Clinton Lake

De Witt - Illinois


  • 85 catches

  • 1K+ followers

  • 298 spots

This large cooling lake supports a diverse fishery, featuring largemouth, catfish, Walleye and hybrid stripers. Crappie and Bluegill provide plenty of action for panfish enthusiasts. Great public use facilities. 4,895 acres A section of the Clinton Lake ...

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Clinton Lake Fishing Reports

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  1. Got my 15 limit fairly quick from my FS -10 Kayak.-5/2/20

    Black/white Crappie with a Wax worms

    1. Jerry D 0
      sorry- used his bass boat and the fish were in 5 ft of water.
    2. Jerry D 0
      went back to Clinton Lake today and did the limit in a Bass Boat with a friend whee my kayak located them. West Boat access.
    3. Steve busha 0
      how do you fillet the basket ball or do you just gut it?
    4. scott logan 0
      when's the fry? i'll bring beer
    5. sweet I might do some crappie fishing ! check my YouTube out!! https://youtu.be/MGM16r8detU
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  2. 27 lb. 36.0 in. Flathead Catfish with a minnow

    1. James Cupp 0
      Nice fish. And good eating too!
  3. when is the best time in spring to fish crappie ?
    possibly moving back---have been gone 35 yrs.

    1. Kenneth Gilmore 0
      End of April and May see you there
  4. Got my limit of crappie and a couple channels to go with this beast but all in all it was a great day out and if you haven’t been there it’s a excellent lake to ...more give a shot.

    30 lb. Flathead Catfish with a Live minnow fishing for crappie w/4lb line 😎 “SNATCH OR STARVE”

    1. Alexander Hoxsie 0
      how long did it take to get in
    2. Cindy Prosser 0
      That has to be a fun fight on 4lb test!! 👍
    3. Paul Moore 0
      Thanks
    4. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice one !!!
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  5. Snowy morning at Clinton Lake. The Crappie were going crazy. Lots and lots of small ones, ended up fishing for 5 hours to catch 15 Crappie that were legal size. ...more Total amount of fish caught was 134.

    Black Crappie

    1. james hanson 0
      that must of been a blast
  6. Black Crappie with a lure

    1. Terry Ryder 0
      They have been on all winter long. Last few times I went the bite is best early morning before sun comes up. Then in the evening as the sun goes down.
    2. Jeremiah Wattigny 0
      They turning on over there ? I may go try and target some crappie this coming weekend ! What's the water temp ?
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  7. In December 2017 on one of the coldest mornings we had In central Illinois the Crappie we going crazy. 15 fish limit in 2 hours. Caught several small fish along ...more with my limit. Well worth fighting the frigid temps.

    Black Crappie with a bait

  8. A few crappie and blue gill from Clinton lake back in February.

    Black Crappie with a lure

    1. Terry Ryder 0
      The lake has risen about 3 foot, water is a bit murky, water temp is at med 40's and dropping slowly, will probably start rising by the weekend.
    2. Scott Bailey 0
      What's water temp right now on lake. Wanting to plan a crappie trip for middle March. Thanks
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  9. Last Sunday's catch at the lake, before all of the rain moved in.

    Hybrid Striped Bass

    1. Terry Ryder 0
      silver rat L trap, red eye, blue top.
    2. Kaye Puszakowski 0
      Nice catch, what bait did you use?
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