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TURNSTONE POND (FVPD)


Lake Information

County: Kane

Acreage: 7

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? No

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

BLUEGILL

Fair

Bluegill captured ranged in size from 1.5 to 6.7 inches, with an average size of 4.5 inches. Only 6% of the catch was longer than six inches (the length considered harvestable). The bluegill population would benefit from harvest of small (less than six inch) bluegill.

CARP

Excellent

Common carp were extremely abundant during this survey. Five common carp were measured from a sub-sample during the most recent survey. They ranged in size from 17.1 to 20.0 inches, averaging 18.7 inches. The heaviest one weighed 3.9 pounds. Common carp are very abundant in this pond and unlimited harvest is encouraged for this detrimental species.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Developing

No channel catfish were captured in this survey. Fishing for channel catfish should be better in the future as 1,500 four to five inch channel catfish were stocked by IDNR in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Excellent

In our 2016 electrofishing survey, we captured largemouth bass at a rate that is higher than what is considered to be a healthy abundance measure. The average bass was 11.8 inches long, but size ranged from 3.0 to 19.1 inches. The heaviest bass weighed 4.6 pounds. 22% of bass in the sample were over the 15 inch length limit. Bass were more abundant in this survey than in the 2009 survey. Size structure was similar to 2009, with 25% of the bass measuring over 15 inches in 2009. Multiple sizes (year classes) indicate successful reproduction in this lake. Abundant forage species keep the bass in this lake well fed healthy.

Location: Turnstone Pond is located on the west side of Aurora in Kane County. From Orchard Road, head east on West Galena Road, turn south (right) on South Constitution Drive and then right on Wynwood Lane. Park on the street to enter the park the left side of Wynwood.

Description: Turnstone Pond is a 7.3 acre dug retention pond with a maximum depth of 10 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 can make water levels fluctuate. The shoreline is mowed in several areas to allow access for shore fishing. The pond has two basins connected by a shallow channel. The south basin of the pond is open for public fishing while the north end is bordered by a school and a church.

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 length limit on largemouth bass). A 30 minute electrofishing survey took place on May 25, 2016 and data compared to results from a 2009 IDNR Fisheries Survey.

Abundant largemouth bass and bluegill should offer anglers plenty of action in this suburban park. High numbers of common carp and gizzard shad are present. Gizzard shad, black crappie, golden shiner, black bullhead, yellow bass, yellow bullhead and hybrid sunfish were also captured in this sample. Previous surveys have shown bluntnose minnow to be present in Turnstone Pond.

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