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MUSKRAT POND


Lake Information

County: DUPAGE

Acreage: 3

Average Depth: 12.01 feet

Recreational Amenities

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No


Map courtesy of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County


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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Poor

Only one black crappie was captured in 2017.It was 8.5 inches long. Fifteen black crappie were caught in the 2013 survey. Crappie numbers tend to fluctuate greatly in lakes and ponds in the area. Site Regulation: White and black crappie: No minimum length limit; 15 fish daily limit.

BLUEGILL

Good

Bluegill catch rate was slightly higher than the desired goal in the management plan. Bluegill ranged in length from 3.2 to 7.3 inches with an average length of 4.7.Site Regulation: No minimum length limit; 25 fish daily limit.

CARP

Average

Common carp were also captured in this survey with the average length of 22.04 inches.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Average

No channel catfish were captured in the survey. They are stocked regularly and should be fairly abundant at this “off the beaten path” pond. Site Regulation: 12-inch minimum length limit; 3 fish daily limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

Largemouth bass abundance was rated as good during the most recent survey. Largemouth bass ranged in size from 2.5 to 18.6 inches, with the heaviest fish weighing 3.6 pounds. Ten percent of the sample was longer than 15 inches. Site Regulation: 14–18-inch protected slot limit; 4 fish daily creel limit with 3 fish that can be harvested under 14 inches and 1 fish 18 inches and larger.

Location: Muskrat Pond is located in the Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve. Access is available off Army Trail Road at Klein Road in Bartlett.

Description: Muskrat Pond is a 3.3-acre gravel pit pond with a maximum depth of 25 ft. at normal water level and average depth is 12.0 ft. The bottom drops rapidly from the shoreline around most of the pond and little shallow littoral habitat is present. Clear water allows submersed vegetation to grow throughout much of the lake. The pond and much of its watershed are contained within the forest preserve and the shoreline is undeveloped. No amenities are available at this location.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The fish community in this pond is sampled every four years. Largemouth bass and channel catfish are stocked occasionally to supplement natural reproduction. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has installed several fish attractors to provide additional fish cover and structure in this bowl-shaped lake.

Steep sided ponds are difficult to sample due to the lack of shallow water habitat where electrofishing is most effective. During the Spring electrofishing we did not sample many large fish which is most likely a function of sampling inefficiency. Access is an issue at Muskrat Pond, so it is a destination for the more adventurous angler who is willing to do some walking to get to a secluded spot.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth Bass: 14–18-inch protected slot limit; 4 fish daily creel limit with 3 fish that can be harvested under 14 inches and 1 fish 18 inches and larger
Bluegill: No minimum length limit; 25 fish daily limit
Channel Catfish: 12-inch minimum length limit; 3 fish daily limit
White and black crappie: No minimum length limit; 15 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
630-933-7200
IDNR District Fisheries Biologist:
815-675-2386 ext. 214