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Guide to 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.

Cedar Lake, IL

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.

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Cedar Lake, nestled in Illinois, is a beloved destination for fishing enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers. Situated in Lake County, this picturesque lake offers excellent fishing opportunities and a serene natural environment. Cedar Lake is known for its diverse fish population, attracting anglers of all ages and skill levels.

Bass fishing is a major attraction at Cedar Lake, with largemouth bass thriving in its waters. Anglers can test their skills and enjoy the thrill of reeling in these powerful game fish. The lake's structure, including submerged vegetation and rocky areas, provides ideal habitats for bass, offering exciting angling experiences and the opportunity to catch trophy-sized fish.

Catfish are another popular species found in Cedar Lake. Anglers can target channel catfish and flathead catfish, both of which are abundant in the lake. Whether fishing from the shore or in a boat, anglers have the opportunity to hook into these bottom-dwelling predators and experience the exhilaration of a catfish battle.

Crappie, known for their delicate and flavorful fillets, are also abundant in Cedar Lake. These panfish provide enjoyable angling experiences, particularly for those seeking a rewarding catch. Anglers can target crappie in the lake's submerged structures, brush piles, and drop-offs using various techniques such as jigging or casting with live bait.

Cedar Lake is home to striped bass as well, providing anglers with the chance to catch these powerful and exciting game fish. Striped bass are known for their impressive size and strong fighting ability, making them a favorite target for those seeking a thrilling angling experience. Anglers can enjoy the challenge of landing these hard-fighting fish and the adrenaline rush that comes with reeling them in.

Sunfish, including bluegill and other species, are abundant in Cedar Lake. These smaller fish provide enjoyable angling experiences for families and beginners. Bluegill, with their vibrant colors and willingness to bite, are often a favorite target among young anglers. Anglers can enjoy the relaxation of catching sunfish from the lake's serene waters.

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.

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Primary fish species residing in Cedar Lake

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White Crappie Bluegill Green Sunfish Redear Sunfish Warmouth Striped bass

Cedar Lake Amenities

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

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Apart from fishing, Cedar Lake 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 kayaking, Cedar Lake provides a serene and picturesque environment for boating adventures.

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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For those looking to extend their stay, Cedar Lake provides camping facilities. The lake features well-maintained campgrounds that offer a peaceful and scenic setting. Camping at Cedar Lake allows visitors to wake up to stunning lake views, enjoy campfire cookouts, and immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature. The campgrounds provide amenities such as picnic areas, hiking trails, and fishing docks, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable camping experience.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

There are no camping facilities or RV parks nearby.

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Contact Information

Cedar Lake
Carbondale, Cedar Lake
2 Poplar Camp Rd
Carbondale, IL 62903
618 549-8441


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