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Lake Information

County: Lake

Acreage: 8

Average Depth: 8.5 feet

Shoreline Length: 0.6 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? No

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Fish Status



Black crappie collected were all about the same size and probably indicates a stunted population. Crappie are good reproducers, so without a lot of diversity in the predator poplation, crappie can easily stunt in a small lake. Crappie stunt at about the size they first reach maturity, which is around 7” to 7.5” long.



In 2016, bluegill collected during the survey ranged up to 6.8” long and weighed up to 0.2 lbs. 13% were greater than 6”, 0% were longer than 7” long. Smaller bluegill are expected when vegetation is abundant and offers a lot of hiding cover from predators.



In 2016, bass collected ranged up to 13.5” long and weighed up to 1.8 lbs. 40% of the bass exceeded 12”, 12% were greater than 13” and no fish exceeded 14”. This size structure is allowed to “fair” fishing success with a reasonable number of adult bass present in the population. Site Regulation: 15” minimum length limit; 1 fish daily limit.

Location: Taylor Lake is located in south of Route 176 and west of Fairfield Road, in Lakewood Forest Preserve, near Wauconda, Illinois in Lake County.

Description: Taylor Lake is a manmade dug, wetland lake. It is near the top of the watershed and drains into Banana Lake just to the north. Taylor Lake is 6.0 acres with a shoreline length of 0.56 miles, a watershed of 42.2 acres (5 to 1), a maximum depth 17 feet, and an average depth of 8.5 feet. Shorefishing is allowed, but boats are not. The lake has picnic facilities, tables, an abundance of limestone paths and plenty of parking. There are no concessions available on site.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Fish surveys are occasionally conducted by IDNR staff to evaluate the fishery. Most of the fish in this lake are maintained by natural reproduction, very little stocking occurs in Taylor Lake. Aquatic vegetation is not treated in this lake, which can become near nuisance level by summer. Six species were collected during our survey: bluegill, golden shiner, largemouth bass, black crappie, black bullhead, and pumkinseed sunfish.

Additional Lake Information: No boats are allowed. All fish species: two pole and line fishing only.

Site Regualtions:

Largemouth bass: 15” minimum length limit; 1 fish daily limit
Channel catfish: 3 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
Lake County Forest Preserve District:
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Frank Jakubicek