Rend Lake is a 13 miles (20.9 km)-long, 3 miles (4.8 km)-wide southern Illinois reservoir in Franklin and Jefferson Counties near Benton, Illinois. The lake contains 18,900 acres (76 km˛) of water, stores 185,000 acre-feet of water, and supplies over 15 million gallons of water per day to 300,000 persons in over 60 communities. The reservoir is up to 35 feet (10.7 m) deep, but its average depth is closer to 9.7 feet (3.0 m). Its elevation is 405 feet (123.4 m) above sea level.
LARGEMOUTH BASS No Report at this time. Worms, rattle traps, jig&trailer, spinner baits, square bill crank baits. Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around bridges and along the rocks. Fish at mouths of bays and shallow wood cover spots. 14" minimum length limit, 6 daily creel limit. 1 fish daily creel limit in PONDS 14" minimum length. CRAPPIE Good Jigs are working well. Quarter-Ounce pink and white tub jigs. Small & Medium Minnows. Fish are in the deep water. Fish 10-16 ft deep over brush and on edges of water. Fish are being caught around structures. 25 fish daily creel limit with no more than 10 fish 10 inches or longer
Elevation is over 4 feet above normal pool.
Crappie and catfish action is still rated as being excellent. Crappies can be caught in shallow areas, in stumps, bushes, and along 154. Cut shad, worms, minnows, shrimps and other stink baits work.
The lake is 3 feet above normal levels. The catfish and crappie action is being reported as excellent. For catfish try cut shad, minnows, leeches and shrimp around the rip rap and around the mouth of creeks. For crappie use minnows around cover along Route 154.
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