Guide To Fishing At Cedar Lake
AKA: Cedar Reservoir
With 40 miles of scenic shoreline and 1,750 surface acres, Cedar Lake offers fishing and boating at the southern tip of IL, 5 miles south of Carbondale. Boat outboard motors are limited to a maximum of 10 horsepower, making this a popular lake for canoes, kayaks and row boats.
Cedar lake offers a nice variety of fish species, but the fishing is best for largemouth bass, redear sunfish and striped bass. Other options include catfish, crappie and bluegill. Two boat launch ramps are open to the public.
What to fish for...
Fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, green sunfish, redear sunfish and warmouth and striped bass at Cedar Lake in Illinois.
Primary fish species residing in Cedar Lake
Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.
Cedar Lake Amenities
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
RV Hookups: NO
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
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Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings
Cedar Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off Cedar Creek Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.
Cedar Lake Boat Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off Boat Dock Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.
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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby
There are no camping facilities or RV parks nearby.
Cedar Lake IL Map - Fishing & Camping Areas
Carbondale, Cedar Lake
2 Poplar Camp Rd
Carbondale, IL 62903
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Cedar Lake in IL
General Fishing Info
Fishing for largemouth bass, redear sunfish and striped bass in southern IL.