Pistakee Lake

Pistakee Lake
Size: 1,700 Acres, Depth: 31 Feet


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Pistake 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: 80% muck & 20% sand
  • Inlets: Nippersink Lake and Creek on the north side and various other inlets from smaller lakes and bays
  • Outlets: Fox River on the west shore

Species of Fish

There is a variety of species in Pistakee Lake. Bluegill are abundant with many in the 5″ to 6″ range along with high concentrations of Walleye – mostly in the spring and fall. Also Channel Catfish are quite prevalent in this lake, as they are the main predator. The following lists the types of fish that can be found in Pistakee Lake, in the order of their abundance:

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

Fishin’ Holes

Look for the dark green shaded areas on the Pistakee 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 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