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MAPLE LAKE (FPDDC)


Lake Information

County: DUPAGE

Acreage: 18

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? No Boats allowed

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? No

Camping? No


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Very Good

Twenty-two Black Crappie was captured in this survey, which meets the management goals for this lake. This species also looks to doing better with the removal of Yellow Bass.

BLUEGILL

Excellent

The catch rate was 306 fish per hour in 2020. This is well above the management goal and suggests that removal of Yellow Bass is helping the Bluegill Population. Bluegill size structure looked better in 2020 than in the last two surveys (2012 and 2016). Nineteen percent of the bluegills were longer than six inches, while five percent were longer than seven inches.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

Largemouth Bass were captured at a rate of 59 fish per hour.Largemouth bass ranged in size from 3.1 to 20.6 inches long with an average length of 8.6 inches. The heaviest bass weighed 4.8 pounds. Thirty-Three percent of the catch were longer than 12 inches, while 6% were longer than 15 inches.

Location: Maple Lake is located in DuPage County at the Meacham Grove Forest Preserve on Circle Ave., 0.25 miles north of Lake Street in Bloomingdale.

Description: Maple Lake is a 17.7-acre borrow-pit lake located in the Meacham Grove Forest Preserve. The lake was built in 1952 and rebuilt in 1994 as an urban flood retention reservoir. It is one of 29 lakes and ponds owned and maintained for sport fishing by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County (FPDDC). No watercraft are allowed. There is a popular jogging/walking path around the lake. The FPDDC has installed several fish attracting structures in this lake.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: These waters are under management of the FPDDC Fishery Ecologist to provide quality sport fishing opportunities. In 1984, the FPDDC entered into a cooperative management agreement with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to facilitate management activities. Channel Catfish and Largemouth Bass have been stocked regularly in the last ten years. Walleye were stocked for the first time in 2019. In a 2012 survey, Yellow Bass were found to be very abundant. This species is not managed in this lake and is considered a nuisance species. Active removals since 2013 have removed 685 pounds of Yellow Bass. The fish are being used to feed animals at a nearby wildlife and bird rehab facility. An electrofishing survey was conducted on June 1st, 2020 to assess the sportfish population.

Low numbers of quality size largemouth bass and bluegill were found in the previous surveys in 2012 and 2016. The 2020 survey showed Yellow Bass were still present, but not in alarmingly high numbers. Largemouth Bass and Bluegill population indices look better than they have in a more than a decade!

Additional Lake Information: New sportfishing regulations for all DuPage County Forest Preserve lakes and ponds went into effect April 1st, 2017 – most notable being a 14-18 inch protected slot length for largemouth bass. Anglers will be allowed to harvest three bass under 14 inches and one trophy (over 18 inches), if desired.

Two pole and line fishing only and each pole must not have more than two hooks or lures attached while fishing.
Largemouth or Smallmouth Bass
— 14 to 18 inch protected slot limit;
— 4 fish daily creel limit with three fish less than 14 inches and one fish over 18 inches.
Channel Catfish
— 12-inch minimum length limit; 3 fish daily creel limit.
White or Black Crappie
— 15 fish daily creel limit; no size restrictions
Bluegill and Redear
— 25 fish daily creel limit; no size restrictions
Yellow Perch
— Five fish daily creel limit; 9 inch minimum length limit
Walleye
— Three fish daily creel limit; 16 inch minimum length limit

Contact Information:
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
Dan Grigas
630-933-7200
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Andy Plauck
815-675-2386 ext. 214