Lake Decatur Commercial Fish Removal


October 1, 2020

Lake Decatur Commercial Fish Removal

DECATUR – The City of Decatur has teamed with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to allow commercial fish removal in Lake Decatur from October 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021.

Last month the Illinois Department of Natural Resources conducted a random drawing for a commercial fish permit for Lake Decatur to harvest Buffalo and Common Carp.  Four species of Asian Carp can also be harvested if they are found in the lake.  To date, no Asian Carp have been found in Lake Decatur.  The permit was awarded to Lance Gregerson, an experienced commercial fisherman from Browning, Illinois.

Commercial fishing will only be allowed with nets from Rea’s Bridge Road to the U.S. Business Route 51 Bridge on weekdays from sunrise to sunset.

“The harvesting of Buffalo and Common Carp can be viewed as a renewable source of human or pet food and enhance sport fishing opportunities in Lake Decatur,” said City of Decatur Water Production Manager Keith Alexander.

Contact Keith Alexander, City of Decatur, Water Production Manager, at (217) 424-2863 or or Jim Garavaglia, IDNR Fisheries Biologist at (217) 720-6665 or for more information.