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BOSS LAKE


Lake Information

County: Bureau

Acreage: 16

Average Depth: 33.99 feet

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Yes

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? No

Camping? No


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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2021

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

1994

2021

Redear Sunfish

Fingerling 1 - 3"

31140

2021

Smallmouth Bass

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

638

2021

Smallmouth Bass

Fingerling 1 - 3"

693


Additional information for stocking on BOSS LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Excellent

The overall CPUE of 132 Bluegill per hour is very similar to historical records. Overall Boss Lake supports an excellent Bluegill fishery that has great trophy fish opportunities. Bluegill up to 9 inches can be found in Boss Lake, with good numbers of fish from 6-9 inches available.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

A total of 119 Largemouth Bass were sampled in 2019. The CPUE of 158 fish per hour was very similar to previous years. The population is dominated by fish in the 12-15 inch range, with a few fish over 15 inches available.

Location: Boss Lake is located just south of Sheffield or 3 miles west of Buda, within the Mautino State Fish and Wildlife Area.

Description: Boss Lake was created by strip-mining in the 1950s. he lake did not open to the public until 1994 because of lack of roads and restroom facilities. Boss Lake has 15.5 surface acres of water. The lake has an average depth of 34 feet deep and a max depth of 48 feet. A single lane concrete boat ramp with car/trailer parking is available.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The fishery is managed by species-specific surveys and fish stocking. Boss Lake receives an annual stocking of Channel Catfish, Smallmouth Bass and Redear Sunfish.

Additional Lake Information: All Fish: 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only
Large or Smallmouth Bass: 1 fish daily limit; 14" minimum length limit
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish: 10 fish daily limit; no minimum length limit
Channel Catfish: 6 fish daily limit; no minimum length limit
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye:tate Wide Regulations
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie: No daily limit; no minimum length limit

Contact Information:
Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park
16006-875 E St. Sheffield Il 61361
815-454-2328
IDNR Fisheries Biologist: David Wyffels
630-360-4185