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BAUMANN PARK LAKE


Lake Information

County: Winnebago

Acreage: 26

Average Depth: 12.99 feet

Shoreline Length: 1.3 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? No

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No

  Trout stocked in spring


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2021

Channel Catfish

Non-vulnerable 8 - 10"

518


Additional information for stocking on BAUMANN PARK LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Good

A total of 131 Bluegills were collected ranging from 40 – 216 mm (1.6 – 8.5 in), with 88 > Stock size (80 mm [3.1 in]). This survey met the minimum required number of fish > Stock size (n = 50) to quantify population demographics as set forth in the Lake Management Plan (LMP). Both the PSD and RSD-7 fell within their respective target ranges, albeit RSD-7 fell on the lower end. Body condition (as indexed by relative weight) exceeded the 90th percentile for Quality, Preferred and Memorable sized fish. A high body condition indicates sufficient forage for fish growth. Despite Bluegill densities being high, and good Bluegill body condition, very few larger Bluegill were collected (as indicated by low the RSD-7 value). It’s possible that larger fish are present but were difficult to collect due to vegetation coverage, water clarity and water depth.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

A total of 53 Largemouth Bass were collected ranging from 70 – 381 mm (2.8 – 15.0 in), with 27 of those fish > Stock size (200 mm [7.9 in]). This survey met the minimum required number of fish > Stock size (n = 20) to accurately quantify population demographics as set forth in the Lake Management Plan (LMP). Both the PSD and RSD-14 fell within their respective target ranges, albeit on the lower end for RSD-14. A lower RSD-14 value could indicate a growth bottleneck due to an overabundance of Stock and Quality-sized Largemouth Bass which limits forage availability and/or overabundant vegetation making foraging difficult. Body condition seems to corroborate this, with relative weight values below the 90th percentile.

Location: The lake is a featured item in Cherry Valley village park that provides a wide variety of recreational activities. The main purpose of the lake is to provide recreational bank fishing for the casual angler who lives in close proximity to the lake. The lake may contain trophy bass and large catfish at times, but the mainstay of the fishery will be Rainbow Trout, Bluegill, Channel catfish and smaller Largemouth bass for the more occasional and less experienced angler.

Description: The 26-acre lake has a maximum depth of 22 feet and an average depth of 13 feet. The shoreline is 6,800 feet (1.29 miles) with a SDI of 1.80. The bank slope is generally steep except for the east shore which is a sand flat. The lake is fed primarily by ground water, but in periods of extreme floods the Kishwaukee River bordering the west end of the park can discharge into the lake. The extremely clear water enables weed growth to reach 22 feet and is composed of Chara, Milfoil, Elodea, Coontail, Buttercup, and American, Leafy, Small, Sago and Curlyleaf pondweed.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Baumann Lake is a groundwater fed gravel pit that is located in a village park in Cherry Valley. Gravel operations began in early 1980’s and when completed the pit became impounded and was deeded to the village. The first survey was undertaken in June 1990, and the lake was first open to public fishing in 1991. Initial fish stocking was undertaken by private individuals followed by state stockings beginning in 1993. The village applied for a Clean Lakes Grant and received it in 1996. As part of the program, contaminant samples were taken on Largemouth bass and found to be below action levels for all tests. The lake has a boat ramp for special use, but the lake is only open to bank fishing. The entire shoreline is accessible to fishermen.

Additional Lake Information: SPORT FISH REGULATIONS IN EFFECT:

All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fish Daily Creel Limit (14˝ Minimum Length Limit)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . No Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)

Contact Information:
Village of Cherry Valley
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Brennan Caputo
630-360-4181