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Lake Information

County: Kane

Acreage: 3

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.

Fish Stocking






Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"


Additional information for stocking on WILLOW LAKE (FVPD)

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status


Very Good

Bluegill were vary abundant and ranged in size from 3.07 to 7.65 inches, with an average size of 5.33 inches. 29% of the catch was longer than six inches. The results of the survey indicated a very healthy bluegill population that could benefit from responsible harvest. It is important to release large bluegills. If no large fish are present, bluegill can become sexually mature at a smaller size and not grow.



Common carp were not extremely abundant during this survey. Two common carp were measured and they were both around 18 inches, weighing around three pounds. Carp tend to stir up sediments through their feeding behavior. This tends to increase turbidity which can lead to many other problems in small lakes. Carp should be removed from the lake whenever possible.



No channel catfish were caught in this survey. Fishing for channel catfish should be better in the future as 600 four inch channel catfish were stocked in 2012 and 2014. Site Regulation: Six fish daily limit.



In our 2016 electrofishing survey, bass were slightly below what we consider to be a healthy abundance measure. The average bass was 11.90 inches long, but length ranged from 6.18 to 19.80 inches. The heaviest bass weighed 5.18 pounds. 20% of the catch was over twelve inches in length and 16% was over the legal length limit (15 inches). We did much better in 2016 than the previous sample in 2009. Multiple sizes (year classes) indicate successful reproduction in this lake although no fish under six inches were captured. Abundant forage species keep the bass in this lake fat and healthy. Site Regulation: 3 fish, 15" minimum limit.

Location: Willow Lake is located on the west side of North Aurora. From Randall Road, head east on Dogwood Drive, then turn south (right) on North Juniper Drive. Park on the street at Willow Lake Park.

Description: Willow Lake is a 3 acre dug retention pond. 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 help keep this lake from serious winter kill. The shoreline is mowed in several areas to allow access for shore fishing and a path encircles the lake. A playground is located at the adjacent park.

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. An IDNR channel catfish program (600 four inch catfish every other year) should offer great fishing for this species in the future. Abundant largemouth bass and bluegill should offer anglers plenty of action in this residential park. Additional species include black crappie, gizzard shad, golden shiner and yellow bass. Bluntnose minnow and green sunfish were caught in the last survey of Willow Lake, but were not present in the 2016 sample. Easy access at Willow Lake Park makes the Lake a family friendly fishing location with the chance at catching some nice fish!

Additional Lake Information: Site-specific regulations apply:
Six fish daily creel on channel catfish
Three fish, 15 inch minimum limit on largemouth bass

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