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McLean County:
115 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Fishing
About Evergreen Lake
Evergreen Lake offers a wide array of fishing challenges, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, hybrid walleye (saugeye), muskie, white bass, bluegill, channel catfish, and flathead catfish.   EVERGREEN LAKE REMAINS A 10 hp LIMIT LAKE.  Download a map of Evergreen Lake.

Additional lake details include:
  • Surface acres - 925 acres
  • Maximum depth - 55 feet
  • Average depth - 19 feet
  • Shoreline miles - 22.5 miles


Evergreen Lake Bait Shop & Boat Rental
FALL HOURS FOR EVERGREEN LAKE BAIT SHOP & BOAT RENTAL:

BAIT SHOP: 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. DAILY

BOAT RENTAL: 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. SAT. & SUN. ONLY

Thank you.

NOTE - During the weekdays staff is not present, please press buzzer on the front of the building for assistance or call the Visitor Center at (309) 434-6770.  Thank you!


Fishery Management Plan

In cooperation with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the McLean County Department of Parks and Recreation has implemented an ongoing, long-term fishery management plan for Evergreen Lake. Since 1990, nearly 75,000 4-8 inch large-mouth bass, 20,000 8-11 inch pure musky, and 1,000,000 1-2 inch hybrid walleye (saugeye) have been stocked in the lake, with very good success.


EVERGREEN LAKE REGULATIONS


-Anglers must possess a valid Illinois Fishing License as REQUIRED by law.
-Anglers using boats are limited to using a 10 Horsepower (or less) motor. -Gas motors are prohibited in certain sections of Southern Portions of the Lake from Oct 15th – Jan 1st (To allow for migratory waterfowl)

No person shall take or catch any fish or aquatic life from Evergreen Lake, Jones Pond, or their tributaries by any other method than stated below.
1. By means of not more than: 2 Poles and line with no more than

2. 2 hooks or lures attached to each (including trolling).

3. By means of legal sized cast nets, which may be used to obtain the following bait (provided they are not sold): Shad, Minnows, & Crayfish

4. By means of: Pitchfork, Gigs, Bow & Arrow (or their devices) for the taking of: Carp, Asian Carp, Carpsuckers, Buffalo Gar, Bowfin, and Suckers. (Except during Illinois Archery Deer Season)

5. By means of a Gig for taking frogs. (Frogs may be taken in open season only).

Prohibited Fishing Practices

-Bank Poles, Trot Lines, Bush Lines, Seining, or Jug Fishing are Prohibited.
-Swimming, Wading, and Float Fishing are prohibited.

UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED HERE, ALL STATE OF ILLINOIS FISHING REGULATIONS WILL BE ENFORCED.

-Fishing in, below or beyond the spillway is prohibited. *Cast netting prohibited below spillway
*Asian Carp are now present in the Mackinaw River and its tributaries.


FISH SIZE REGULATIONS 
 
The minimum size and creel limits, in addition to those stated by the Illinois statewide fishing regulations are: 
 
Fish                                    Size                Daily Creel Limit 

Muskie                                  48”                             1
 
Walleye                                 18”                             3
Sauger                                  *Effective
Saugeye                                  April 1, 2015 
(Hybrid Walleye)
 
Bass                                     15”                              3
(Large/Smallmouth)                                                 *Effective
                                                                                April 1, 2016
  
Crappie                                 No size limit                 15
(Black, White, & Hybrid) 
 
Fish caught under the size limit MUST be returned to the lake unharmed. 
 

WATERCRAFT REGISTRATION

*Required on all watercraft* (Sailboats, sailboards, canoes, and kayaks, etc.)

Registrations can be done at the COMLARA Park Visitors Center during office hours, at self-registration drop boxes located at both boat launch facilities, and online at our website.

Type of McLean County Non-County

Registration Residents Residents

Daily $15.00 $20.00

Annual $38.00 $48.00

*10 horsepower or less motor restriction

*10+ motors are allowed for loading and unloading, but must otherwise remain out of the water.

BAIT SHOP OPEN APRIL -OCT

Hours and bait availability may vary. Please contact Visitor Center for current hours and bait availability.

Lake Closed During Deer Management Program

Friday - Sunday before Thanksgiving weekend

Thursday - Sunday after Thanksgiving weekend 


SEASONAL WATERCRAFT MOORING

Dock Mooring for Boats/Canoes
$400.00 for NON-McLean County Residents & $300.00 for McLean County Residents

Mooring for Canoes/Kayaks
$70.00 for NON-McLean County Residents & $50.00 for McLean County Residents