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Lake Information

County: DUPAGE

Acreage: 12

Average Depth: 4.2 feet

Recreational Amenities

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Map courtesy of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Fish Status



Six black crappie were captured in the survey. They measured between four and seven inches. This lake is not stocked with or managed for crappie at this time. Due the connectivity of the system, black crappies could move into the system during high water and abundance can vary greatly in a span of a few years. Black crappies have not been over abundant in any of the last three surveys


Very Good

Bluegill catch rate was extremely high - over five times higher than the desired goal. When bluegill numbers get too high the population can become stunted with small fish. The bluegill in the sample ranged from 1.6 to 6.1 inches with an average length of 4.4 inches. Only six percent of the catch measured longer than six inches.



Five common carp were captured. They ranged in size from 10 to 24 inches, averaging 16 inches. Common carp dislodge vegetation and cloud the water with their feeding behavior of “rooting” through the substrate. Unlimited harvest is encouraged for this detrimental species.



Channel catfish were not captured in this survey. Channel catfish were stocked in 2012 and 2014, which means there should be harvestable size catfish available in this lake. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily creel limit.


Very Good

Catch rate for largemouth bass was higher than the desired goal. While this high catch rate may suggest the bass population is overcrowded, size structure doesn’t show any signs of overcrowding (stunted fish). This catch rate is higher than in previous years, indicating good reproduction and survival of bass in this lake (previous surveys in 2006 and 2012). The largemouth bass ranged in length from 5.5 to 16.5 inches with the largest fish weighing 2.6 pounds. The average length in the sample was 11.2 inches. Only nine percent of the catch was longer than fifteen inches. This lake likely lost some adult bass during the harsh winter of 2013-14, when several area lakes and ponds experienced winter kill. Site Regulation: Largemouth and smallmouth bass: 15 inch minimum length limit, 3 fish daily limit.

Location: South Spring Lake is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of McCoy Drive and South Frontenac Street, 1.1 miles west of Route 59 in Aurora.

Description: South Spring Lake is the second of three “in-stream detention” lakes created on Waubonsee Creek for the purpose of flood control and recreation. South Spring Lake has a surface area of 11.8 acres, a maximum depth of 7.5 feet and an average depth of 4.2 feet. South Spring Lake avoids winter and summer oxygen depletion because of its small size and continual inflow of water from the creek. The lake is located immediately downstream and across the street (McCoy Drive) from Spring Lake. The lake is owned and maintained by the Fox Valley Park District (FVPD) as a community park in a residential setting. Parking is available across McCoy Drive at Spring Lake Park or the lake can be accessed from the Waubonsee Creek Trail (FVPD).

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The FVPD has entered into a cooperative management agreement with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to facilitate fisheries management activities.

There is plenty of fishing action for the angler who is willing to do a little walking to find un-fished water. This lake has never produced trophy fish in our surveys, but certainly has the potential due to the connectivity of the three lakes in the system. Multiple forage species are also present in the lake: golden shiner, gizzard shad, bluntnose minnow, redear sunfish, quillback carpsucker, white sucker, black and yellow bullhead and fathead minnows.

Additional Lake Information: 2 pole and line fishing only.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth and smallmouth bass: 15 inch minimum length limit, 3 fish daily limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily creel limit

Contact Information:
Fox Valley Park District
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Andy Plauck
815-675-2386 ext. 214