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Lake Information

County: Grundy

Acreage: 10

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Trolling Motor Only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status



The bluegill population could be considered average with a fair amount of quality-sized fish present. The average size bluegill collected in the last survey measured 4.9”.



Channel catfish are stocked on a rotational basis to augment the population as natural reproduction and recruitment are suspected to be low. Harvestable-size catfish are likely removed as they are caught.



Very few crappie have ever been collected from Goose Lake, but it is likely to support a small population. That fishery would not be considered noteworthy.



Results from the most current survey indicate a fair largemouth bass fishery, dominated by fish ranging from 8” to 12”. The long-term average for largemouth bass collected at Goose Lake is 9.8”. Few bass of larger size have ever been sampled from Goose Lake, but factors that hamper the ineffectiveness of electrofishing impact the evaluation of this lake. Site reports indicate that occasionally a larger bass is caught from Goose Lake.



Yellow bullheads have been fairly prominent in most surveys and are an underutilized resource.

Location: Goose Lake (Lake #6) is located within the Mazonia State Fish and Wildlife Area Main Unit, 3 miles southwest of Braidwood in Grundy County on Illinois Route 53 and Huston Road.

Description: Goose Lake is one of the smaller impoundments in the Mazonia Main Unit at 9.8 surface acres. Due to its proximity to the main access road, it receives a fair amount of bank fishing pressure. Under normal water level conditions, Goose Lake is isolated from other lakes. However, higher water levels facilitate boat access to a smaller interior pond. Shoreline access is limited by extensive stands of tall reed grass but more of the shoreline is assessable on Goose Lake than most others. Goose Lake has a primitive, one-lane gravel boat ramp and adjacent parking area. Goose Lake is closed to fishing during upland game and waterfowl season. Following the completion of the hunting seasons, it reopens for ice fishing dependent upon ice conditions.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Goose Lake is surveyed on an as-needed basis. Fish stocking has included channel catfish and smallmouth bass (discontinued due to poor results). No special mercury advisory or other contaminant-related consumption advisories pertain.

Additional Lake Information: Trolling motor only. Two pole and line fishing only.

Contact Information:
Mazonia/Braidwood State Fish & Wildlife Area
IDNR County Fisheries Biologist