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MONEE RESERVOIR


Lake Information

County: Will

Acreage: 44

Average Depth: 9.12 feet

Shoreline Length: 2 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No


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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Avg Wt.
(pounds)

Avg.
Length
(inches)

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Fair

0.2 lbs

8

This species has been in a “down” cycle for the past several years. Only two adults were collected during targeted spring trap netting. The 2015 fall survey yielded equally poor results. Hopefully successful recruitment of stocked fish will help this popular fishery to rebound. Site Regulation for white, black or hybrid crappie: 15 fish daily creel limit

BLUEGILL

Very Good

0.1 lbs

5

During the fall 2015 population survey, 25% of the adult bluegills collected were 7” and larger. The largest bluegills sampled eclipsed 9”.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Excellent

3.8 lbs

23

Stocked annually, this population provides excellent angling opportunities with fish ranging in size and some exceeding 24 inches. The average size channel catfish collected in the 2015 survey measured 20.3”. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily creel limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

2.9 lbs

18

In the fall 2015 survey, bass collected ranged from 2.8” to 21.7”, averaging 12.2”. 12% of the adult bass sampled were 18” or larger with 27.4% of the collection legal size (15”). Largemouth bass in the 4- to 5-pound class are commonly collected during IDNR sampling and site reports indicate larger bass are caught annually. Site Regulation: 15” minimum length limit ; 1 fish daily creel limit.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Good

0.8 lbs

10

In a collection nearly identical to the previous survey, redear sunfish collected ranged from 2.0” to 11.0” and 1.1 pound. The average length was 7.1”. Generally more difficult to locate than bluegills, redear sunfish are usually larger than their bluegill counterparts.

Location: Monee Reservoir is located in Will County, 2 miles south of Monee off Ridgeland Road and just minutes from Interstate 55.

Description: Monee Reservoir is a dug and dammed impoundment constructed in 1916 as a water supply source for steam locomotives. Monee Reservoir was leased and managed by the Izaak Walton League from 1928 through the 1960's. Various lease holders operated the reservoir on a club basis throughout the 1970's. The property was purchased in the 1980's by the Forest Preserve District of Will County. The reservoir was drained, dredged and enlarged and opened to the public in 1992. Monee Reservoir has a maximum depth of 27.0 feet with an average depth of 9.1 feet and covers 46 surface acres. Monee Reservoir offers diverse habitats, both natural and man-made. The majority of the shoreline is closed to bank fishing and therefore much of the fishery receives modest angling pressure. Boat fishing is restricted to rental boats and watercraft which are available at the site. Electric trolling motors only. An on-site concession stands provide watercraft and motor rentals, bait, tackle, ice, food and soft drinks. Fishing is open daily during open water - ice fishing is not allowed.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Monee Reservoir receives annual stockings of 8" to 10" channel catfish. Black crappie have also been recently stocked, while the northern pike stocking program was terminated in 2005. A special mercury advisory is in effect for largemouth bass of all sizes which limits consumption to one meal per week for the most sensitive populations.

Monee Reservoir is surveyed on a biennial basis, incorporating various gear types. Aquatic vegetation is managed by the Forest Preserve District, in cooperation with the IDNR.

Additional Lake Information: Boat fishing is restricted to rental boats and watercraft, which are available at the site. Electric trolling motors only. Fishing is open daily during open water - ice fishing is NOT allowed. Two pole and line fishing only. Swimming is prohibited. An on-site concession stands provide watercraft and motor rentals, bait, tackle, ice, food and soft drinks.

Contact Information:
Monee Reservoir
708-534-8499
Rob Miller, IDNR County Fisheries Biologist
630-553-6680