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PYRAMID-GOLDENEYE LAKE


Lake Information

County: Perry

Acreage: 140

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unlimited HP/Wake Only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes


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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2021

Muskellunge

Adult

72

2021

Striped Bass x White Bass (Wiper)

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

2830


Additional information for stocking on PYRAMID-GOLDENEYE LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Very Good

Goldeneye Lake has a quality Black Crappie population. Most of the black crappie collected in this lake are over 10 inches in length. However, very few were collected during 2021. One of the few collected was over 15 inches in length and weighed 2.25 lbs.

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill population size structure is poor. The majority of Bluegill in the sample were less than 6 inches in length.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Fair

A low density population of Channel Catfish exists in the lake. Four were collected during the fall netting survey, ranging in size from 2 to 5.5 lbs.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Developing

One Hybrid Striped Bass was collected during the spring electrofishing survey, which was 22 inches in length and weighed nearly 6 lbs. This individual likely came from Redhead Lake, which is stocked annually and overflows into Goldeneye Lake. An initial year class of 2800 Hybrid Striped Bass were stocked in Goldeneye Lake during 2021. Stockings will continue on an annual basis to establish a fishable population.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Excellent

Electrofishing is now a suitable sampling tool at this lake thanks to modernized equipment that can effectively stun fish in high conductivity water. Therefore, an electrofishing survey was conducted during April of 2021. The survey was conducted at night due to the deep, steep-sided nature of the lake, which can limit the efficiency of electrofishing during daylight hours. Results of the survey indicate an excellent bass fishery in Goldeneye Lake. A total of 149 Largemouth Bass were collected during 45 minutes of electrofishing. Of the bass collected, 59% were at least 15 inches and 21% were over 18 inches in length. Body condition was relatively good for such an abundant bass population. The largest bass collected was 5.8 lbs. Goldeneye Lake likely contains the best bass fishery within Pyramid State Park.

MUSKELLUNGE

Good

Goldeneye Lake is stocked annually with Muskie, although none were collected during the targeted early spring trap net survey. Muskie have traditionally been very difficult to sample in this lake. However, anglers have reported catches of Muskie in excess of 40 inches.

Location: Pyramid State Park is located south of Pinckneyville in Perry County. The Galum Section is accessed off Panda Bear Road. From State Route 127, head west on Pyatt-Cutler Road. About 6 miles west of Pyramid State Park, turn north onto Panda Bear Road.

Description: Goldeneye Lake is a 140-acre strip cut located in the Galum Unit of Pyramid State Park. Facilities at the lake include a concrete boat launch, floating docks, and bathrooms.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Thanks to upgraded equipment, electrofishing is now an effective sampling tool for this lake.
The 2021 spring nocturnal electrofishing survey was the first conducted on Goldeneye Lake. All fishery information prior to 2021 was based on spring trap net surveys. The electrofishing survey indicated an excellent Largemouth Bass fishery, likely the best in the entire park. A fall netting survey (trap nets and gill nets) was also conducted and indicated the lake harbors large Black Crappie and a small number of Channel Catfish.

Additional Lake Information: Note: A new horsepower rule went into effect February of 2018: Unlimited HP motor limit and all boats/motors must be operated at no wake speed.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 5 fish under 14” and fish 1 over 18” limit, 14–18 inch protected slot (no possession)
Bluegill or redear sunfish: 25 fish daily limit
Crappie: 25 fish daily limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit
Muskellunge: 1 fish daily limit, 48" minimum length.

2 pole and line fishing only and bowfishing is allowed. All live bait in excess of 8" must be rigged with a quick set rig. From November 1 through February 28, fishing is allowed in designated areas only, and fishing hours are from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 2:00 PM. Maps of fish attractor locations can be obtained via the link on this page that says "Fish Attractors".

Contact Information:
Pyramid State Park:
618-357-2574
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Nick Abell
618-967-0952

There were 6 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2021.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 129

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

1     6.28 lbs
2     5.94 lbs
3     5.56 lbs
4     5.26 lbs
5     5.23 lbs

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

1 152.50 lbs
2 88.00 lbs
3 48.50 lbs
4 48.17 lbs
5 24.56 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 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
July-1721646ApprovedPyramid SRA (10 boat max) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1120184ApprovedPyramid SRA (10 boat max) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2521944ApprovedPyramid SRA (10 boat max) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoYes