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WAUBONSEE LAKE


Lake Information

County: DUPAGE

Acreage: 16

Average Depth: 4.1 feet

Recreational Amenities

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No


Maps are not intended for navigation.


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

No black crappie were caught in this survey, but a 2012 survey caught 11 crappie with the largest measuring over nine 9 inches. This lake is not stocked with or managed for crappie at this time. Due the connectivity of the system, black crappies could move into the system during high water and abundance can vary greatly in a span of a few years.

BLUEGILL

Good

Bluegill abundance was very high and size structure was skewed toward small individuals in the previous two surveys. In our most recent survey (2017), bluegill abundance was a bit lower than the goal, and while this may have only earned a “fair” rating based on management goals, it is a sign of a much more “balanced system”. Bluegill ranged in length from 1.8 inches to 6.6 with the average fish measuring 4.8 inches. About 20% percent of the catch measured longer than six inches.

CARP

Good

Twenty-eight common carp were counted during the survey, ranging in size from 10 to 24 inches. They were not collected due to a low oxygen bottle in the livewell. Common carp dislodge vegetation and cloud the water with their feeding behavior of “rooting” through the substrate. Unlimited harvest is encouraged for this detrimental species.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Developing

While no channel catfish were captured in this survey, they were stocked in 2012 and 2014. If these fish haven’t been caught or moved out of the system, they should be of a catchable size as of the writing of this report. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

Largemouth bass abundance was rated as good and fish surveyed ranged in size from 3.0 to 18.1 inches, with the largest fish weighing 3.5 pounds. The average length in the sample was 11.0 inches. 24% of the catch was longer than fifteen inches. Site Regulation: 15" minimum length limit; 3 fish daily limit.

Location: Waubonsee Lake Park is located on the east side of Kautz Road 0.2 miles north of Montgomery Road in Aurora.

Description: Waubonsee Lake is a 16 acre lake and the downstream most in a series of three lakes formed by impounding the Waubonsee Creek. These lakes were built as flood control and serve as a detention system for the area. Waubonsee Lake has a maximum depth of 9.5 feet and an average depth of 4.1. The lake is owned and maintained by the Fox Valley Park District (FVPD) as a community park in a residential setting. There is a jogging/bike path around the lake that connects to the Spring Lake complex to the northeast.

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. A dredging project was completed in 2017 to deepen the lake. An electrofishing survey took place in May of 2017. Fairly abundant bluegill and largemouth bass should provide plenty of quality catches in Waubonsee Lake. Our most recent survey showed a good number of bass over 15 inches and a bluegill population that had plenty of fish over six inches. Multiple forage species are present in the lake; white sucker, redear sunfish, golden shiner, gizzard shad, bluntnose minnow, and quillback carpsucker were also captured in smaller numbers.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth and smallmouth bass: 15" minimum length limit; 3 fish daily limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit

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