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Lake Information

County: Perry

Acreage: 20

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.

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Fish Status



Merganser Lake appears to have a good crappie population consisting of both black and white crappie. Most fish collected during 2019 trap netting were in the 10-12 inch range.

Location: Pyramid State Park is located south of Pinckneyville in Perry County. Merganser Lake is located just south of Cutler off of Trico Road.

Description: Merganser Lake is located on the Captain Section of Pyramid State Park. This 20-acre strip cut has a gravel boat launch. There are no docks or bathroom facilities.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: All fishery information is based on spring trap netting surveys thus far. A nocturnal electrofishing survey is planned for spring of 2022 and will be repeated every three years.

Additional Lake Information: Note: There is no motor HP limit, but all boats must be operated at no wake speed.

Site-specific 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: 48-inch minimum length 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 the last day of February.

Contact Information:
Pyramid State Park
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Nick Abell