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WHALON LAKE


Lake Information

County: Will

Acreage: 81

Average Depth: 14.99 feet

Shoreline Length: 1.5 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No


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

Good

0.1 lbs

7

Spring trap netting in 2015 yielded a good collection of black crappie dominated by larger adults. Crappie captured in this survey ranged from 8.0” to 11.9”, averaging 10.1”. An equal number were sampled in the fall survey, but this collection was dominated by smaller fish, as evidenced by an average length for fall-caught black crappie of 5.4”.

BLUEGILL

Fair

N/A

4

In 2015, bluegills captured ranged in length from 2.0” to 7.1” and averaged 5.1”. 30% of the adults sampled were at least 6”. A thriving gizzard shad population is likely impacting bluegill growth. Site Regulation: 15 fish daily creel limit.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

2.4 lbs

20

Stocked annually since 2011, channel catfish were poorly represented in the 2015 survey. The poor results are felt to be a sampling anomaly and not a true reflection of the present population. Catfish collected in this survey ranged from 16.9” to 21.7” and averaged 19.6”. Site Regulation: 3 fish daily creel limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

1.6 lbs

15

The fall 2015 fish population survey yielded an electrofishing catch rate of slightly less than one fish per minute of effort, ranging from 2.4” to 18.1” at an average length of 8.5”. This collection was somewhat top-heavy as 72% of the adults captured were legal size (15”). Site Regulation: 1 fish daily creel limit, 18” minimum length limit.

SMALLMOUTH BASS

Poor

2.6 lbs

17

Smallmouth bass are present in lower density and this species has exhibited reproduction and sporadic recruitment. Smallmouth bass collected in 2015 ranged from 3.1” to 17.7”, averaging 8.4”.

WALLEYE

Developing

1.2 lbs

15

Initiating in 2010, walleyes have been stocked annually (except 2011 due to hatchery production). At an average length of 17.9”, walleyes collected in 2015 ranged from 13.8” to 23.6” verifying recruitment from each stocking. The population, and fishery, is still in a developmental stage, but the early signs point toward success and anglers are reporting catches of quality size fish. Site Regulation: 3 fish daily creel limit, 16” minimum length limit.

Location: Whalon Lake is an 81-acre gravel pit lake located in Bolingbrook 2 miles west of Rt. 53 on Royce Road and just minutes from Interstate 55.

Description: Whalon Lake, is owned and operated by the Forest Preserve District of Will County, and the fishery is cooperatively managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Forest Preserve District of Will County. This site was surface-mined by Elmhurst-Chicago Stone for sand, gravel and limestone for nearly 50 years. The property was purchased in the 1990s by the Forest Preserve District of Will County. Following the completion of a site development project, the lake was allowed to fully impound and was opened to the public in 2008. Whalon Lake has a maximum depth of nearly 100 feet with an average depth of 15.0 feet. The watershed is very limited, but the lake is fed by groundwater. During high water events, water can also enter the lake from the adjacent DuPage River. Shoreline length is approximately 1.5 miles, excluding the two islands located in the southeast portion of the impoundment. Whalon Lake offers diverse habitats, both natural and man-made. Very user-friendly, the entire shoreline is accessible to bank fishing and a barrier-free fishing pier facilitates access for anglers with special needs. Whalon Lake has a two-lane concrete boat ramp and boats are restricted to utilizing electric trolling motors only. Fishing is open daily during open water. Ice fishing is not allowed.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: No special mercury advisory or other contaminant-related consumption advisories pertain.

Prior to the impoundment of Whalon Lake, three large overflow pipes with which the quarry was fitted were specified to contain valves to prevent the ingress of fish from the nearby DuPage River. Unfortunately, this vital component of the lake level control system was omitted and during high water events riverine species have gained access to the lake. Fish population surveys indicated that common carp, white suckers, green sunfish, yellow bass and gizzard shad have also become established.

'>Whalon Lake is surveyed on a biennial basis incorporating various gear types. Aquatic vegetation is managed by the Forest Preserve District, in cooperation with the IDNR. An aquatic plant introduction project was initiated in 2013, resulting in the planting of water willow along selected shoreline areas of the lake's two islands. Whalon Lake receives annual stockings of 8" to 10" channel catfish and fingerling walleye. No special mercury advisory or other contaminant-related consumption advisories pertain.

Prior to the impoundment of Whalon Lake, three large overflow pipes with which the quarry was fitted were specified to contain valves to prevent the ingress of fish from the nearby DuPage River. Unfortunately, this vital component of the lake level control system was omitted and during high water events riverine species have gained access to the lake. Fish population surveys indicated that common carp, white suckers, green sunfish, yellow bass and gizzard shad have also become established.

Additional Lake Information: Boats are restricted to utilizing 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.

Contact Information:
Forest Preserve District of Will County
815-727-8700
Rob Miller, IDNR County Fisheries Biologist:
630-553-6680