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Sangchris Lake, IL

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Sangchris Lake Popular Fish - Crappie

Crappie Fishing

Sangchris Lake has long been considered a decent crappie fishing lake. The lake has good populations of both black crappie and white crappie. While these two species generally school with their own, but once located around cover, you may find that you catch both species, due to the fact they often share the same cover. Crappie fishing can be found in varying size schools, hanging around brush, vegetation, wood or other cover. Using a fish finder any time of year can help locate these crappie schools, which tend to stack vertically around cover. Live bait and small jigs are the most common method for crappie here. In spring and fall focus on the 8 to 12 foot range. The best time to catch crappie tends to be at dawn and dusk. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out deep, as well as find ledges near channels, especially areas with brush or timber in deeper water.

Sangchris Lake Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

Sangchris Lake continues to deliver great catches of largemouth bass, as it has for several years now. Recent results by locals, and bass fishing tournament participants, attest to the fact that fishing for largemouth bass has been quite rewarding lately. Cautious fisheries management by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has maintained a quality bass fishery providing both quantity and quality for anglers. A significant number of larger bass do roam these waters, so there is always the potential for catching a lunker. Bass often move shallow and become fairly aggressive when they are in a feeding mood. If you find them shallow, and 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 Sangchris 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.

Sangchris Lake Popular Fish - Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish Fishing

The state record channel catfish is over 45 pounds, and Sangchris Lake has the potential of growing many double-digit channel cats. Most any rod and reel will work for catching channel catfish at Sangchris Lake, as long as the line is strong enough. However, 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. Flathead catfish also reside here and they can grow much larger. 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, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie and striped bass at Sangchris Lake in Illinois.

Sangchris Lake Fishing Video

Located in Illinois, Sangchris Lake is a renowned destination for fishing enthusiasts and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Covering an expansive area of over 3,000 acres, this picturesque reservoir offers abundant recreational opportunities and a diverse selection of fish species, making it a favored spot for anglers of all levels of expertise.

Fishing is the highlight of Sangchris Lake, providing an exciting and fulfilling experience for those who venture onto its waters. One of the most sought-after species is the striped bass, known for its powerful fight and impressive size. Anglers can test their skills and reel in these prized fish, creating memorable moments on the lake. Largemouth bass are also plentiful, offering plenty of action and excitement. Crappie, with their delicate meat and abundant population, are a favorite target for many anglers seeking a tasty meal. Catfish, known for their size and tenacity, provide an exhilarating challenge for those aiming to land a trophy-sized catch.

Nearly 100 miles of shoreline house a healthy body of water which contains populations of bass, catfish, crappie and stripers. Boat launch ramps on the major arms of the lake make for easy launching of a variety of fishing boats including bass boats, pontoons and other fishing boats, plus pleasure and sail boats. There are multiple locations for portage of a canoe or kayak for fishing or sightseeing.

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Primary fish species residing in Sangchris Lake

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Striped bass

Sangchris Lake Amenities

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

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Aside from fishing, Sangchris Lake also offers a range of boating activities for water enthusiasts. Boaters can take pleasure in cruising along the calm waters, engaging in water skiing, or simply enjoying a leisurely ride. The expansive lake provides ample space for a variety of water sports and leisurely exploration.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Hickory Point Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off County Road 2010 N, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Sangchris Lake West Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off N 200 E Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Strawkas Point Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off County Road 1650 N, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.

Fishing Guides On Sangchris Lake

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Fishing License

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Furthermore, camping facilities are available, allowing visitors to extend their stay and immerse themselves in the natural beauty that surrounds the lake. Whether it's pitching a tent, setting up an RV, or opting for a cabin rental, camping at Sangchris Lake offers a tranquil retreat amidst the picturesque landscape.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Hickory Point Campground - 217 498-9208

Deer Run Campground - 217 498-9208

Springfield KOA Campground - 217 498-7002

Sangchris Lake IL Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Sangchris Lake
Sangchris Lake State Park
9898 Cascade Rd.
Rochester IL 62563
217 498-9208

IDNR District Fisheries 217 622-7219


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