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Kincaid Lake is a Reservoir in Christian, Illinois.

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This 2750-acre lake is located fives miles northwest of Murphysboro in Jackson County. Better known for its muskie population, this lake also has an unusually high population of channel catfish that are basically under harvested.

Fishing Description: 

Kincaid Lake provides opportunities for those interested in fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, walleye and muskie types of fish. "Natural strain" muskellunges were first stocked at Kincaid Lake in 1985, and the lake began producing fish up to 40 inches in length by 1990 (after only five years of growth).

In November of 1998, construction of a spilling retention barrier was completed. This device was designed to keep the muskies in the lake (when the lake overflows into the spillway), but also offers the added benefit of keeping larger variants of walleye, bass, crappie, and striped bass from escaping.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

The best carp fishing is from May to October at the end of bays.

Fishing for channel catfish is best during June and July along the flats, bays, and rip-rap.

Crappie fishing is best during April and May along the weed beds.

Muskie are best from November to June. They are most often found in the weed beds and bays.

Largemouth bass are best in March and April by the flooded timbers, points, and weed beds.

Walleye and sauger are best in the spring and fall in the points and weed beds.


Camping is permitted by the U.S. Forest Service, Kinkaid-Reed's Creek Conservancy District, and at Johnson Creek Recreation Area at Kinkaid Village Marina who can be reached at: 618-687-4914. Camping is not allowed on DNR property.

Boat Ramp: 

Four boat ramps are available to the public with a full-service marina also available. No horsepower restrictions apply, although numerous no-wake areas exist on the lake.

Directions to Lake: 

Kinkaid Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area is located in Jackson County on the north side of Rt. 149, approximately 2 miles west of Murphysboro. From Rt. 13, 127, and 149 junction, take Rt. 149 west 2 miles to the entrance of Lake Murphysboro State Park/Kinkaid Lake. From Rt. 3, take 149 east approximately 5 miles to the entrance of Lake Murphysboro State Park/Kinkaid Lake.

Kincaid Lake
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