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GCSP - ALLEN POND


Lake Information

County: UNION

Acreage: 5

Recreational Amenities

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2021

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

60

2022

Channel Catfish

Non-vulnerable 8 - 10"

60


Additional information for stocking on GCSP - Allen Pond


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Very Good

During the 2021 spring survey, only 2 Bluegill were collected during 6 minutes of electrofishing. Bluegill in the sample ranged from 2 inches up to 9 inches in length. The larger Bluegill was nearly 9 inches and weighed 0.8 lbs. For a small pond, the electrofishing catch rate for Bluegill was very low at 20/hour, indicating heavy predation by Largemouth Bass. In summary, the Bluegill fishery in Allen Pond is characterized by low abundance, but excellent growth. Bluegill body condition in Allen Pond appears to be the highest among all ponds in the park. Although growth potential is very high, Bluegill abundance may need to be increased to enhance the recreational fishery.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

No Channel Catfish were collected during the spring survey. However, the fishery for Channel Catfish is popular among anglers and is maintained by annual stockings. Anglers have been observed catching and harvesting Channel Catfish from Allen Pond.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

During the 2021 spring survey, a total of 21 Largemouth Bass were collected during 6 minutes of electrofishing. The majority of bass were between 10 and 15 inches in length. The largest bass was 14.7 inches and weighed 1.2 lbs. Body condition was considered poor. In summary, Largemouth Bass are abundant in Allen Pond, but growth is relatively poor. However, the current population structure for bass is desirable, as high bass abundance helps drive a quality size structure for Bluegill and Redear, which is the primary management goal in Allen Pond.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Very Good

Similar to Bluegill, only 2 Redear were collected during the spring survey. Both Redear were around 10 inches in length. Redear body condition was very high as well, indicating fast growth. Therefore, the population structure is very similar to Bluegill. Recommendations for future management are consistent with those for Bluegill as well.

Location: Giant City State Park is located south of Carbondale, IL in Jackson and Union Counties.

Description: Allen Pond is a 1-acre impoundment located on the east side of Giant City State Park. The perimeter of the pond is mowed periodically to allow access to anglers.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Allen Pond offers good opportunities for shore anglers to target quality-size Bluegill and Redear, in addition to Largemouth Bass and Channel Catfish. Nonvulnerable size (8-10-inch) Channel Catfish are stocked annually to maintain a fishery for them.

Additional Lake Information: Site Regulations:
All fish - 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only
Channel Catfish - 6 fish daily harvest limit
Largemouth Bass - 15 inch minimum length limit

A site-wide 15 fish per day harvest limit for Bluegill/Redear will go into effect April, 2023.

Contact Information:
Giant City State Park
618-457-4836
IDNR Fisheries Biologist - Nick Abell
618-967-0952