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MCCULLOM LAKE


Lake Information

County: McHenry

Acreage: 244

Average Depth: 4.04 feet

Shoreline Length: 2.9 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No


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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Avg Wt.
(pounds)

Avg.
Length
(inches)

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Poor

0.2 lbs

7

Black crappie were not captured in this sample. Species specific die-offs have occurred twice in the last 8 years (2014 and 2007). This most recent die-off occurred in late September of 2014 when about 50 dead black crappie were documented at three locations around the lake.

BLUEGILL

Fair

0.1 lbs

5

Bluegill abundance was quite low, though this number is usually variable. The bluegill average length was 4.6 inches.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Fair

0.4 lbs

12

No channel catfish were captured during this survey. Channel catfish over 20 inches have been caught in previous surveys. About 1,600 channel catfish are stocked into McCullom Lake annually.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Fair

1 lbs

12

Two harsh winters (2010-11 and 2013-14) in the last four years have taken their toll on the bass population in this lake. Largemouth bass catch rates have declined since 2004. A couple of nice bass weighing close to three pounds were captured in the 2014 survey. Adult bass have an abundant food supply as yellow perch and yellow bass have exploded.

NORTHERN PIKE

Good

2.1 lbs

21

Consistent stocking has resulted in a strong northern pike population in McCullom Lake.

YELLOW BASS

Excellent

0.1 lbs

7

Yellow perch were extremely abundant during the 2014 survey. This species can become so overabundant they develop into a stunted population, as well as compete with young of year largemouth bass.

YELLOW PERCH

Excellent

0.1 lbs

6

Yellow bass were extremely abundant during the 2014 survey. This species can become so overabundant they develop into a stunted population, as well as compete with young of year largemouth bass.

Location: McCullom Lake is located at the northwest edge of McHenry off of McCullom Lake Road between Illinois Routes 31 and 47. The main entrance is at 4300 Peterson Park Road.

Description: This 244-acre, northeastern Illinois lake is relatively shallow, averaging around four feet with a maximum depth of nine feet. Shoreline access is available at several small parks, including the City of McHenry’s Peterson Park located on the northeast shoreline. Petersen Park has a handicap-accessible fishing pier that is available spring through fall. There is a launch for carry in boats. A small, undeveloped boat launch on the lake’s south shore provides boat access for small trailerable boats with motors of 10 horsepower or less (located off West Shore Drive in McHenry). Private residences surround approximately 80% of the shoreline. An aerator is run periodically through the winter so watch for open water if ice fishing. The lake is managed under a cooperative management agreement with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: McCullom Lake is stocked with largemouth bass, northern pike and channel catfish. The IDNR conducts fish surveys every two to four years. An electrofishing survey was conducted in October 2014. Unfortunately this shallow lake is prone to fish kills and carp infestation.

Yellow bass and yellow perch were extremely abundant during the 2014 survey. They were collected at an estimated 240 and 204 fish per hour. These two species can become so overabundant they develop into a stunted population as well as compete with young of year largemouth bass. Future stockings of largemouth bass and northern pike should help to correct this problem. Other species present in this sample include common carp, golden shiner, bluntnose minnow and emerald shiner. Northern pike, white sucker and pumpkinseed were not found in this sample, but have been previously surveyed in McCullom Lake.

Additional Lake Information: Two-lines or poles only when fishing at McCullom Lake.

Contact Information:
McHenry Parks and Recreation
815-363-2100
IDNR Fisheries
815-675-2386 ext. 214