Fishing At Carlyle Lake
AKA: Carlyle Reservoir, Lake Carlyle
What to fish for...
Fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish and white bass at Carlyle Lake in Illinois.
Located in the south-central part of the state, Carlyle Lake is a 26,000-acre lake offering some of the best catfish fishing in the state. Additionally, there is decent fishing for crappie, white bass, sunfish, bluegill and bass. There is well over 80 miles of shoreline to explore and wet a line. At West Access Marina, as well as other spots around the lake, there is availability of shoreline for those who wish to fish from the bank. Some shoreline brush and rocky points are great places to cast when the fish are shallow in spring and fall. In summer and winter the bait, followed by the fish, move to deeper water for comfort and hang around river channels, ledges, points, hunts and deeper timber. Multiple boat launch ramps, located around the lake to facilitate boat launching. Pleasure boats, pontoons, ski boats, runabouts, bass boats and a wide variety of other fishing boats are popular here. Canoes and kayaks are an ideal craft for accessing the shallows in the upper reaches of the lake. Lodging, restaurants, stores, camping facilities and RV Parks surround the lake to enhance your visit to this enjoyable fishing destination.
Primary fish species residing in Carlyle Lake
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Carlyle Lake Amenities
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
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Fishing Boat Rentals
Carlyle West Access Marina
Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings
Boulder Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Boulder Marina Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.
Coles Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off County Road 1620 N, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.
Hazel State Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Hazel State Park Road, this is a five-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking
Hide A Way Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Keyesport Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.
Keyesport Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Republican Street, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking
Patoka Access Boat Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off County Road 175 N, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.
Tamalco Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Tamalco Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.
West Access Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, off William Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.
Boulder Access Marina
26000 County Rd 1850 N
Shattuc, IL 62231
10 Tradewinds Dr
Keyesport, IL 62253
West Access Marina
14222 Lake Rd
Carlyle, IL 62231
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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby
Hide-A-Way Camp Ground - 618 749-5369
Eldon Hazlet State Park Campground - 618 594-3015
Boulder Campground - 618 226-3586
Boulder Recreation Area Campground - 618 594-5253
Dam West Recreation Campground - 618 226-3586
Carlyle Lake Dam West Campground - 618 594-4410
Coles Creek Campground - 618 226-3211
Carlyle Lake IL Map - Fishing & Camping Areas
Boulder Recreation Area
801 Lake Rd
Carlyle, IL 62231
IDNR District Biologist 618 931-4217
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General Fishing Info
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Carlyle Lake offers outstanding crappie and catfish fishing in south-central Illinois.