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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, white bass and hybrid striped bass at Lake Decatur in Illinois.

Lake Decatur, IL

With 2,800 surface acres and plenty of fishing, boating and water sport activities, Lake Decatur is a vacation paradise in central Illinois. It is conveniently located just west of I-69 at Glen Eden. It has 30 miles of shoreline and flows through the town of Decatur.

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Lake Decatur, located in Illinois, is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts and outdoor lovers. Situated in Macon County, this expansive reservoir offers fantastic fishing opportunities and a serene natural environment. Lake Decatur is known for its diverse fish population, attracting anglers of all ages and skill levels.

Bass fishing is a major draw at Lake Decatur, with both largemouth bass abundant in its waters. Anglers can enjoy the thrill of reeling in these powerful game fish while appreciating the scenic beauty of the lake. The lake's varying depths and structures provide ideal habitats for bass, offering exciting angling experiences and the chance to catch trophy-sized fish.

Walleye are another popular fish species found in Lake Decatur. Known for their delicious taste and challenging nature, walleye attract anglers looking for a rewarding catch. Successful walleye fishing requires understanding their feeding patterns and utilizing proper techniques, adding an element of skill and strategy to the angling experience.

Bluegill and crappie, both sought-after panfish species, are abundant in Lake Decatur. These fish provide enjoyable fishing experiences for families and beginners. Bluegill, with their striking colors and willingness to bite, are often the first fish caught by young anglers. Crappie, known for their delicate and flavorful fillets, attract anglers looking for a rewarding catch. Anglers can find satisfaction in catching good numbers of bluegill and crappie from the lake's productive waters.

Catfish are also present in Lake Decatur, offering anglers the opportunity to target these bottom-dwelling predators. Whether targeting channel catfish or flathead catfish, anglers can experience the excitement of reeling in these powerful fish. Catfish are known for their strong fighting ability, providing a thrilling angling experience for those targeting them.

Lake Decatur is also home to white bass and hybrid striped bass. These species offer additional angling opportunities and the chance to catch hard-fighting fish. Anglers can enjoy the challenge of landing these powerful and fast-swimming fish, adding excitement to their fishing adventures.

There are public boat launches and access to some shoreline for fishing from the bank. Pontoon boats, bass boats, pleasure boats, canoes, kayaks and all types of fishing boats can get you to areas for fishing. The lake is known for excellent walleye, white bass and crappie, but also has populations of bass, catfish, hybrid stripers and sunfish. Ice fishing during winter at Decatur Lake can often produce nice catches. Check with local officials for authorization before attempting to fish through the ice on any lake.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake Decatur

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill White Bass Hybrid Striped Bass

Lake Decatur Amenities

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

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In addition to fishing, Lake Decatur offers ample opportunities for boating enthusiasts. The lake's calm waters and expansive surface area make it ideal for various water activities. Whether you prefer cruising on a pontoon boat, water skiing, or kayaking, Lake Decatur provides a serene and picturesque environment for boating adventures.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Canoe & Kayak Launch
Located in the northeast section of the lake, east side, at the east end of the Reas Bridge Road Bridge, this is a portage area with gravel parking.

Country Club Road Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off N Country Club Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Lake Decatur Marina Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off S Pier 36 Drive, this is a six-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Lost Bridge Road Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, north side, off E Lost Bridge Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Sportsmans Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, north side, off E Lost Bridge Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Lake Decatur Marina
2203 E Lake Shore Dr
Decatur, IL 62521
217 424-2837

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Contact Information

Lake Decatur CVB
Lake Decatur
200 Nelson Blvd.
Decatur, IL 62521
217 424-2837

IDNR District Biologist 217 345-2420


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