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Newton Lake, IL

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Newton Lake Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

The most sought after species at Newton Lake is largemouth bass. Fisheries management by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has maintained a thriving bass fishery, providing both quantity and quality for anglers. Recent results by locals, and bass fishing tournament participants, attest to the fact that illinois has been very rewarding lately. Also, there is the potential for catching a monster. Big mouth bass often move shallow and become fairly aggressive when they are in a feeding mood. If they seem disinterested in your presentations, try slowing down and use smaller, lighter baits. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good options. In winter, spend your time fishing Newton Lake on deeper structure where the bass spend much of their time. Fishing for largemouth bass can range from fair to very good here, year round.

Newton Lake Popular Fish - White Bass

White Bass Fishing

Fishing for white bass is also quite popular here. Several successful spawn years, has caused white bass to thrive in Newton Lake and anglers should expect some great fishing this year. White bass are aggressive, hard-fighting and just plain fun to catch. When fishing for white bass, the average fish is typically in the one- to two-pound range. These schooling fish tend to roam around the lake looking for ideal water conditions and baitfish. Look for them to generally be in 15 to 35 feet of water, whether they are hovering around the bottom or swimming in open water. Fish finders are the best way to locate big schools of white bass. Fish near the bottom at night with live bait. In spring, once the water temperature rises into the mid sixties, they move shallow into the backs of coves and creek channels to spawn. When white bass chase schools of bait near the surface, spinners, spoons and small crank baits work well. At this time anglers can fish from shore and often do quite well. Use lures that imitate baitfish, including small crankbaits, small jerkbaits, jigs and spoons.

Newton Lake Popular Fish - Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish Fishing

Take the kids fishing for channel cats in Newton Lake. For weekend anglers, most any rod and reel will work for catching channel catfish at Newton Lake, as long as the line is strong enough. For serious catfish enthusiasts, using the right equipment enhances success, especially when you hook one of the big boys. A medium action, to medium-heavy action rod is ideal, in the 6' to 7' range. Use a slip sinker or Carolina rig with popular catfish baits on at least 10-pound line. Use sharp hooks with bait holders on the shank, or circle hooks for live bait. The state record channel catfish is over 45 pounds, and Newton Lake holds some pretty big ones. Night fishing for catfish often delivers better results than daytime fishing. Fishing for channel catfish is often most productive around any kind of structure in the area. In Spring channel catfish migrate toward incoming water, so stay up river away from the main lake. In early summer look for rocky banks, the bigger the rocks the better. In summer and winter deeper structure is where to look. The river end of the lake is often the area where the bigger catfish are caught. Road beds, creek channels and rocky points are all good places to begin.

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, bluegill and white bass at Newton Lake in Illinois.

Newton Lake Fishing Video

Newton Lake, in Illinois, is a true angler's paradise. Situated in Jasper County, this expansive reservoir offers exceptional fishing opportunities and a serene natural environment. The lake is renowned for its diverse fish species, attracting fishermen from far and wide.

This 1,700 acre lake is located next to the Newton Power Station in southeast Illinois. Newton Lake offers a variety of fishing opportunities as well as other boating activities.

Bass fishing is a highlight at Newton Lake, which is present in abundance. The lake's healthy bass population ensures an exciting angling experience for enthusiasts of all skill levels. Anglers can enjoy the thrill of reeling in trophy-sized bass and testing their fishing techniques against these feisty fighters.

In addition to bass, Newton Lake boasts thriving populations of other popular fish species. Bluegill, crappie, white bass, sunfish, and catfish can all be found in the lake's waters. Bluegill and sunfish provide excellent opportunities for family-friendly fishing outings, as these smaller species are plentiful and eager to bite. Crappie, known for their delicious taste and challenging nature, attract anglers seeking a rewarding fishing experience. White bass, with their strong fighting ability, provide excitement for those looking for a spirited battle on the water. Catfish, including channel catfish and flathead catfish, offer a unique and thrilling angling experience for those targeting these bottom-dwelling predators.

Pontoon boats, fishing boats, pleasure boats, kayaks and canoes are all welcome, but a 25-horsepower limit is in force for all boats (boats with larger engines are allowed on the lake but must be powered with alternative motors). Bass, catfish and white bass are the primary target of anglers, but crappie and bluegill are often cooperative as well. With 52 miles of shoreline there is plenty of water for everyone to fish. Access to the shoreline for bank fishing is somewhat limited. Try areas around boat ramps or the Newton Lake Conservation Area.

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Primary fish species residing in Newton Lake

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Bluegill White Bass

Newton Lake Amenities

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

Today's Weather & Forecast

Newton Lake is not only a fishing haven but also an ideal destination for boating enthusiasts. Its expansive size allows for various water activities, such as cruising, water skiing, and pontoon boating. The calm waters and picturesque surroundings make boating on Newton Lake a memorable experience. Whether you prefer a leisurely ride or an adrenaline-filled adventure, the lake offers something for everyone.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Newton Lake East Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off N 500th Street, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Newton Lake West Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off E 300th Avenue, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Fishing Guides On Newton Lake

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Fishing License

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Newton Lake IL Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Newton Lake
Newton Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area
3490 E. 500th Avenue
Newton, IL 62448
618 783-3478


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