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Lake Information

County: Perry

Acreage: 210

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? yes

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? No

Camping? No

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Fish Stocking






Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"



Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"



Channel Catfish

Non-vulnerable 8 - 10"


Additional information for stocking on DU QUOIN CITY RESERVOIR

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status



The bluegill population structure is relatively good, but there is room for improvement. During the 2020 fall survey, 185 bluegill were collected, of which 12% were over 7 inches. However, no bluegill over 8 inches were collected. Body condition is relatively poor for larger size classes of bluegill in this lake. Bluegill growth is likely impacted by the overabundant gizzard shad population. Stockings of additional piscivore species (i.e. hybrid striped bass or saugeye) may be attempted in the future to reduce the abundance of large gizzard shad and improve bluegill growth. Site Regulation: 25 fish daily limit.



No channel catfish have ever been collected during IDNR surveys at this lake. However, anglers report that they are present and can be caught. Therefore, gill nets will be deployed during the 2021 survey to attempt to sample the population. 2000 6-8-inch channel catfish were stocked in August of 2020. Stockings will continue on an annual basis as long as fish are available. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.


Very Good

DuQuoin City Lake contains a quality crappie fishery consisting of both black and white crappie. Of the 180 crappie collected during the 2020 survey, 46% were over 9 inches and 15% were over 10 inches. The largest crappie collected was 14.2 inches and weighed 1.5 lbs. White crappie demonstrate greater growth capacity than black crappie in this lake. Black crappie body condition rapidly decreased with length, while white crappie body condition remained relatively good. Site Regulation: 25 fish daily limit.



During the 2020 fall electrofishing survey, a total of 45 largemouth bass were collected during 1 hour of electrofishing. 24% of fish collected were over 14 inches and 2% were over 18 inches. The largest bass collected was 20.7 inches and weighed 5.2 lbs. The catch rate for largemouth bass remains below the goal of 60/hour. This may be due to the presence of a dense ring of spatterdock growing in the shallows around the lake, which obstructs electrofishing. Therefore, the 2021 electrofishing survey will be attempted during the spring, before the spatterdock fully emerges. If catch rates remain depressed, then the overabundant gizzard shad population may be the cause depressed bass recruitment through competition with juvenile bass for zooplankton. Stockings of additional piscivores (hybrid striped bass and/or saugeye) may be attempted in the future as a means of reducing gizzard shad abundance through predation. Supplemental largemouth bass stockings may also be requested if evidence of poor recruitment continues after switching to spring electrofishing. Site Regulation: 5 fish under 14" and 1 fish over 18" daily limit; 14-18" protected slot.



The redear fishery in Du Quoin City Lake is excellent. Of the 112 redear collected in the 2020 fall survey, 84% were over 8 inches in length and 27% were over 10 inches. The largest redear was 11.7 inches long and weighed 1.2 lbs. Body condition was excellent across all size groups. Site Regulation: 25 fish daily limit.

Location: DuQuoin City Lake is located in Perry County north of DuQuoin. From center of town take State Route 51 North for approximately 4 miles and turn east onto City Lake Road.

Description: This 210-acre lake has a shoreline length of 12 miles and a maximum depth of 30 feet. There is a single lane boat ramp. There are no docks, restrooms or concessions available and parking in the gravel lot is limited. Much of the shoreline is surrounded by spatterdock (yellow cow lily) which provides excellent fish habitat.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Historically, A fall electrofishing survey has been conducted annually at this lake. In addition to the 2020 fall electrofishing survey, trap nets were utilized to collect more information on panfish species, including crappie, bluegill, and redear. For 2021, gill nets will also be implemented into the sampling design, primarily to evaluate the channel catfish population. Two thousand 6-8-inch channel catfish were stocked in the lake by IDNR during August of 2020. Channel catfish stockings will continue on an annual basis as long as these fish are available.

Results of the 2020 survey indicate quality fisheries continue to exist for redear, crappie, and largemouth bass. The redear population in particular is noteworthy. The lake continues to harbor an overabundant gizzard shad population. See the descriptions above for further details on the status of each species.

Additional Lake Information: Site Regulations:
Crappie: 25 fish daily limit
Channel Catfish: 6 fish daily limit
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish: 25 fish daily limit
Largemouth Bass: 5 fish under 14" and 1 fish over 18" daily limit; 14-18" protected slot

Contact Information:
City of DuQuoin:
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Nick Abell

There were 6 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2021.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 240

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

1     5.38 lbs
2     5.25 lbs
3     5.00 lbs
4     4.81 lbs
5     4.62 lbs

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

1 91.38 lbs
2 66.78 lbs
3 45.25 lbs
4 45.03 lbs
5 28.27 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.

2021 – 2022 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
March-2620382ApprovedRamp boat
15Largemouth Bass
June-2620544ApprovedRamp boat
20Largemouth Bass
July-1620111ApprovedRamp boat
10Largemouth Bass