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Lake Information

County: Perry

Acreage: 165

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp - no wake only

Boat Ramps? Yes

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"



Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"


Additional information for stocking on PINCKNEYVILLE CITY LAKE

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status



The bluegill population structure can be considered poor relative to other lakes in the region. During the 2020 fall survey, 322 bluegill were collected, of which only 7% were over 7 inches and less than 1% were over 8 inches. Body condition was considered poor across all size ranges. Bluegill appear to be overpopulated and stunted due to an 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 gizzard shad and improve panfish growth.



No channel catfish were collected during the 2020 survey. However, numbers of quality-size fish have been collected during past surveys. Starting in 2021, gill net surveys will be conducted to sample the channel catfish population more effectively. 1000 6-8-inch channel catfish were stocked in August of 2020.



Pinckneyville City Lake contains both black and white crappie. Of the 97 crappie collected during the 2020 survey, only 14% were over 9 inches and 7% were over 10 inches. The largest crappie collected was only 11.2 inches and weighed 0.7 lbs.



Pinckneyville City Lake possesses an excellent largemouth bass fishery. During the 2020 fall electrofishing survey, a total of 121 largemouth bass were collected during 1 hour of electrofishing, easily surpassing the goal of 60/hour. 40% of fish collected were over 14 inches, 32% were over 16 inches, and 17% were over 18 inches. The largest bass collected was 22 inches and weighed 6.6 lbs. Body condition rapidly increases when the bass in this lake reach 14 inches and remains high thereafter. This suggests that largemouth bass likely become able to utilize the abundance of adult gizzard shad in the lake once they reach 14 inches. Site Regulation: 1 fish over 18" daily limit



The redear fishery in Pinckneyville City Lake has improved in recent years. Of the 57 redear collected in the 2020 fall survey, 26% were over 8 inches, with a few fish in the sample over 9 inches. The largest redear was 9.1 inches long and weighed 0.5 lbs.

Location: Pinckneyville City Lake is located in Perry County about 3 miles northwest of Pinckneyville off Route 127 North. Turn west onto Lake Road.

Description: Facilities at this 165-acre reservoir include a concrete boat launch, paved parking lot, floating dock, and bathrooms.

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. One thousand 6-8-inch channel catfish were stocked in the lake by IDNR during August of 2020.

Results of the 2020 survey indicate that a high quality fishery continues to exist for largemouth bass. However, bluegill and crappie are generally overabundant and stunted, with few quality-size fish present. The lake continues to harbor an overabundance of gizzard shad. See descriptions above for further details on the status of each species.

Additional Lake Information: Site Regulations:
Largemouth Bass: 1 fish over 18" daily harvest limit

There is a 10 HP motor limit on this lake. All boats must travel at no wake speeds.

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

There were 1 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2021.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 4

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

1     4.38 lbs
2     3.56 lbs

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

1 15.44 lbs