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TURNER LAKE - COLSP


Lake Information

County: Lake

Acreage: 34

Average Depth: 4.99 feet

Shoreline Length: 1.1 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes


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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

Poor

0.1 lbs

6

No crappie were collected in spring fyke nets set following the winterkill of 2013.

BLUEGILL

Developing

0.1 lbs

5

Some breeder size fish are present but their abundance is minimal. Bluegill reproduce well and their abundance should expand rapidly.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Developing

0.6 lbs

13

This species is stocked annually (at 8” to 10”) because they are popular amongst anglers. Preferred size (16” to 18”) fish are still a year or so away following the winterkill of 2013.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Developing

1.9 lbs

16

Some breeder size fish are present but their abundance is minimal. Supplemental stockings will help improve abundance; spawning structures were installed to improve nesting success in an attempt to improve natural reproduction to “grow” the population.

NORTHERN PIKE

Fair

1.9 lbs

21

Northern pike are stocked annually to supplement predatory pressure on panfish and provide additional sportfishing opportunities. Fish up to 24” long were collected in a fyke net survey following the winterkill, so some northern pike survived and are still present in various sizes.

Location: Turner Lake is located in Chain O Lakes State Park in Spring Grove, Illinois in Lake County.

Description: Turner Lake is a relatively shallow natural/glacial depression characterized as a bog lake. In 1974 a stop small dam and fish weir were installed to expand and stabilize water levels in the marsh adjacent to the lake to facilitate northern pike reproduction and prevent rough fish contamination via the Fox River/Chain O' Lakes system. An aeration system was installed in 1979 and is run each winter to keep an area open so noxious gases don’t build up under the ice causing a fish kill. The aeration line was replaced in 2011. Turner Lake is 45 acres; maintains a maximum depth of 10.0 ft. with an average depth of 5.0 ft.; storage capacity is 228 acre-feet. There is a single, gravel boat ramp on the northeast end of the lake for primitive access and 2 fishing piers. Shorefishing opportunities are limited due to the nature of the shoreline. Rental boats are available through a concessionaire at the main boat launch (electric motors only); live bait, tackle, ice, food, and soft drinks also available at the main boat launch. No fish cleaning station is available. Other amenities in the park include: camping, picnic areas, playgrounds, crushed rock bike paths, and horseback riding and trails.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Turner Lake receives annual stockings of 8” to 10” channel catfish, 8” northern pike, and periodic stockings of 4” largemouth bass.

Other species collected were brook stickleback and a golden shiner. Golden shiners did spawn since their young of the year (YOY) were abundant by mid-summer. The system used to have 13 fish species in this system.

Note: TURNER LAKE EXPERIENCED A NEAR “TOTAL” WINTER FISHKILL IN 2013, AND WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF RE-ESTABLISHING ITS FISHERY. SOME CATCHABLE SIZE FISH ARE PRESENT, BUT NOT VERY ABUNDANT!

Additional Lake Information: Boaters – electric trolling motor only.

Contact Information:
Chain O Lakes State Park
847-587-5512
IDNR County Fisheries Biologist
815-675-2319