Grass Lake

Grass Lake
Size: 1,360 Acres, Depth: 6 Feet

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Grass Lake on the Chain O'Lakes in Northern Illinois

Chain O'Lakes Map Legend

  • Type: Drainage Lake
  • Water: Cloudy and Unsettled – worse with the increased boat traffic during the summer
  • Base: 95% muck and 5% sand & gravel
  • Inlets: Fox River on the west side (which makes for a great Fishin’ Hole) and Lake Marie on the northeast side
  • Outlets: Fox and Nippersink Lakes on the south end

Species of Fish

There is a variety of species in Grass Lake. Due to it’s shallowness and murky characteristics, Channel Catfish and Carp abound. During early spring, Bluegill and Crappie can be found spawning. The following lists the types of fish that can be found in Grass Lake, in the order of their abundance:

Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Yellow Bass, Muskie, Walleye, Channel Catfish, Perch, Crappie, White Bass, Northern Pike, Bullhead, Smallmouth Bass, Carp

Fishin’ Holes

Look for the dark green shaded areas on the Grass Lake Map. These areas exhibit conditions that are conducive to good fishing. However, the real key to successful fishing is knowledge. Take the time to learn the traits of the water, along with the habits of the species of fish you choose to sport. Visit Lake Online’s! Fishin’ Hole where you will find over 100 Fishing Links to help you on your way to catching “The Big One”!

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Chain Status

  • ZONE A – Algonquin - Stratton Lock/Dam – OPEN
  • ZONE B – Upper River Stratton Lock/Dam N. of Pistakee Lake – OPEN
  • ZONE C – From Pistakee Lake N. to WI State Line - OPEN