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HASTINGS LAKE - LCFPD


Lake Information

County: LAKE

Average Depth: 9.51 feet

Shoreline Length: 1.5 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? trolling motor only

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? No

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

Good

N/A

N/A

Black crappie were collected in 2015 measuring from 5” to 9.2”. Larger crappie were not detected with the gear we used, but likely are present at lower abundances.

BLUEGILL

Very Good

N/A

N/A

In 2015, bluegill collected ranged from 4” to 7.8”. 14% of the bluegill were over 7” long and 3% were over 7.5” long. Larger fish likely exist, but because of sampling conditions larger-sized bluegill were tough to collect.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

N/A

N/A

In 2015, largemouth bass collected measured 7.3” to 20.3”. 81% were over 12” long, 67% were over 14” long, and 62% exceeded the legal length of 15”. Water was very clear during the survey and many more fish could be seen cruising in front of work boat, but couldn’t be collected! The size structure of this population creates a quality bass fishing experience and many pan fishing opportunities! Site Regulation: 15” minimum length limit; 6 fish daily creel limit.

NORTHERN PIKE

Average

N/A

N/A

This species is stocked annually with 10” fingerlings. Spring fyke nets targeting northern pike yielded 4.2 fish/net night. Fish averaged 27” long and weighed 4.8 lbs. Site Regulation: 24” minimum length limit; 3 fish per day creel limit

Location: Hastings Lake is located in the Village of Lindenhurst in Lake County, Illinois.

Description: Hastings Lake was purchased by the Lake County Forest Preserve District in 2003 from the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. The YMCA maintained a Youth Camp at the lake from 1923 to 2003. Hastings Lake is a glacial origin lake and has inputs from Crooked Lake to the west and Linden Lake to its southeast. Hastings Lake is 74 acres; shoreline length 1.5 miles; watershed 2129 acres (29 to 1); maximum depth 26 feet; average depth 9.5 feet. Carry-in boats, kayaks and canoes can launch on a sandy shoreline in the northwestern part of the lake. Electric trolling motors are allowed. There is No developed boat ramp and there is no trailer parking available. No concessions are available and no fish cleaning facilities are available.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Common carp were causing some water quality problems when the lake was acquired in 2003, so a removal project was undertaken; 620 carp weighing 1500 lbs. were removed by 2008 and predator stockings were enhanced. The fishery has rebounded and now supports a more balanced combination of sport fish and pan fish. Occasional fish surveys take place to update the Status of the Fishery.

Approximately 10 fish species have recently been detected in this mid-size glacial lake: largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, yellow perch, northern pike, yellow bass, black crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish, common carp, black bullhead. Hastings Lake receives annual stockings of 10” northern pike.

Additional Lake Information: Carry-in boats, kayaks and canoes can launch on a sandy shoreline in the northwestern part of the lake. Electric trolling motors are allowed. There is No developed boat ramp and there is no trailer parking available. No concessions are available and no fish cleaning facilities are available.

All fish species - two pole and line fishing only.

Contact Information:
Lake County Forest Preserve District:
847-367-6640
IDNR County Fisheries Biologist:
815-675-2319