At Carlyle Lake, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources provide stocking and habitat improvement programs to increase fish populations and provide a diversity of species.
Fishing at Carlyle Lake and in the tail water area offers year-round varieties of fish such as white bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, largemouth bass, freshwater drum, carp, flathead catfish, and walleye.
Length and daily creel limits follow statewide regulations except as follows:
Species Minimum Length Limit Daily Creel Limit
Largemouth bass 14 inches 6 fish
Walleye and sauger 14 inches 6 fish
black crappie 10 inches 15 fish
Fishing Piers are available at Dam East (Lakeview Parking Lot), Maple Grove (North Side of Coles Creek), and Eldon Hazlet State Park (Allen Branch). These fishing piers provide access for non-ambulatory or partially ambulatory individuals. There is also a fishing pier available at the Keyesport boat ramp, however, it is not ADA accessible.
Fish Attractor Location Map