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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill and white bass at Lake Springfield in Illinois.

Lake Springfield, IL

Known as the top of the class for catfish fishing, Lake Springfield is a 3,850-acre lake on the southern outskirts of Springfield, IL. Much of the over 50 miles of shoreline is tree-lined, private property, making it hard to do shoreline fishing.

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Nestled in Illinois, Lake Springfield is a picturesque destination that attracts fishing enthusiasts and outdoor lovers alike. Spanning nearly 4,000 acres, this reservoir offers a wealth of recreational activities and an abundant variety of fish species, making it a prime spot for anglers of all skill levels.

Fishing is a major draw at Lake Springfield, offering a rewarding experience for those who cast their lines in its waters. Bass fishing is particularly popular, with both largemouth and smallmouth bass thriving in the lake. Anglers can enjoy the thrill of reeling in these hard-fighting fish, known for their agility and power. Walleye, another sought-after species, can also be found in good numbers, offering a challenge for those seeking a delicious catch.

Bluegill, catfish, crappie, and white bass are also prevalent in Lake Springfield. Bluegill, with their vibrant colors and willingness to bite, provide a great opportunity for beginners and families to enjoy a day of fishing. Catfish, known for their size and strength, offer an exciting challenge for anglers targeting trophy-sized fish. Crappie, with their delicate flesh and abundant population, are highly sought after by those looking for a tasty meal. White bass, often found in schools, provide action-packed fishing experiences when they gather in large numbers.

With its diverse range of fish species, stunning scenery, and various recreational activities, Lake Springfield remains a popular destination for fishing, boating, and camping. Whether you're an avid angler seeking a trophy catch or a nature lover looking to relax in the great outdoors, Lake Springfield offers an unforgettable experience for all who visit.

There are areas where fishing from the bank is an option, including specified "Fishing Areas". There is a marina, restaurants, boat launch ramps and boat rentals to enhance boating excursions. Canoes and kayaks are a simple way to do a little fishing and some sightseeing. In addition to excellent, year-round catfish fishing, the lake has populations of bass, crappie, walleye, bluegill, white bass and other sunfish.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake Springfield

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Blue catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill White Bass

Lake Springfield Amenities

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

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Lake Springfield is not just limited to fishing. Boating enthusiasts can take advantage of the lake's vast expanse to enjoy a range of water activities. Whether it's cruising along the calm waters, water skiing, or simply paddling in a kayak or canoe, the lake offers opportunities for everyone to have fun on the water. Additionally, camping facilities are available for those who wish to extend their stay. Surrounding the lake, these camping areas provide a chance to immerse oneself in the serene natural beauty of the region.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Lake Springfield Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats, canoes, kayaks and pontoon boats
217 483-3625

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Canoe & Kayak Launch Area
Located in the southwest section of the lake, west side, off Wildlife Road, this is a portage area with gravel parking.

Lake Springfield Marina Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Waters Edge Blvd, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Lindsay Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, at the east end of the Lindsay Bridge, this is a five-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Spaulding Dam Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off E Lake Shore Drive, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Lake Springfield Marina
17 Waters Edge Blvd
Springfield, IL 62712
217 483-3625

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Springfield KOA Campground - 217 498-7002

Double J Campground Campground - 217 483-9998

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Contact Information

Lake Springfield
Lake Springfield Marina
17 Waters Edge Blvd
Springfield, IL 62712
217 483-3625

City of Springfield, 217 789-2323


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