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JERICHO LAKE


Lake Information

County: Kane

Acreage: 40

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric motors only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes


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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2019

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

606

2020

Channel Catfish

Non-vulnerable 8 - 10"

474

2020

Northern Pike

Non-vulnerable 8 - 10"

210


Additional information for stocking on JERICHO LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Poor

Black crappie captured in this survey ranged in size from 6.5 to 11.9 inches, the largest weighing 1.0 pound. Only one of the six crappie captured was greater than the nine inch minimum length limit. Crappie are difficult to manage in small lakes, having catch rates that fluctuate greatly from year to year.

BLUEGILL

Very Good

Bluegill captured ranged in size from 3.7 to 6.8 inches, with an average size of 5.1 inches. 20% of the catch was longer than six inches.

CARP

Good

Common Carp were not overly abundant in this survey. Five Common Carp were captured, ranging in length from 18.6 to 26.6 inches, averaging 22.6 inches. Common Carp have been very abundant in this lake during previous surveys and unlimited harvest is encouraged for this detrimental species.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Average

While no Channel Catfish were captured in this survey, anglers at the boat launch said they had good luck fishing for them in the evening. Electrofishing is not an effective method of capturing Channel Catfish in deep clear water. IDNR stocks non-vulnerable Channel Catfish annually in Jericho Lake. Site Regulation: Six fish daily limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

Largemouth bass were caught at well over what is considered to be a healthy abundance measure. Largemouth bass ranged in length from 2.7 to 18.9 inches. The average size bass was 11.1 inches. The heaviest bass weighed 3.0 pounds. 10% of the bass captured were over the 15 inch minimum length limit. High relative weight (a measure or “plumpness”) indicates that this population, while abundant, has plenty of forage (food). Forage species include gizzard shad, bluegill, black crappie and golden shiner. Multiple sizes (year classes) indicate successful reproduction and recruitment in this lake.

Location: Jericho Lake is located on the west side of Aurora, in Kane County. Jericho Lake Park is located on the south side of Jericho Road, 0.4 miles west of Orchard Road.

Description: Jericho Lake is a 20.9 acre reclaimed rock quarry with a maximum depth of 26.2 feet. It is a steep-sided lake with clear water. The lake is owned and maintained by the Fox Valley Park District (FVPD) as a community park. The shoreline is mowed in several areas to allow access for shore fishing. There is a boat ramp for small boats with electric motors only. Carry-in water craft are a better option. A picnic area and Frisbee golf course are located in the adjacent park. There are several mowed areas to provide excellent 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 (IDNR) to facilitate fisheries management activities. Jericho Lake is stocked annually with 450 channel catfish (8-12 inch or non-vulnerable sized) by IDNR. Starting in 2020, Jericho Lake will be stocked annually with Northern Pike. A 35-minute electrofishing survey took place on September 15th, 2020.
Size distribution and abundance of largemouth bass looked great in the 2020 survey. Bluegill numbers and size distribution were lower than previous surveys. Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Spring of 2020, the survey had to take place in the Fall which most likely underestimated abundance and size structure for both species.

Additional Lake Information: Site specific regulations apply:
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily creel
Largemouth bass: 3 fish, 15" minimum length limit
Crappie: 15 fish creel limit and 9" inch minimum length limit

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