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W. FRANKFORT OLD CITY


Lake Information

County: Franklin

Acreage: 147

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? No

Camping? No


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Excellent

Bluegill were collected from West Frankfort Old City Lake in 2021 at a rate of 744/hour of electrofishing. Quality of these fish exceeded the management plan goal, as 51% were larger than 6 inches, and 4% exceeded 7 inches in length. Bluegill body condition was very good.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

Sampled abundance of channel catfish was low in the 2021 West Frankfort Old City Lake sample, as evidenced by the electrofishing catch rate of four fish per hour, but body condition was excellent. The channel catfish population of West Frankfort Old City Lake is maintained through supplemental stockings accomplished every other year. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.

CRAPPIE

Average

Crappie were more common during spring 2021. White and black crappie were collected at rates of 128 and 52 fish per hour of electrofishing, respect tively. However, many of these fish were 6 to 8 inches in length, and none of these were over 9 inches. Body condition of both crappie species was substandard, suggesting an overpopulation.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

Largemouth bass were found in West Frankfort Old City Lake in better numbers in spring 2021, and these fish exhibited very good quality. The annual electrofishing survey produced 72 bass per hour (goal is 60 per hour. Eighty five percent were over 12 inches, which exceeded the management plan goal, and 38% were larger than 15 inches, a slight increase from the previous year. Bass body condition met management goals. 15" length limit, 3 fish daily limit.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Very Good

As usual small numbers of redear were included in the 2021 survey of West Frankfort Old City Lake, compared to bluegill. 150 redear were collected per hour of electrofishing. 80% of these fish were 8 inches or larger, and no fish sampled were over 10 inches in length. Redear body condition was still excellent.

Location: West Frankfort Old City Lake is located approximately 4 miles east-southeast of West Frankfort, Illinois and one mile south of Route 149 in Franklin County.

Description: West Frankfort Old City Lake is a relatively shallow, 147-acre, city-owned impoundment. The lake is mostly surrounded by woods and has one boat ramp.

Additional Lake Information: Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 15" length limit, 3 fish daily limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Luke Nelson
618-985-1112

There were 6 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2021.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 56

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2021 tournaments:

1     5.05 lbs
2     4.67 lbs
3     4.44 lbs
4     3.88 lbs
5     2.81 lbs

Top 5 Total Tournament Weight of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2021 tournaments:

1 36.19 lbs
2 33.76 lbs
3 33.20 lbs
4 17.75 lbs
5 12.84 lbs


Multiple day tournaments are listed with * end date.

Interested in participating in one of these public tournaments? Contact us with tournament ID for more information.

2022 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
July-0521443ApprovedRamp boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-0221444ApprovedRamp boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-3021445ApprovedRamp boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoYes