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Lake Information

County: Perry

Acreage: 60

Recreational Amenities

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status


Very Good

Unlike most other Arch Property lakes, the Bluegill population in Canada Goose Lake seemed relatively good. A total of 55 Bluegill were collected during the spring electrofishing survey, of which 16% were over 7 inches and 4% were over 8 inches. The presence of Bluegill over 8 inches is an indicator of a quality fishery.



A low-density Channel Catfish population exists in this lake. Three individuals were collected during the fall netting survey ranging from 1.8 to 3.1 lbs.



Only one White Crappie was collected during 2021. However, the individual was over 14 inches and weighed 1.6 lbs.



During the 2021 electrofishing survey, A total of 71 Largemouth Bass were collected. This lake possesses an abundance of small bass, as 66% of bass collected were between 10 and 12 inches. Only 13% of bass were over 15 inches and 3% were over 18 inches. The largest bass collected was 6.2 lbs.

Location: Pyramid State Park is located south of Pinckneyville in Perry County. The Captain 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: Canada Goose Lake is a 60-acre strip cut located in the Captain Unit Pyramid State Park. Water clarity is very high in this lake. There is a gravel boat launch, but no dock or bathroom facilities.

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 survey conducted on Canada Goose Lake. The survey indicated a good Largemouth Bass fishery and a very good Bluegill fishery. Bluegill in excess of 8 inches are present and should provide good opportunities for anglers. A fall netting survey (trap nets and gill nets) was also conducted and indicated the lake harbors Crappie and Channel Catfish in low numbers.

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

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: statewide limit of 6 fish/day
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