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Fishing At Rend Lake

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

A great place to fish for bluegill and catfish, Rend Lake is also home to bass, crappie and white bass. This 19,000-acre lake in the southern part of the state, is 13 miles long with over 160 miles of shoreline. The lake is scattered with islands and much of the shallows in the river arms have plenty of submerged brush to hold both predator fish and their prey the baitfish. In warmer weather concentrate on shallow water - anywhere there is cover like brush, rocky points and offshore humps and islands. Points can be productive most any time, simply figure out the correct depth for the day. Crappie and white bass tend to school and tend to migrate around the lake following the baitfish. Bass over 7 pounds are not uncommon here, and 5 and 6 pounders are caught often. The lake has over a dozen boat launch ramps scattered all around the lake. Rend Lake Marina has boat rentals and a store for boating gear, fishing tackle and snacks. If you prefer to fish from the bank, there are multiple Public Use Areas and other access points for shoreline fishing. At some of these areas there is access for portage of a canoe or kayak as well.

Primary fish species residing in Rend Lake

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie White crappie Bluegill White Bass

Rend Lake Amenities

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

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Gun Creek Camp Ground - 618 629-2338

South Marcum Rec Area Campground - 618 724-2493

North Sandusky Campground - 618 625-6115

Coy & Wilma’s Campsites & Cabins - 618 310-3440

Rend Lake Camp Ground - 877 444-6777

Rend Lake IL Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Rend Lake
Rend Lake Marina
8955 W Dam Ln
Benton, IL 62812
618 724-7651

Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park 618 629-2320

IDNR County Fisheries Biologist 618 393-6732

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Rend Lake in Illinois.

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Rend Lake offers great bluegill and catfish fishing in southern Illinois.

Fishing on Rend Lake, in Illinois.