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PYRAMID-REDHEAD LAKE


Lake Information

County: Perry

Acreage: 55

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unlimited Motor/No Wake

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2021

Striped Bass x White Bass (Wiper)

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

1123


Additional information for stocking on PYRAMID-REDHEAD LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill population is poor. Very few Bluegill over 7 inches were collected.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Very Good

Redhead Lake is home to a quality Channel Catfish fishery. Catfish up to 8.5 lbs. were collected during 2021 surveys.

CRAPPIE

Very Good

Redhead Lake contains both Black and White Crappie. Although few crappie were collected during 2021, past surveys have indicated that a quality crappie fishery exists in the lake.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Excellent

Redhead Lake is home to an excellent fishery for Hybrid Striped Bass, which have been stocked most years since 2015. During the fall netting survey, 9 were collected in experimental gill nets. Individuals collected ranged in length from 14 to over 24 inches. The largest individual was 24.5 inches and weighed nearly 9 lbs.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

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. A total of 79 Largemouth Bass were collected during 30 minutes of electrofishing. Of the bass collected, 22% were at least 15 inches and 4% were over 18 inches in length. Body condition was relatively poor until bass reached 17 inches, likely due to the abundance of large shad in the lake. The abundance of larger bass in Redhead Lake was less than most other lakes within the Arch Properties of Pyramid State Park.

Location: Pyramid State Park is located south of Pinckneyville in Perry County. Redhead Lake is a strip cut lake located on the Galum Section of Pyramid State Park. 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: The only facilities offered at this 55-acre lake is a gravel boat ramp. Parking is very limited and anglers should check the condition of the ramp before attempting to launch at this lake.

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 Redhead Lake. All fishery information prior to 2021 was based on spring trap net surveys. The electrofishing survey indicated there is an abundance of small bass in the lake, although some quality-size fish are present. A fall netting survey (trap nets and gill nets) was also conducted and indicated the lake harbors quality fisheries for Channel Catfish and Hybrid Striped Bass.

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

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. Please note that fishing is prohibited from November 1 through February 28.

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