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Fishing at Lake Bloomington is open to the public year round.

A cooperative effort between the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the City of Bloomington, the Lake Bloomington Association, as well as local fishing clubs, have helped turn Lake Bloomington into one of Central Illinois’ best kept fishing secrets. This ongoing fish stocking and management process provides an opportunity for anglers to test their skills on an abundance of a wide variety of game fish. Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Hybrid Striped Bass, Northern Pike, Crappie, Bluegill, and Catfish can all be caught in Lake Bloomington.

Friends of EverBloom LogoFree fishing pole rental program courtesy of Friends of EverBloom.
Available to all ages. Stop in at Parks Office for checkout or call ahead at (309) 434-2161.

 

 

When fishing Lake Bloomington anglers must comply with the following rules and regulations:

  1. Anyone 16 years of age or older must have a valid Illinois Fishing License.
  2. 2 Pole and line fishing only. No Jugs or Trot lines.
  3. Fish size and creel limits...

     Fish Size  Creel Limits
     Large and Smallmouth Bass  Minimum 15” 6 per day
     Walleye  Minimum 14” 6 per day
     Northern Pike  Minimum 24” 3 per day
     Hybrid Striped Bass  Minimum 17” 3 per day
     White, Black or Hybrid Crappie  No Minimum Length 25 per day
     Bluegill or Redear Sunfish  No Minimum Length 25 per day
  4. Fishing from a boat around private docks is prohibited when swimmers are present and between sunset and sunrise.
  5. No littering!