Pilot Grove Lake

General Information

County: Montgomery
Location: 5 miles east of Elliott
Acres: 6.80
Maximum Depth: 9 ft. (1974)
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Pilot Grove Lake include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
No recent updates

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  • 9/13/2017 - 91 Channel Catfish (7.4")
  • 09/08/2015 - 90 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/17/2013 - 125 Channel Catfish (8.4")
  • 06/21/2011 - 400 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
  • 06/15/2010 - 500 Channel Catfish (4.7")
  • 06/15/2010 - 400 Largemouth Bass (1.2")
  • 04/13/2010 - 3,500 Bluegill (1.2")
  • 10/06/2009 - 3,000 Bluegill (1.5")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Channel Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 8 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • White Crappie
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black and white crappie, 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
Six years after the new dam was complete at Pilot Grove the fishery continues to decline. Fish surveys from 2014 indicate large numbers of stunted white crappie and black bullhead likely coming from a pond in the watershed. There were moderate numbers of largemouth bass with few reaching the 15 inch minimum length limit. Bluegill showed low numbers with no fish over 6 inches. In the spring of 2015 IDNR fish management removed 15 lbs/acre of white crappie and black bullheads. In the fall of the same year stocked 44lbs/acre adult largemouth bass with the intent of thinning white crappie and bullhead numbers and limiting recruitment. Channel catfish are stocked on odd numbered years to maintain a fishable population. (2016)


Fish Surveys

Lake Fish Survey Data Data from the most recent fisheries survey of this lake is provided on this external web site. This data may include information from various netting surveys and/or electroshocking surveys. Data includes numbers of fish sampled, and fish size ranges. Not all lakes are sampled every year.

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Water Quality

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