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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, bluegill and white bass at Newton Lake in Illinois.

Newton Lake, IL

This 1,700 acre lake is located next to the Newton Power Station in southeast Illinois. Newton Lake offers a variety of fishing opportunities as well as other boating activities.

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Newton Lake, in Illinois, is a true angler's paradise. Situated in Jasper County, this expansive reservoir offers exceptional fishing opportunities and a serene natural environment. The lake is renowned for its diverse fish species, attracting fishermen from far and wide.

Bass fishing is a highlight at Newton Lake, which is present in abundance. The lake's healthy bass population ensures an exciting angling experience for enthusiasts of all skill levels. Anglers can enjoy the thrill of reeling in trophy-sized bass and testing their fishing techniques against these feisty fighters.

In addition to bass, Newton Lake boasts thriving populations of other popular fish species. Bluegill, crappie, white bass, sunfish, and catfish can all be found in the lake's waters. Bluegill and sunfish provide excellent opportunities for family-friendly fishing outings, as these smaller species are plentiful and eager to bite. Crappie, known for their delicious taste and challenging nature, attract anglers seeking a rewarding fishing experience. White bass, with their strong fighting ability, provide excitement for those looking for a spirited battle on the water. Catfish, including channel catfish and flathead catfish, offer a unique and thrilling angling experience for those targeting these bottom-dwelling predators.

Pontoon boats, fishing boats, pleasure boats, kayaks and canoes are all welcome, but a 25-horsepower limit is in force for all boats (boats with larger engines are allowed on the lake but must be powered with alternative motors). Bass, catfish and white bass are the primary target of anglers, but crappie and bluegill are often cooperative as well. With 52 miles of shoreline there is plenty of water for everyone to fish. Access to the shoreline for bank fishing is somewhat limited. Try areas around boat ramps or the Newton Lake Conservation Area.

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Primary fish species residing in Newton Lake

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Bluegill White Bass

Newton Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NO
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NO
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Newton Lake is not only a fishing haven but also an ideal destination for boating enthusiasts. Its expansive size allows for various water activities, such as cruising, water skiing, and pontoon boating. The calm waters and picturesque surroundings make boating on Newton Lake a memorable experience. Whether you prefer a leisurely ride or an adrenaline-filled adventure, the lake offers something for everyone.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Newton Lake East Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off N 500th Street, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Newton Lake West Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off E 300th Avenue, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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No Campgrounds Or RV Parks Nearby

Newton Lake IL Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Newton Lake
Newton Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area
3490 E. 500th Avenue
Newton, IL 62448
618 783-3478


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