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Fishing At Crab Orchard Lake

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Fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill and white bass at Crab Orchard Lake in Illinois.

At over 6,900 surface acres, with a wide variety of fish species to pursue, Crab Orchard Lake is an anglers paradise. It is located in southern Illinois a few miles east of Carbondale. If you like fishing around rocky shorelines with trees and brush, the lake has plenty. Crab Orchard Lake is populated with healthy schools of bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill and sunfish. There are opportunities for shoreline fishing - some with easy access and some may take a bit of walking. The most efficient way to fish this waterway is by boat. Rental boats are available and there are several boat ramps for launching of fishing, pleasure and pontoon boats. Canoes and kayaks can be portaged from multiple locations around the lake. Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Campground offers camping and RV spaces, some right on the water.

Primary fish species residing in Crab Orchard Lake

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie White crappie Bluegill White Bass

Crab Orchard Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Crab Orchard Campground - 618 985-4983

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Campground - 618 997-3344

Crab Orchard Lake IL Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Crab Orchard Lake
Blue Heron Marina & Campground
3697 Old Route 13
Carterville, Illinois 62918
618 985-2572

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge 618 997-3344

IDNR District Biologist 618 993-7094

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Crab Orchard Lake in Illinois

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Crab Orchard Lake offers excellent catfish fishing in southern Illinois.

Fishing on Crab Orchard Lake, in IL.