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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, saugeye, bluegill, green sunfish, warmouth and hybrid striped bass at Lake Mattoon in Illinois.

Lake Mattoon, IL

Fed by the waters of Little Wabash River, Lake Mattoon is a 1,050-acre reservoir in central IL, 10 miles north of Effingham. There is no limit on boat motor horsepower, so it is popular with water-sports enthusiasts for water skiing, jet skis and towables.

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Lake Mattoon, located in Illinois, is a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Nestled in Coles County, this picturesque reservoir offers excellent fishing opportunities and a serene natural setting. The lake is home to a variety of popular fish species, making it a sought-after destination for anglers.

One of the prized fish species found in Lake Mattoon is the saugeye, a hybrid between a walleye and a sauger. Saugeye are known for their excellent taste and challenging nature, providing anglers with an exciting fishing experience. Largemouth bass are also abundant in the lake. These game fish offer exhilarating battles and are highly sought after by anglers looking for a challenge.

Hybrid striped bass, also known as wipers, are another prized species found in Lake Mattoon. These hard-fighting fish provide anglers with thrilling encounters and are known for their aggressive nature. Anglers targeting wipers can expect an adrenaline-pumping fishing adventure.

Lake Mattoon also boasts healthy populations of crappie, sunfish, and catfish. Crappie, known for their delicious taste, can be found in good numbers and sizes, making them a popular target among anglers. Sunfish, including bluegill and other panfish species, provide opportunities for family-friendly fishing outings. Catfish, including channel catfish and flathead catfish, offer a unique and exciting angling experience for those targeting these bottom-dwelling predators.

Boat launch ramps require payment of a fee to the City of Mattoon. Sandy beaches, rip-rap rock, grass and trees line the 55 miles of shoreline which welcome fishing enthusiasts and vacationers alike. The best fishing here is for bass, saugeye, hybrid striped bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. Crappie get the most attention due to great fishing.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake Mattoon

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White Crappie Saugeye Bluegill Green Sunfish Warmouth Hybrid Stripers

Lake Mattoon Amenities

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

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In addition to fishing, Lake Mattoon offers ample opportunities for boating enthusiasts. The lake's calm waters and spacious surface area make it ideal for various water activities. Whether you prefer cruising on a pontoon boat, water skiing, or enjoying a peaceful kayak ride, Lake Mattoon provides a serene and beautiful environment for boating adventures.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Lake Mattoon Marina Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, at the west end of the 1250 N Road Bridge, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.


Lake Mattoon Marina
1282 County Rd 3600 E
Neoga, IL 62447
217 895-2922

Click here for a Illinois Fishing License.

For those looking to spend more time enjoying the natural beauty of Lake Mattoon, the lake offers camping facilities. Surrounding the lake are well-maintained campgrounds that provide a peaceful and scenic setting for outdoor enthusiasts. Camping at Lake Mattoon allows visitors to wake up to breathtaking views, fish from the shore, or simply relax in the tranquility of nature. The campgrounds offer amenities such as picnic areas, hiking trails, and fishing docks, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable camping experience.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Lake Mattoon Campground & Marina - 217 254-6680

Lakeview Ranch RV Park - 217 549-8217

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Contact Information

Lake Mattoon
Lake Mattoon Campground & Marina
1290 County Rd 3600 E
Neoga, IL 62447
217 254-6680


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