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MUD LAKE


Lake Information

County: DUPAGE

Acreage: 22

Average Depth: 4.99 feet

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? No

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

Average

Three black crappie were sampled during the survey. The crappie measured from 6.5 to 9.3 inches long. This lake is not stocked with or managed for crappie at this time. Small lakes in the area tend to show large fluctuations in crappie catch and can overpopulate a lake easily without the proper predator balance. Site Regulation: No minimum length limit; 15 fish daily limit.

BLUEGILL

Average

As in previous years, the bluegill catch rate was high. Bluegill abundance this high often leads to overcrowding, stunting or less than desirable-length fish. The bluegill in the sample ranged from 1.9 to 7.2 inches, with an average length of 4.8 inches. Size structure looked better in 2017 than in the previous survey with 23% of the bluegill measuring longer than six inches (compared to 12% in 2013). Pumpkinseed, a cousin of the bluegill, also occur in Mud Lake. Site Regulation: No minimum length limit; 25 fish daily limit.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Improving

Five channel catfish were captured during the survey. This catch is lower than what we would like to see, but it is encouraging that these fish were captured considering they typically avoid electrofishing gear. All five of the channel catfish were over the “quality” length category and measured between 22.7 to 26.4 inches. Fishing for catfish should be better in the future as 6,000 four inch channel catfish were stocked in 2013. Site Regulation: 12-inch minimum length limit; 3 fish daily limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

In our 2017 electrofishing survey, the catch rate for largemouth bass was lower than during the previous survey. This abundant population shows no signs of stunting as the fish ranged in length from 3.7 to 21.5 inches, with the heaviest fish weighing 8.1 pounds (the largest bass captured in a FPDDC fish survey on record!). Seventeen percent of the sample measured longer than 15 inches. This bass fishery continues to produce nice fish year after year! 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.

YELLOW PERCH

Average

Seven yellow perch were sampled during the 2017 spring electrofishing survey. These fish ranged in length from 5.4 to 7.9 inches.

Location: Mud Lake is located in the McDowell Grove Forest Preserve. Parking is available off Raymond Drive a half mile south Diehl Road in Naperville.

Description: Mud Lake is a 22 acre borrow pit with a maximum depth of 16 feet and an average depth of 5 feet. There is a one-mile walk-on a gravel trail from the parking lot to the lake, which helps to limit fishing pressure at this site. Mud Lake is one of 30 lakes and ponds owned and maintained for sport fishing by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County (FPDDC). There is good shoreline fishing access available via a gravel trail around half of the lake. No watercraft allowed.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: These waters have been under management by the FPDDC Fishery Biologist to provide quality sport fishing opportunities. In 1984, the FPDDC entered into a cooperative management agreement with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to facilitate management activities.

Largemouth bass and channel catfish are occasionally stocked to supplement the population. New site specific regulations for all FPDDC waters were put in place in 2017. In addition to the species above, several riverine species are present in this lake due to connectivity with the DuPage River during flood events, including gizzard shad, black bullhead, white sucker, common carp, golden shiner, yellow bass and green sunfish.

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