McHenry County Conservation District  •  18410 US Highway 14 •  Woodstock, IL 60098  •  815-338-MCCD(6223)

  Fishing in McHenry County

 
Girl caught fish off The Hollows pier Granddad and grandson fishing at The Hollows tiny fish caught by tiny angler

The Conservation District offers fishing fun for anglers of all ages and experience levels. Fishermen must obey all State of Illinois fishing regulations and any other posted site-specific regulations.

Anglers over 16 should carry a valid fishing license and appropriate stamps, such as Inland Trout, when needed at all times while fishing. Licenses may be obtained at most stores where sporting goods are sold or online at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Website.

Licenses are not required for those under 16 years old or for those declared legally disabled or blind.

All anglers on District sites are limited to only two fishing devices and the use of live bait (minnows) is prohibited. Wading and the use of individual flotation rings is also prohibited.

The Hollows Conservation Area in Cary and Nippersink Creek in Richmond allow for the use of non-motorized boats, canoes or kayaks. Watercraft must have valid registration, the proper number of flotation devices, and conform to all other State regulations.

The District hosts its annual Hooked on Fishing program at The Hollows and Rush Creek Conservation Areas for families during the second weekend in June during Illinois Free Fishing days when anyone can fish without a license. Check our summer Landscapes for details!

 

Conservation District Sites Where Fishing is Allowed
(with a valid license) and what fish you might catch there:

* Winter Ice Fishing Status

Ice fishing is open at several sites after the formation of 4" of clear ice on the water:

• Fel-Pro RRR, Cary — Closed

• The Hollows, Cary:
…Lake Atwood — Closed
…West Lake — Closed

• Lyons Prairie & Marsh,Cary — Closed

• Pleasant Valley, Woodstock — Closed

• Rush Creek pond, Harvard —Closed

• Stickney Run, McHenry —Closed

All District ponds are closed upon the formation of surface ice. With the exception of those sites listed above, the other ponds on District sites remain closed for the winter season, re-opening in the spring.

For more information or to check the status of the ponds, please call the District's Main Office at 815-338-6223.

Last updated 3/24/14

BROOKDALE depth map
18410 US Highway 14, Woodstock

Brookdale Pond (11 acres)
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, green sunfish, bullhead

2014 Stocking: 50 bluegill, 50 largemouth, 100 channel catfish

County Line Road Access (Kishwaukee River)
4700 County Line Rd., Marengo

Fish: Channel catfish, bullhead, largemouth bass, northern pike, bluegill, green sunfish

DUFIELD POND North Entrance
11700 Block of Country Club Rd., Woodstock

Dufield Pond (7 acres) depth map
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, yellow perch

2014 Stocking: 50 bluegill, 50 largemouth, 100 channel catfish

FEL-PRO RRR
1520 Crystal Lake Ave., Cary

*Main Pond (4 acres) depth map
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, warmouth, pumpkinseed, bullhead

2014 Stocking: 50 bluegill, 50 largemouth

*West Pond (1 acre)
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill

2014 Stocking: 50 bluegill, 50 largemouth

FOX RIVER

Hickory Grove Riverfront depth map
500 Hickory Nut Grove Rd., Cary

Fish: largemouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill, channel catfish, Northern pike, pumpkinseed, warmouth, bowfin, green sunfish, carp

Fox Bluff Conservation Area
Algonquin Rd & Cold Springs Rd., Cary

Fish: largemouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill, channel catfish, Northern pike, pumpkinseed, warmouth, bowfin, green sunfish, carp

THE HOLLOWS
3804 Route 14, Cary

*Lake Atwood (22 acres) depth map
Fish: largemouth bass, rainbow trout, bluegill, channel catfish

2014 Stocking (IDNR & MCCD): 1221 rainbow trout, 150 bluegill, 50 largemouth bass

*West Lake (12 acres)
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie

2014 Stocking: 50 bluegill, 50 largemouth

*Little Atwood (2.5 acres)
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill

LYONS PRAIRIE & MARSH
7500 Hickory Nut Grove Rd., Cary

*Lyons Prairie & Marsh (2 ponds; 2.5 acres)
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, green sunfish, warmouth, orange-spotted sunfish, bullhead

2014 Stocking: 50 bluegill, 50 largemouth

MARENGO RIDGE
3100 N. Route 23, Marengo

Marengo Ridge pond (1 acre) -
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill
(Note: pond subject to winterkill)

NIPPERSINK CREEK

Keystone Road Canoe Landing    • 360° view of Keystone Road Canoe Landing
6500 Keystone Rd., Wonder Lake – west side of Glacial Park
Fish: channel catfish, bass, bluegill, walleye, bullhead, carp, green sunfish

Pioneer Road Canoe Landing
Richmond
Fish: channel catfish, bass, bluegill, walleye, bullhead, carp, green sunfish

Lyle C. Thomas Memorial Park
Spring Grove
Fish: channel catfish, bass, bluegill, walleye, bullhead, carp, green sunfish

Nippersink Canoe Base
400 E. Route 12, Spring Grove
Fish: channel catfish, bass, bluegill, walleye, bullhead, carp, green sunfish, Northern pike

PISCASAW CREEK

Beck's Woods
5940 N. Pagles Rd., Chemung

Fish: rainbow trout, rock bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish

Piscasaw North/Beck's Woods
7600 Maxon Rd., Chemung

Fish: rainbow trout, rock bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish

2014 Stocking (IDNR): 925 rainbow trout

PLEASANT VALLEY
13315 Pleasant Valley Rd., Woodstock

*Pleasant Valley pond (2 acres)
Fish:
largemouth bass, bluegill

(Note: pond subject to winterkill)

2014 Stocking: 50 bluegill, 50 largemouth

RUSH CREEK
20501 McGuire Rd., Harvard

*Rush Creek pond (4 acres) depth map
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish

2014 Stocking: 300 bluegill, 200 largemouth


SILVER CREEK
1200 Block Rawson Bridge Rd., Cary

Silver Creek Pond (1 acre)
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill

2014 Stocking: 50 bluegill, 50 largemouth


STICKNEY RUN
3716 State Park Rd., McHenry

*Stickney Run pond (3 acres)
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish

(Note: pond subject to winterkill)

WINDING CREEK
8415 Johnson Rd., Hebron

Winding Creek Pond (1 acre) – catch & release recommended
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie

2014 Stocking: 50 bluegill, 50 largemouth

 

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