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.
Free 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:
- Anyone 16 years of age or older must have a valid Illinois Fishing License.
- 2 Pole and line fishing only. No Jugs or Trot lines.
- 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
- Fishing from a boat around private docks is prohibited when swimmers are present and between sunset and sunrise.
- No littering!