Lake Information

County: Grundy

Acreage: 10

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Trolling Motor Only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Fish Status



The bluegill population could be considered average with a fair amount of quality-sized fish present. The results of the 2016 were much improved over previous years, both in terms of the number of fish collected, overall average size and the density of 6” bluegills.



Channel catfish are stocked on a rotational basis to augment the population as natural reproduction and recruitment are negligible. Harvestable-size catfish are likely removed as they are caught. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily creel limit.



Very few crappie have ever been collected from Goose Lake, but it is likely to support a small population. That fishery would not be considered noteworthy. The average size crappie collected in the 2016 survey measured 8.3”. Site Regulation: 10 fish daily creel limit.



Electrofishing catch rates showed improvement in the 2016 survey while the bass population showed little change from the previous survey. Bass that were 12” and larger increased slightly and for the first time since the 2002 survey legal-sized bass were collected. Site Regulation: 15” minimum length limit; 3 fish daily creel limit.



Yellow bullheads have been fairly prominent in most surveys and are an underutilized resource.

Location: Goose Lake (Lake #6) is located within the Mazonia State Fish and Wildlife Area Main Unit, 3 miles southwest of Braidwood in Grundy County on Illinois Route 53 and Huston Road.

Description: Goose Lake is one of the smaller impoundments in the Mazonia Main Unit at 9.8 surface acres. Due to its proximity to the main access road, it receives a fair amount of bank fishing pressure. Under normal water level conditions, Goose Lake is isolated from other lakes. However, higher water levels facilitate boat access to a smaller interior pond. Shoreline access is limited by extensive stands of tall reed grass but more of the shoreline is assessable on Goose Lake than most others. Goose Lake has a primitive, one-lane gravel boat ramp and adjacent parking area. Goose Lake is closed to fishing during upland game and waterfowl season. Following the completion of the hunting seasons, it reopens for ice fishing dependent upon ice conditions.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Goose Lake is surveyed on an as-needed basis. Fish stocking has included channel catfish and smallmouth bass (discontinued due to poor results). No special mercury advisory or other contaminant-related consumption advisories pertain.

Additional Lake Information: Trolling motor only. Two pole and line fishing only.

Site Regulation:
Channel Catfish: 6 fish daily creel limit
Largemouth Bass: 15” minimum length limit; 3 fish daily creel limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie: 10 fish daily creel limit

Contact Information:
Mazonia/Braidwood State Fish & Wildlife Area
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Seth Love