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Acres: 2,335 Max Depth: 61 feet Shoreline: 92 miles MuskyLINK Page

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Primary Forage: Shad

Other Forage:
Bluegill, Carp, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Sucker, Walleye, White Bass, White Crappie, Yellow Bullhead

If you're looking for the whole enchilada, Kinkaid Lake has it all. Arguably the most scenic lake in the state, this southern Illinois fishery outside of Murphysboro rates right up there with Shelbyville, Shabbona and the Fox Chain for both size and numbers of fish.

Built in 1972, Kinkaid's first muskies were stocked in 1985. Growth rate of fish proved to be exceptional with a rich forage base of suckers and shad, moving the DNR to enact a 48-inch size limit in 1997. There are no boat or motor restrictions and a great launch facility at the lake's lower end, with several adequate launches around the lake's 82 miles of shoreline.

Water clarity varies greatly from the upper end of the lake to the dam, with fish holding in both stained to muddy water at the far north end and in generally clear water in the main-lake basin.

The far southern orientation of this Jackson County lake makes it a great place to target when northern parts of the state are frozen. December and March through mid-April are good times to give Matt a call and plan a trip.