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Fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill and white bass at Rend Lake in Illinois.

Rend Lake, IL

A great place to fish for bluegill and catfish, Rend Lake is also home to bass, crappie and white bass. This 19,000-acre lake in the southern part of the state, is 13 miles long with over 160 miles of shoreline. The lake is scattered with islands and much of the shallows in the river arms have plenty of submerged brush to hold both predator fish and their prey the baitfish. In warmer weather concentrate on shallow water - anywhere there is cover like brush, rocky points and offshore humps and islands. Points can be productive most any time, simply figure out the correct depth for the day. Crappie and white bass tend to school and tend to migrate around the lake following the baitfish. Bass over 7 pounds are not uncommon here, and 5 and 6 pounders are caught often. The lake has over a dozen boat launch ramps scattered all around the lake. Rend Lake Marina has boat rentals and a store for boating gear, fishing tackle and snacks. If you prefer to fish from the bank, there are multiple Public Use Areas and other access points for shoreline fishing. At some of these areas there is access for portage of a canoe or kayak as well.

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Primary fish species residing in Rend Lake

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie White crappie Bluegill White Bass

Rend Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Fishing Boat Rentals

Rend Lake Marina
Rentals: Jon boats and pontoon boats
618 724-7651

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Dam West Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, off S Rend City Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and plenty of paved parking.

Gun Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Golf Course Drive, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and lots of paved parking.

Ina Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, east side, off North Avenue, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Nelson Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off N Spring Lane, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

North Marcum Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off County Road 19, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Sandusky Creek North Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off Loon Lane, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and nice paved parking.

Sandusky Creek South Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off S Rend City Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and nice paved parking.

Sesser Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off County Road 850 E, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

South Marcum Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off Trailhead Lane, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Turnip Patch Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off E Emerson City Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a gravel parking.

Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park North Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Franklin Road, this is two, two-lane, concrete ramps with docks and tons of paved parking.

Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park South Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, at the east end of the State Highway 154 Bridge, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Marinas

Rend Lake Marina
8955 W Dam Ln
Benton, IL 62812
618 724-7651

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Gun Creek Camp Ground - 618 629-2338

South Marcum Rec Area Campground - 618 724-2493

North Sandusky Campground - 618 625-6115

Coy & Wilma’s Campsites & Cabins - 618 310-3440

Rend Lake Camp Ground - 877 444-6777

Rend Lake IL Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Rend Lake
Rend Lake Marina
8955 W Dam Ln
Benton, IL 62812
618 724-7651

Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park 618 629-2320

IDNR County Fisheries Biologist 618 393-6732

 

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