The “fish of a thousand casts” awaits you at Kinkaid Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area in southeastern Illinois, three miles northwest of Murphysboro. “Kinkaid Lake is a top priority on the DNR’s stocking list,” says Steve Pallo, Department of Natural Resources lakes program manager. “We stock one purebred nine- to eleven-inch fish per acre every fall.” Success of the muskie fishery is due to the cooperative efforts of the local Shawnee Muskie Hunters club and the DNR. They placed a 150-foot-wide, 27-inch-high non-rusting metal fence across the natural limestone spillway on the lake to prevent fish from washing out into other waters. The muskie limit is one per day and the fish must be a minimum of 48 inches in length. Muskies are found lakewide and evening is the best time to fish. Cast or troll around the weed beds with bucktails or bright-colored crankbaits. Three boat launches are available: the full-service marina three miles northwest of Murphysboro off Route 149, Paul Ice Recreation Area on Ava Road and Johnson Creek Boat Ramp on Route 151. Contact: Steve Pallo, IDNR (217-782-6424).