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

Sangchris Lake, IL

Surrounded by farm land with tree-lined shores, Sangchris Lake is a 2,300-acre lake in the central part of the state. There is a limit on boat motor size of 25HP. And there is plenty of shoreline to fish from a boat, and in some areas from the bank.

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Located in Illinois, Sangchris Lake is a renowned destination for fishing enthusiasts and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Covering an expansive area of over 3,000 acres, this picturesque reservoir offers abundant recreational opportunities and a diverse selection of fish species, making it a favored spot for anglers of all levels of expertise.

Fishing is the highlight of Sangchris Lake, providing an exciting and fulfilling experience for those who venture onto its waters. One of the most sought-after species is the striped bass, known for its powerful fight and impressive size. Anglers can test their skills and reel in these prized fish, creating memorable moments on the lake. Largemouth bass are also plentiful, offering plenty of action and excitement. Crappie, with their delicate meat and abundant population, are a favorite target for many anglers seeking a tasty meal. Catfish, known for their size and tenacity, provide an exhilarating challenge for those aiming to land a trophy-sized catch.

Nearly 100 miles of shoreline house a healthy body of water which contains populations of bass, catfish, crappie and stripers. Boat launch ramps on the major arms of the lake make for easy launching of a variety of fishing boats including bass boats, pontoons and other fishing boats, plus pleasure and sail boats. There are multiple locations for portage of a canoe or kayak for fishing or sightseeing.

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Primary fish species residing in Sangchris Lake

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Striped bass

Sangchris Lake Amenities

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

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Aside from fishing, Sangchris Lake also offers a range of boating activities for water enthusiasts. Boaters can take pleasure in cruising along the calm waters, engaging in water skiing, or simply enjoying a leisurely ride. The expansive lake provides ample space for a variety of water sports and leisurely exploration.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Hickory Point Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off County Road 2010 N, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Sangchris Lake West Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off N 200 E Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Strawkas Point Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off County Road 1650 N, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.

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Furthermore, camping facilities are available, allowing visitors to extend their stay and immerse themselves in the natural beauty that surrounds the lake. Whether it's pitching a tent, setting up an RV, or opting for a cabin rental, camping at Sangchris Lake offers a tranquil retreat amidst the picturesque landscape.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Hickory Point Campground - 217 498-9208

Deer Run Campground - 217 498-9208

Springfield KOA Campground - 217 498-7002

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Contact Information

Sangchris Lake
Sangchris Lake State Park
9898 Cascade Rd.
Rochester IL 62563
217 498-9208

IDNR District Fisheries 217 622-7219


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Sangchris Lake in Illinois.

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Sangchris Lake offers catfish, crappie and bass fishing in central Illinois.

Fishing on Sangchris Lake, in Illinois.