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FOXCROFT LAKE


Lake Information

County: KANE

Average Depth: 2.79 feet

Shoreline Length: 0.5 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Excellent

Bluegill were vary abundant. Bluegill ranged in size from 3.7 to 6.1 inches, with an average size of 5.3 inches. Twenty-one percent of the catch was longer than six inches. The results of the survey indicated a very healthy bluegill population that would benefit from responsible harvest.

CARP

Excellent

Common carp were extremely abundant during this survey. Six common carp were measured from a sub-sample during the most recent survey. They ranged in size from 7.6 to 23.0 inches, averaging 18.4 inches. The heaviest one weighed 5.9 pounds. Common carp have been very abundant in this lake during previous surveys and unlimited harvest is encouraged for this detrimental species.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Improving

Channel catfish captured in this survey ranged in size from 20.8 to 23.0 inches long, with the largest weighing 5.4 pounds. Fishing for channel catfish should be better in the future as 1,700 four and a half inch channel catfish were stocked in 2012 and 2014.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

In our 2014 survey, 29 largemouth bass were found in healthy abundance. The average bass was 9.8 inches long, but size ranged from 4.9 to 15.7 inches. The heaviest bass weighed 2.2 pounds. Only 17% of the bass were over twelve inches and just two legal size (15 inches) fish were caught. Previous surveys here have captured bass up to 18 inches in this lake. Large bass may have been lost due to winter kill in the harsh winter of 2013–14. Multiple sizes (year classes) indicate successful reproduction in this lake. Abundant forage species (gizzard shad, bluegill and golden shiner) keep the bass in this lake fat and healthy.

Location: Foxcroft Lake is located on the west side of Aurora. From Orchard Road, head east on Sullivan Road, turn south (right) on Foxcroft Drive and then west (right) on Birch Lane. Birch Lane dead ends into a small parking area for the adjacent Foxcroft Park.

Description: Foxcroft Lake is an 8.1 acre dug retention pond with a maximum depth of 4.6 feet. The lake is owned and maintained by the Fox Valley Park District (FVPD) as a community park in a residential setting. Flow through from adjacent storm sewers help keep this shallow lake from serious winter kill. The shoreline is mowed in several areas to allow access for shore fishing.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The FVPD has entered into a cooperative management agreement with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to facilitate fisheries management activities. Site-specific regulations apply (six fish daily creel on channel catfish and a three fish, 15-inch minimum limit on largemouth bass). An electrofishing survey took place in May 2014. A newly started channel catfish program (1,700 four inch catfish every other year) should offer great fishing for this species in the future. Abundant largemouth bass and bluegill should offer anglers plenty of action in this suburban park. Excellent access makes Foxcroft Lake a family friendly fishing location. Golden shiner, gizzard shad, yellow bullhead and bluntnose minnow also occur in Foxcroft Lake.

Additional Lake Information: A playground and basketball courts are located at the adjacent park.

Contact Information:
Fox Valley Park District
630-897-0516
IDNR Fisheries
815-675-2386 ext. 214