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Lake Information

County: Perry

Acreage: 66

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









Additional information for stocking on PYRAMID-CANVASBACK LAKE

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status



The bluegill population appears relativley poor in Canvasback Lake. No Bluegill over 7 inches were collected during the 2021 spring nocturnal electrofishing survey and few bluegill over 7 inches have ever been collected during past surveys. Site Regulation: 25 fish daily limit.



Very few Channel Catfish have ever been collected in Canvasback Lake. However, experimental gill nets deployed during the 2021 fall netting survey should provide better information on the catfish population. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.


Very Good

Canvasback Lake appears to have a very good crappie population consisting of both Black and White Crappie. Past trap net surveys conducted during spring have yielded an abundance of crappie in the 12-16 inch range. Trophy size crappie up to 18 inches and 3.75 lbs. have been collected during recent years. Trap nets deployed during the 2021 fall netting survey should gather more information on the crappie population. Site Regulation: 25 fish daily limit.


Very Good

An electrofishing survey has never been conducted on Canvasback Lake until this year (2021). The 2021 spring nocturnal electrofishing survey indicated a very good Largemouth Bass fishery in Canvasback Lake. We collected 46 bass during 30 minutes of electrofishing, 17% of which were over 18 inches. 46% of bass were within the 14-18 inch protected slot. The largest bass collected weighed 5 lbs. Site Regulation: 5 fish under 14" and one fish over 18"; 14-18 inch protected slot (no posession).



This Lake is stocked annually with muskie. IDNR collected one 36-inch muskie from this lake in the spring of 2014. Although muskie are rarely collected during surveys, anglers report that a fishable population exists.

Location: Pyramid State Park is located south of Pinckneyville in Perry County. The Denmark Section is accessed off of the Pyatt-Cutler Road. From State Route 127, head west on Pyatt-Cutler Road. About 7 miles west of Pyramid State Park, turn south into the Denmark Section.

Description: Canvasback Lake is a strip cut lake located on the Denmark Section of Pyramid State Park. Facilities at this 66-acre lake include a concrete boat launch, floating dock, and bathrooms.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The 2021 spring nocturnal electrofishing survey was the first electrofishing ever conducted on Canvasback Lake. All fishery information prior to 2021 was based on spring trap net surveys. The electrofishing survey confirmed the lake possesses very good Largemouth Bass and crappie fisheries. The lake also possesses angling opportunities for Muskie. However, anglers generally favor Super Lake and Goldeneye Lake for Muskie over Canvasback Lake.

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. Please note that fishing is prohibited from November 1 through February 28. Maps of 23 lakes located on the Arch Portion of Pyramid State Park can be obtained via email by sending a request to

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