Fish

Cast a Line
Looking for a place to fish that is close to home? Use our Find a Site page to see different locations on a map, or see more detailed information on each location below.

Fishing Guidelines
  • Fishermen must obey all State of Illinois fishing regulations and any other posted site-specific regulations. 
  • Anglers age 16+ need to carry a valid IL fishing license and appropriate stamps (such as Inland Trout Stamp) at all times while fishing. Licenses may be obtained at most stores sporting goods stores or online at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website.
  • 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.

Ice Fishing
Even though a lake may be completely iced over, always use caution when venturing out. Stay off ice that is less than 4 inches thick. When there is more than four inches, ice fish via foot travel in single-file lines, assuming the ice is clear and clean of snow. Ice Fishing is only allowed on Lake Atwood at The Hollows. Due to the installation of aerators to prevent winter fish-kill, ice fishing is no longer allowed at Pleasant Valley or Rush Creek. All other sites close to regular fishing upon formation of surface ice.







Find a Site
Use the buttons below to find more information about each site. You can also search by the species of fish you are targeting in the search box.

Fishing

fish_brookdale
18410 US Highway 14, Woodstock
Main Pond (11 acres) depth map
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, green sunfish, bullhead

Twin Ponds (2 acres) locator map
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, bullhead, carp
2019 Stocking: 50 bluegill, 50 largemouth

fish kish
County Line Road Access
4700 County Line Rd., Marengo
Fish: Channel catfish, bullhead, largemouth bass, northern pike, bluegill, green sunfish, crappie
fish dufield
11700 Country Club Rd., Woodstock
Dufield Pond (7 acres)  depth map
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, carp, crappie, channel catfish, Northern pike, yellow perch
2019 Stocking: 50 bluegill, 50 largemouth

fel pro fish
1520 Crystal Lake Ave., Cary

Main Pond (4 acres)  depth map
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, warmouth, pumpkinseed, bullhead
2019 Stocking: 50 bluegill, 50 largemouth

West Pond (1 acre)
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill
2019 Stocking: 50 bluegill, 50 largemouth

fish riverfront
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

fish hollows
3804 Route 14, Cary

Lake Atwood (22 acres)  depth map 
Fish: largemouth bass, rainbow trout, bluegill, channel catfish
2019 Stocking: 150 bluegill, 100 largemouth bass

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

Notice: Lake Atwood is closed until April 6, and will not be open for Opening Weekend of Trout Season in an effort to maintain social distancing and crowds gathering.

7500 Hickory Nut Grove Rd., Cary
 (2 ponds; 2.5 acres)
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, green sunfish, warmouth, orange-spotted sunfish, bullhead
2019 Stocking: 50 bluegill, 50 largemouth
2411 N. Route 23, Marengo
Marengo Ridge pond (1 acre)
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill – (not stocked)
(Note: pond subject to winterkill)

nippersink
Keystone Road Canoe Landing

6500 Keystone Rd., Wonder Lake

Fish: channel catfish, bass, bluegill, walleye, bullhead, carp, green sunfish

Pioneer Road Canoe Landing
7405 Pioneer Rd., Ringwood
Fish: channel catfish, bass, bluegill, walleye, bullhead, carp, green sunfish

Lyle C. Thomas Memorial Park
2816 Blivin Rd., 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

fish piscasaw
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


Notice: Closed March 26 through end of day May 4. The site will not be open for Opening Day of Trout Season in an effort to maintain social distancing and crowds gathering.

fish_pleasantvalley
13315 Pleasant Valley Rd., Woodstock

Pleasant Valley pond (1.5 acres)
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill
2019 Stocking: 50 bluegill, 50 largemouth
Note: pond subject to winterkill. An aerator was added in summer 2016 – so we shall see how that affects the pond’s oxygen levels over the winter. No longer an ice fishing site.
fish rush creek
20501 McGuire Rd., Harvard

Rush Creek pond (5 acres)  depth map
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish
2019 Stocking: 50 bluegill, 50 largemouth
Note: an aerator was added in summer 2016 to help the pond’s oxygen levels – no ice fishing available.
fish silvercreek
Access off Behan Rd., Crystal Lake

Silver Creek Pond (1.5 acre)
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill
2019 Stocking: 50 bluegill, 50 largemouth
fish stickneyrun
3716 State Park Rd., McHenry

Stickney Run pond (3 acres)
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish
(Note: pond subject to winterkill)
fish windingcreek
8415 Johnson Rd., Hebron

Winding Creek Pond (1 acre) – catch & release recommended
Fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie
2019 Stocking: 50 bluegill, 50 largemouth


Ice Fishing

fish_ice fishing hollows
Ice Fishing is fish at our own risk. Open/Closed signs are not posted. Stay off ice that is less than 4" thick.

Lake Atwood (22 acres) 
 depth map 
Fish: largemouth bass, rainbow trout, bluegill, channel catfish
2019 Stocking: 150 bluegill, 100 largemouth bass