ILLINOIS: Where To Go Ice Fishing

I would prefer getting kicked in the ICE HOLE, wouldn’t you?

Soon there will be enough ice on the lakes to try your luck ice fishing, but before heading out it’s wise to check with the local bait shops to make certain the spot you have chosen is adequately ice covered and at the thickness needed to stay safe.

Once you have bundled up and made it to your lake or river of choice, make sure to thoroughly check the ice thickness for yourself before you drop your lines. Ice should be at least 4″ thick to support your weight. Clear-blue, lake ice is the strongest, while river ice and cloudy ice support less weight. Once the ice turns slushy, it supports half the weight of clear-blue ice.

  This is such a large subject, I have chosen these links: See the Ice Fishing Safety section for more information. Lake County Forest Preserves

Again, check with local bait shops to see if the lake you’re interested in fishing has adequate ice cover. Below are a few spots in Illinois for ice fishing:

Here are the locations in the Lake County Forest Preserves that are open for ice fishing:

Banana Lake in Wauconda;
Independence Grove, in the South Bay only, off Buckley Road in Libertyville;
Sterling Lake at Van Patten Woods.

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