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SESSER CITY RESERVOIR


Lake Information

County: Franklin

Acreage: 44

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? No motors

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? No

Camping? No


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2021

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

400


Additional information for stocking on SESSER CITY RESERVOIR


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Fair

Black crappie were collected at a low rate in 2021. Crappie were between 4 and 11 inches in length, and body condition was substandard.

BLUEGILL

Very Good

Sesser Reservoir bluegill abundance in 2021, as measured by electrofishing catch rate, increased from the previous year at 135 per hour, and the proportion larger than 6 inches stayed within management range at 42%. Seven percent of sampled fish were over 7 inches in length. Bluegill still displayed excellent body condition.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Average

No channel catfish was included in the 2021 sampling of Sesser City Reservoir. The Sesser City Reservoir channel catfish population is maintained by IDNR stockings every other year. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Excellent

Largemouth bass were found in Sesser City Reservoir in better numbers at the time of the spring 2021 survey, at a rate of 69 per hour of electrofishing, which met the general management plan goal. The proportion of bass larger than 12 inches was slightly higher than the previous year at 68%, and this index easily exceeded the goal. Proportions of larger bass increased markedly. 46% of fish sampled were at least 15 inches, and 9% were over 18 inches. Bass body condition remained within the management plan goal range. Site Regulation: 18" length limit and 1 fish daily limit.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Good

Redear numbers were better in 2021 (48 collected per hour), with good population and condition indices. 30% were 8 inches or bigger, and condition was excellent.

Location: Sesser City Reservoir is located just southeast of Sesser, Illinois in Franklin County.

Description: Sesser City Reservoir is a relatively fertile and shallow 20-acre city-owned impoundment mostly surrounded by woods. It has a gravel ramp.

Additional Lake Information: Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 18" length limit and 1 fish daily limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit

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