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Lake Information

County: Champaign

Acreage: 128

Average Depth: 19 feet

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Fish Stocking






Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"



Redear Sunfish

Fingerling 1 - 3"



Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"



Redear Sunfish

Fingerling 1 - 3"


Additional information for stocking on SUNSET LAKE - CCFPD

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status



In 2019, the catch rate for bluegill was 229.3 per hour of electrofishing, which exceeded the management objective of 125 to 210 bluegill per hour. Based on bluegill over 3 inches, 55% were longer than 6 inches and 2% were longer than 8 inches. Overall, the quality of the bluegill population is good. Site Regulation: 15 fish daily limit.



Sunset Lake is stocked each year with channel catfish from the state hatchery system. The catfish fishery has good numbers and adequate sizes for anglers. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.



In 2019, the catch rate of white crappie was 6.7 per hour and the catch rate for black crappie was 24 per hour. The management objective is 25 per hour. The average catch rate for the past 9 surveys is 6.4 white crappie per hour and 5.1 black crappie per hour. Of the black crappie collected over 5 inches, 33% were longer than 8 inches and 11% longer than 10 inches. Site Regulation: 9” minimum length limit, 10 fish daily limit.



The 2019 survey resulted in a catch rate of 221.3 bass per hour of electrofishing, which exceed the management objective of 125 bass per hour. The average catch rate since 2002 is 135 bass per hour. Based on bass 8 inches and longer; 37% were over 12 inches, and 13% were over 15 inches. Even though the catch rate was low for larger bass, the 2019 survey resulted in the highest catch rate ever obtained at Sunset Lake for bass over 15 inches.

Location: Sunset Lake is located in Champaign County on the edge of the Village of Mahomet within the River Bend Forest Preserve, which is located in south Mahomet on Mid-America Road about one mile west of Route 47. The physical address is 1602 Mid-America Road, Mahomet.

Description: Sunset Lake is a gravel pit constructed by the Mid-America Sand & Gravel Company. The lake is approximately 125 acres, but the southwestern portion is being actively mined at this time. The lake has a maximum depth of 54 feet and an average depth of 19 feet.

The majority of the lake is owned by the Champaign County Forest Preserve District. The River Bend Forest Preserve is being developed as a natural area, with some recreational amenities, including a bicycle path, hiking trails, picnic area, and fishing.

Additional Lake Information: 2 pole and line fishing only. Live bait is prohibited; worms are allowed. Watercraft power is limited to oar, paddle, or electric trolling motors.

Possibility Pier, designed for universal accessibility, allows a seated person to fish through railing slots and use tackle tables at just the right height. Artificial aquatic weeds strung from the bottom of the pier attract fish, and specially constructed habitat structures on the bottom do the same.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 15" protected slot length limit with no more than 1 Fish greater than 15˝ and 2 fish less than 15”
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit
Bluegill/redear sunfish: 15 fish daily limit
White/black/hybrid crappie: 9” minimum length limit, 10 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
River Bend Forest Preserve:
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Mike Garthaus