Lake Jacksonville announcing 2018 hours, rule changes for fishing

By Blake Schnitker on January 29 at 6:18am

The city of Jacksonville is announcing some important dates and rules changes for Lake Jacksonville this year.

According to a press release from Community Development & Recreational Facilities, Lake Jacksonville Management and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will enforce changes made last year to some of the fishing requirements and daily limits at Lake Jacksonville.

These requirements and limits include: 2-pole and line fishing only, carp and suckers may be taken by means of pitchfork and gigs (no bow and arrow devices; a 25 Crappie Daily Harvest Limit with no more than 10 fish greater than or equal to 10 inches; and a Protected Length Limit for Largemouth Bass from 14 to 18 inches with a three-fish daily harvest.

Lake Jacksonville management is also announcing several important dates, starting with February 10th, when the lake will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to check campers and equipment at camp sites. Lake Jacksonville will officially open for the start of the season on April 4th at 8 a.m. and close for the season on October 17th at 5 p.m.

Also, it’s important to note that 2017 boat stickers will be valid up until the April 4th opening. All boaters must purchase 2018 boat stickers at the concession stand at Lake Jacksonville after it opens, and the City Clerk’s office will not be selling boat stickers this year.

Lease payments for camping lots at Lake Jacksonville can be made at the City Clerk’s office located at the Jacksonville Municipal Building, and the concession stand will take payments after the lake opens during normal business hours until the final due date of April 27th. The concession stand at Lake Jacksonville is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday thru Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.