Forest Preserves Provide Plenty of Great Fishing

Forest Preserves Provide Plenty of Great Fishing
Kyle Stefanich nailed this giant crappie in a Will County Forest Preserve Lake.

The Will County Forest Preserve has several great lakes for fishermen and women throughout Will County. Most of these have groomed trails surrounding the lake allowing easy access to the water. But boats are allowed on some of them as well. Check boat size restrictions before hitching up and heading to the lake.
Here is the rundown on them:
Monee Reservoir: This preserve, located in Monee, features a 46-acre lake that is stocked with bluegill, black crappie, largemouth bass, and channel catfish.

Whalon Lake: This preserve, located in Naperville, features an 80-acre lake that is stocked with bluegill, black crappie, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and walleye.

Rock Run Rookery Preserve: This preserve, located between Channahon and Joliet, on Route 6 features two lakes. At the small west lake, catch and release fishing is required.

Lake Renwick Preserve - Turtle Lake Access: This preserve, located in Plainfield off of Airport Road, provides access to Turtle and Budde Lakes for shoreline fishing. Fishing is restricted to posted areas to protect the breeding and foraging habitat for birds at the nearby Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve.

Catch and release fishing is encouraged at these lakes, but daily creel limits are posted on the Forest Preserve website HERE.

Minnows and slip-bobber will do the trick for crappie and rubber worms in the weeds for bass. Bluegills are on the beds in some of the lakes and can be caught on a little chunk of nite crawler and small split shot.

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