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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"



Walleye x Sauger (Saugeye)

Fingerling 1 - 3"


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. Of the 298 Bluegill collected during the spring electrofishing survey, only 5% were over 7 inches and none were over 8 inches in length. Body condition was poor across nearly all size ranges. In addition, 83 Bluegill were aged using otoliths. Bluegill growth generally stunted around age 4 before most fish reached 7 inches. The abundance of Gizzard Shad in the lake is the likely driver of poor Bluegill growth.


Very Good

Pinckneyville City Lake is home to a very good Channel Catfish population. Channel Catfish in this lake demonstrate excellent growth potential, with some individuals growing in excess of 15 lbs. During 2021, 3 Channel Catfish were collected during the spring electrofishing survey and an additional 22 were collected during the fall netting survey. Body condition was excellent, indicating adequate forage and good growth. Catfish in the sample ranged in length from 10 inches up to 31 inches. The largest Channel Catfish collected was 31 inches in length and weighed just under 16 lbs. Non-vulnerable size Channel Catfish are stocked when surplus fish are available from Little Grassy Fish Hatchery. About 2000 4-5-inch Channel Catfish were stocked in Pinckneyville City Lake during 2021 to supplement natural reproduction.



Pinckneyville City Lake contains both Black and White Crappie. During the spring electrofishing survey, 168 White Crappie and 27 Black Crappie were collected. An additional 150 White Crappie and 49 Black Crappie were collected during the fall netting survey. The crappie population can be described as overabundant and stunted. Only 3% of crappie collected during 2021 were over 9 inches in length, the vast majority being between 7-8 inches.



Pinckneyville City Lake possesses an excellent Largemouth Bass fishery. During the 2021 spring electrofishing survey, a total of 147 Largemouth Bass were collected during 1 hour of electrofishing. Of the bass collected, 50% were over 15 inches and 20% were over 18 inches. The largest bass collected was over 21 inches and weighed 6 lbs. Bass body condition is very good and rapidly increases once they reach 14 inches, suggesting that bass can begin utilizing the abundance of adult gizzard shad at that size.



Redear are present in low numbers in Pinckneyville City Lake. Redear growth appears to be good, as individuals have been observed up to 9 inches in length.

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 was the only tool used to evaluate the fishery. However, the sampling approach for this lake was overhauled during 2021. The electrofishing survey was moved to April and a fall netting survey (trap nets and gill nets) was implemented to collect data on species underrepresented during electrofishing surveys. In addition, supplemental catfish stocking was implemented during 2020 and 2021 to bolster the population. Channel catfish stockings will continue on an annual basis as long as fish are available.

Results of the 2021 survey indicate the Largemouth Bass fishery still exceptional. However, Bluegill and Crappie are generally overabundant and stunted, with few quality-size fish present. The lake continues to harbor a dense shad population. Therefore, Saugeye (Walleye x Sauger hybrids) are slated for annual stockings beginning in 2022.

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 2 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2021.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 21

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2022 tournaments:

1     5.19 lbs
2     4.81 lbs
3     4.38 lbs
4     3.56 lbs
5     3.50 lbs

Top 5 Total Tournament Weight of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2022 tournaments:

1 64.75 lbs
2 19.25 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 – 2023 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
June-0323178ApprovedPinckneyville City Lake Ramp boat
19Largemouth Bass