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Lake Information

County: Williamson

Acreage: 60

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Fish Stocking






Channel Catfish

Non-vulnerable 8 - 10"


Additional information for stocking on Herrin Lake 1

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Fish Status


Very Good

Bluegill were collected from Herrin #1 Lake during the 2021 survey at a substantially higher rate compared to the previous sample, but quality of these fish was similar. The bluegill electrofishing catch rate was 336 per hour, and 35% were over 6 inches . Also, twenty five percent were larger than 7 inches. Bluegill body condition stayed excellent.



Channel catfish were collected at a rate of 22 per hour of electrofishing during the 2021 survey, which was up from the previous sample. These fish ranged from 16 to 22 inches in length, and their condition was excellent. The channel catfish population is normally maintained by stocking every other year, but an additional 1,000 non-vulnerable channel catfish were stocked in 2019 because of a hatchery surplus. Site Regulation: 6 per day creel limit.



Crappie are generally very scarce, and both black (2/hr) and white crappie (17/hr) were collected at low rates. All crappie had substandard body condition



Abundance of largemouth bass in Herrin #1 Lake, based on electrofishing catch-per-unit-effort was slightly lower in 2021. Largemouth bass were collected at a rate of 160 per hour. Of these, 53% were over 12 inches, well within the management plan goal, and 3% were larger than the lake’s 15 inch minimum length limit. Bass body condition was better than the previous 5 years in 2021 and was just above the management plan goal range. Site Regulation: 15" length limit and 3 per day creel limit.


Very Good

Redear abundance was better in 2021 sampling of Herrin #1 Lake (24/hr), which is normal. 67% of redear were greater than 8 inches and body condition was excellent.

Location: Herrin #1 Lake is located on the southwest edge of Herrin, Illinois in Williamson County.

Description: Herrin #1 Lake is a 60-acre city-owned impoundment. The lake is partially surrounded by homes and a golf course and has an improved boat ramp.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: A fairly significant oxygen-related fish kill occurred in Herrin #1 Lake in September 2010, and the fish community has rebounded well.

Additional Lake Information: Electric motors only. A city permit is required for accessing Herrin #1 Lake. Contact the city clerk at 618-942-3175 for more information.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass – 15 inch length limit and 3 per day creel limit
Channel catfish – 6 per day creel limit

Contact Information:
City Clerk
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Luke Nelson