Carlyle Lake


Carlyle Lake Fishing

At Carlyle Lake the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, manages stocking and habitat improvement programs to increase fish populations and provide a diversity of species.

Carlyle Lake and the tail water area offer year-round fishing opportunities for a variety of game species 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 in Combination
White and Black Crappie 10 Inches 15 Fish in Combination



Fishing Piers are available at:

  • Dam East (Lakeview Parking Lot)
  • Maple Grove (North Side of Coles Creek)
  • 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.

Weekly Fishing Report

There are a variety of resources available to help anglers find success at Carlyle Lake.  Check out the links below to get advice and reports from the experts.

Carlyle Lake Fishing Report

Carlyle Lake Fishing Guide

IDNR Carlyle Lake Profile

Fish Attractor Map

Hunting and Fishing Guide