About the Southern Illinois Lakes

About the Lakes

RD Outdoors takes you to the finest and most-fruitful locations in Minnesota and Southern Illinois. We pride ourselves on knowing the unique topography of each of our favorite fishing lakes, so we can pinpoint “honey holes” where fish gather and are most likely to tug on your line.

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Southern Illinois Lakes

Crappie fishing in Southern Illinois is some of the best in the Midwest. The cooler months are a fantastic time to target these tasty fish. Some of the crappie fishing lakes in Southern Illinois are:

Lake of Egypt

Lake of Egypt is a privately owned reservoir located six miles south of Marion in Illinois’ Little Egypt region. It features breathtaking scenery and plentiful crappie. The lake was created by the Southern Illinois Power Cooperative by damming the South fork of the Saline River to supply water for a coal-burning electric power plant. The dam’s continuous warm-water discharge makes for good fishing conditions, even in the cooler months.

Acres: 2,300
Miles of Shoreline: 90

Kinkaid Lake

Located in the Shawnee Hills region of southwestern Ill., Kinkaid Lake is surrounded by sandstone bluffs and rolling hills covered by oaks and hickories. The lake attracts anglers because of its game fish population that’s increasing thanks to a year-round growing season. In recent years, the lake has given up crappies in the 3- to 4-pound class.

Acres: 2,750
Miles of Shoreline: 82

Rend Lake

A massive 18,900-acre reservoir located just south of Mount Vernon, Rend Lake lures fisherman and those who love the outdoors to its waters year-round. The lake has a very healthy crappie population and is referred to as “One of the Great Lakes of Southern Illinois.”

Acres: 18,9000
Miles of Shoreline: 162

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