Fishing Update: 2017

Announcement: Fishing 

A professional analysis of Fish Lake last fall provided us with an in depth understanding of Fish Lake habitats.  It helped us learn that our fish population is growing strong! The recovery of our fish population is due, in part, to the catch & release status we imposed following the 2013 winter that caused a fish kill.
To further improve the fish habitats in Fish Lake we’ll be carrying out several initiatives this season. Some of these include; continued monitoring, submerge and anchor of spent pine trees into the lake, stocking with fingerling northern pike, continued harvest and removal of carp through fishing and restoring “catch and keep” status starting June 17th, 2017.  In addition, we’ve established new limits.  These new limits will be posted at the Fish Lake and in the Registration office and Concessions.  
  • Harvest 3 bass per day under 14″… release all bass over 14″
  • 5 bluegill per day 
  • 5 crappie per day 
  • 5 yellow perch per day

What do these new limits mean?

Campers, guests and beachgoers can enjoy catch and keep within limits and dates as well as help the fish habitat improve with the catch and removal of carp.

In addition, we look forward to hosting several, campers only Carp Fishing Tournaments during season 2017.  

Participants may use a rowboat and lifejackets free of charge and supplied with a bag to hold carp that are caught. The heaviest bag of carp will win $25 in Fish Lake Beach bucks-redeemable at Registration/Concessions. We’ll sell corn (the preferred bait for carp) for $1. NOTE: Tournament participation is free (no entry fee). Participants over 15 must have a current IDNR license.  An adult must sign for and occupy boat.  No limit on carp caught and kept or removed and given to Fish Lake Beach for disposal. 

The event is a fun way to help further restore the lake’s ecosystem, which is home to more than a dozen fish species. The common carp is the only non-native species among them and it is widespread throughout the lake. Carp are bottom feeders, an eating form that disrupts the habitat of the native fish.

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Volo, IL 60073
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