Fishing

The Lost Lake RCD's lake and watershed management activities have proven themselves very beneficial to the lake's fishery qualities. 



When the RCD began managing the lake in the late 1970s, the quality of the lake's overall fishing was on a marked and very noticeable decline. Now, some 30-plus years later, the lake can be considered one of the state's best waters for trophy walleye, largemouth bass, muskie and crappie. Also roaming the 88-acre Lost Lake are channel catfish, smallmouth and hybrid striped bass, sunfish/bluegill, and perch. 



A good deal of thanks and gratitude must also be passed along to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), and the Lost Lake Fishing Club, for their many volunteer efforts that have greatly contributed to Lost Lake's rejuvenation.

 

To view IDNR & privately-hired electroshocking studies and historical fish stocking data, click here.

2021 Fishing Creel Limits

Stocking of game fish by the RCD, and assisted by the Lost Lake, is driven by electroshocking studies conducted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and typically occurs in October.

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Releasing a quality muskie back into Lost Lake.

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Muskie raised during electroshocking
Muskie raised during electroshocking

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Stocking of game fish by the RCD, and assisted by the Lost Lake, is driven by electroshocking studies conducted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and typically occurs in October.

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Illinois Department of Natural Resources' (IDNR) laws and regulations are in force while fishing Lost Lake. Click on the graphic to the left to view/download current IDNR fishing laws and regulations.