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Fishing

Bluegill, crappie, bass, pike, walleye, muskie, and catfish—Fulton County has got’em all! The strip mine lakes of Lakeland Park, Fulton County Camping and Recreation Area (trolling motors only), and Banner Marsh hold nearly the whole range. Canton Lake is known for crappie, channel catfish, and big flathead cats. Anderson and Rice Lakes, with their closer connections to the Illinois River are known for channel cat and bullhead fishing. Spoon River is also known for big catfish and can be fished below the Bernadotte Dam and accessed via boat ramps at London Mills and at the Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge along Illinois Routes 78 & 97. The Nature Conservancy has stocked Thompson Lake with a rich variety of native fish, including several game fish species.