St. James Preserve
For decades, though, the property was the retreat of the McCormick family. Chauncey and Marion McCormick acquired the initial 203 acres in 1920. (from DPCFP site)
The pond is a hidden little gem that Toadfish, Captain Smallie and others have enjoyed fishing for the past 3 years. The farm was opened to visitors only 3 years ago. This spot is not highly published and it is STRICTLY CATCH AND RELEASE.
Wood Dale Forest Preserve
Grove Lake has a maximum depth of 28 feet and covers 9 acres. Two piers provide the perfect spot to drop a line. The lake is home to largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, rainbow trout and sunfish. DuPageAngler.com members have been hitting this location for many years and have found it bountiful. This will be an excellent place for a challenge in 2012.
Fishing at Mayslake can be a relaxing way to spend a morning or afternoon. The northern portion of the lake is open for public access, but the southern shores are private property. Please respect the rights of these property owners by keeping to the northern part of the lake! Many DuPageAngler.com members have fished this lake in 2011. We have a tremendous catalog with pictures and descriptions of the best way to fish this lake. Now get out there and bring us back a pig!
Hidden Lake Forest Preserve
Round Meadow Forest Preserve offers to distinct bodies of water. Round Meadow lake is a 15 acres and offers a great supply of large bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. Eagle Lake tucked away in the back offers a chance to hook up with some great smallmouth action.
Hidden Lake has beenfrequented by DuPageAngler.com and its members for many years. This is a great springtime lake as in the summer and early fall the weedline is built up very heavy and access is more difficult.
Deep Quarry & Bass Lake
The 40 acre Deep Quarry Lake has two fishing piers and a maximum depth of 45 feet. Alongside Deep Quarry is the 15 acre Bass Lake which reaches a depth of 30 feet. Both contain bass, sunfish, channel, flathead, and crappie.
Due to the infestation of zebra mussels this lake has become much more difficult to fish from the shore due to the fact the fish no longer congregate in the shallower ends. There is however areas that you can access that are shallow and will product nice action. WackyBass and Toadfish were out there in 2011 and had a 30” inch northern of muskie jump the water and break the line. Tough to fish, but ample rewards.
The 36 acre Rice Lake is an ideal location if you like your space. Abundant shoreline to find a place to relax on the water. This lake has a maximum depth of 22 feet, fluctuating to as little as six feet. Access to this lake is slightly limited, so you will have to take a long path from the equestrian center on Naperville Rd. or park at Danada Square and cross Butterfield Rd. on foot.
This lake has very little pressure but we have seen first hand nice sized catfish and bass pulled out. Our guess is there are very large catfish and possible a nice supply of crappie as well. DuPageAngler.com held one of our challenges there last year and will probably be in line for another in 2012.
- Harrier Lake Forest Preserve
- Churchill Forest Preserve
McDowel Grove Forest Preserve
Cricket Creek Forest Preserve
By DuPage Angler Phix:
The model boat pond is called Riverbend Pond. It's also the skunk-a-phix pond. Out of the three, I've had the least luck there. I've heard that inline spinners work pretty well on that pond.
I've had good luck in Stonewart Pond (the little one in the middle) catching dink bass, crappie, and gills using ice jigs tipped with gulp minnows or waxies about a foot below a balsa float, slow retrieve.
I've had decent luck on Green Lake this year with white spinners, Voltage crankbaits, and texas rigged Crabby Bass stick worms (snot colored, anise flavored).
I had no idea there were Northern in ANY of those ponds. I really wonder if the pike you saw was illegally released into that pond. Stonewart is WAY too small to support a pike population, and DCFP has never "officially" stocked pike in there. I hope, for the pond's sake, that it's just one pike in there and not a breeding pair. I've heard that pike can overtake a lake, if the conditions are right (via Extreme Fishing with Robson Green....good show to watch BTW).
- Green Valley FP Bolingbrook
Meacham Grove Forest Preserve
Visitors at the 252-acre Meacham Grove Forest Preserve in Bloomingdale will find woodland groves, meadows, a fishing lake, wetlands and the meandering Spring Brook Creek. The extensive groves of stately oaks and maples are home to a host of spring wildflowers, including some endangered species. The wetlands support a variety of wildlife from great egrets to western chorus frogs.
In addition to its natural beauty and recreational opportunities, the forest preserve serves the community by collecting and filtering stormwater overflow. (from DuPage County Forest Preserve)
- Songbird Slough Forest Preserve
Mallard Lake Forest Preserve
The 85-acre Mallard Lake is the District’s largest recreational lake and features largemouth bass, channel and flathead catfish, bluegill, crappie, northern pike, muskie and two wheelchair-accessible piers. The 9-acre Cloverdale Pond and the West Branch of the DuPage River offer fishing spots as well.
Hawk Hollow - Hanover Park
Hawk Hollow is home to Muskrat Pond which has been stocked with largemouth bass and channel cats and the pond also holds bluegill, crappie and green sunfish. There are no parking facilities at Muskrat Pond so there is a great chance that it does not get as much fishing pressure as some of the other DuPage County Forest Preserve properties.or Map Pop Up
Hawk Hollow is home to Muskrat Pond which has been stocked with largemouth bass and channel cats and the pond also holds bluegill, crappie and green sunfish. There are no parking facilities at Muskrat Pond so there is a great chance that it does not get as much fishing pressure as some of the other DuPage County Forest Preserve properties.