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PYRAMID-CANVASBACK LAKE


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

Year

Species

Size

Count

2021

Muskellunge

Adult

36


Additional information for stocking on Pyramid Denmark - Canvasback Lake


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill population is poor. The majority of Bluegill were in the 4 to 6-inch range.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Average

Only 5 Channel Catfish were collected during the fall netting survey. Individuals ranged in size from 2 to 5 lbs. Mean body condition was good.

CRAPPIE

Very Good

Canvasback Lake is notorious for producing numbers of large crappie. The population consists of both Black and White Crappie. However, only 2 Black Crappie were collected during 2021. Catches of crappie in nets have been sporadic during past surveys. During years when numbers of crappie were collected during surveys, the majority of fish were in the 12 to 15-inch range, with some individuals exceeding 17 inches and 3 lbs. The largest crappie ever collected during a survey was 3.75 lbs.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very 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, clear, steep-sided nature of the lake, which can limit the efficiency of electrofishing during daylight hours. A total of 46 Largemouth Bass were collected during 30 minutes of electrofishing. Of the bass collected, 48% were at least 15 inches and 17% were over 18 inches in length. Body condition was relatively good for such a clear lake. The largest bass collected was 4.4 lbs.

MUSKELLUNGE

Good

This lake is stocked annually with Muskie. One Muskie was collected during the fall netting survey that measured 33 inches and weighed 9.6 lbs. Muskie have traditionally been very difficult to sample in this lake.

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: 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 Canvasback Lake. All fishery information prior to 2021 was based on spring trap net surveys. The electrofishing survey indicated a very good Largemouth Bass fishery. A fall netting survey (trap nets and gill nets) was also conducted and indicated the lake harbors low numbers of Channel Catfish and Muskie.

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.

Maps of fish attractor locations can be obtained via the link on this page that says "Fish Attractor Locations Map".

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


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 – 2023 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
July-0823372PendingPyramid SRA (10 boat max) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-1923376PendingPyramid SRA (10 boat max) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo