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LE-AQUA-NA, LAKE


Lake Information

County: Stephenson

Acreage: 43

Average Depth: 10.47 feet

Shoreline Length: 1.7 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

  Trout stocked in spring


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary

Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Poor

Black crappie are the only species of crappie found in Le-Aqua-Na. The crappie population at Le-Aqua-Na has been poor due to overpopulation of small 4-7 inch fish. In the summer of 2015, a crappie-only die off occurred, killing mostly only fish in the 4-7 inch range. The die off was caused by a bacterial infection. The die off should provide more food availability for the remaining crappie, providing a better fishery in the future. 10 Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

24% of the Largemouth bass sampled were 14 inches or larger. Largemouth bass 11-14 inches long accounted for another 14% of the sample. These fish will provide for good fishing in the upcoming year. 1 Fish Daily Creel Limit (14˝ Minimum Length Limit)

NORTHERN PIKE

Good

The largest fish sampled in 2015 was a 30.5 inch male that weighed 5.15 pounds. The average size Northern pike from spring trap nets in 2015 was 23 inches and weighed 2.4 pounds. 3 Fish Daily creel Limit (24” Minimum Length Limit)

Location: Lake Le-Aqua-Na is in Stephenson County 3 miles north of Lena.

Description: Lake Le-Aqua-Na is a 43 surface acre impoundment with a maximum depth of 25 feet and an average depth of 11.6 feet. The lake was built in 1955. It has a watershed of 2,300 acres and 1.4 miles of shoreline. Le-Aqua-Na first opened to fishing in 1957. It was rehabilitated and restocked in 1977 following a severe winter fish kill. A typical Midwestern manmade lake, the water is moderately clear due to good watershed practices and the use of an axial-flow destratifier that mixes the lake water to keep oxygen levels high at all depths. Lake Le-Aqua-Na is one of only a few lakes in Illinois to use this device.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Lake Le-Aqua-Na receives an annual stocking of Channel catfish and Northern Pike.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only. Kids fishing pond: only kids under 16 years of age permitted to fish. Waddams Creek is stocked with rainbow trout in the spring.

Contact Information:
Lake Le-Aqua-Na SRA
8542 North Lake Road
815-369-4282
IDNR District Biologist: 630-360-4185