Fox & Nippersink Lake

Fox & Nippersink Lake
Size: 2,120 Acres, Depth: 20 Feet


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Fox Lake and Nippersink Lake on the Chain O'Lakes

Chain O'Lakes Map Legend

  • Type: Drainage Lake
  • Water: Cloudy and Murky – decreases in summer due to algae blooms, very choppy waters increase in summer due to heavy boat traffic and the effects of the Fox River
  • Base: 70% muck, 30% sand & gravel
  • Inlets: Petite Lake at the northwest corner of Fox Lake, Grass Lake on the north side and a smaller inlet from Squaw Creek on the south side, along with several other smaller channels and creeks
  • Outlets: Pistakee Lake on the south end of Nippersink Lake

Species of Fish

There is a variety of species in Fox Lake. Walleyes are predominate in the spring and fall with Channel Catfish providing consistent action throughout the season. Nippersink is known for it’s Yellow Bass and Carp Fisheries. The following lists the types of fish that can be found in Fox / Nippersink Lakes, 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 Fox/Nippersink 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 | 9a Friday, June 27

  • ZONE A – Algonquin to the Stratton Lock and Dam – OPEN
  • ZONE B – Upper River Stratton Lock and Dam North of Pistakee Lake – OPEN
  • ZONE C – Chain O’ Lakes from Pistakee Lake North to the Wisconsin State Line - OPEN