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BANANA LAKE (LCFPD)


Lake Information

County: Lake

Acreage: 3

Recreational Amenities

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No

  Trout stocked in fall

  Trout stocked in spring


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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Fair

In 2016, bluegill captured during the survey ranged up to 6.7” and weighed up to 0.2 lbs. 14.5% were greater than 6”, but no bluegill exceeded 7” long.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Fair

In 2016, bass collected measured up to 17.7” long and weighted up to 2.6 lbs. 12.5% were greater than 12”, 3% were greater than 15” (legal length) and 1.5% were greater than 17” long. The bass abundance and size structure in Banana Lake is indicative of a heavily fished, small lake. Reproduction is consistent, but larger fish are present but not abundant. Fishing Regulation: 15” minimum length limit ; 1 fish daily creel limit.

Location: Banana Lake is located in the Lakewood Forest Preserve, east of Wauconda, IL, west of Fairfield Road, and south of Route 176 in Lake County.

Description: Banana Lake is considered a dug wetland lake, though it appears to be a dug quarry lake by its bathymetry. Banana Lake is 4.8 acres; shoreline length 0.4 miles; watershed 67 acres (14 to 1); maximum depth 27 feet; average depth 13 feet. Picnic facilities and limestone trails are available in the park. No boats are allowed on Banana Lake. No concessions are available.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Banana Lake is a Rainbow trout fishing location and receives periodic fish surveys by IDNR staff to update the status of the fishery. Besides spring and fall stockings of Rainbow trout, Banana Lake receives very little stocking. At one time it was part of the IDNR’s channel catfish stocking program, but was removed because of budget issues. Some of those fish may still be present in the system. Banana Lake and Taylor Lake share may of the same species, but Banana Lake's depth makes it difficult to collect species which may live near the bottom.

Additional Lake Information: All fish species, two pole and line fishing only.
Channel Catfish – 3 fish daily creel limit.

Picnic facilities and limestone trails are available in the park. No boats are allowed on Banana Lake. No concessions are available.

Contact Information:
Lake County Forest Preserve District:
847-367-6640
IDNR District Fisheries Biologist:
815-675-2319