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HANOVER BLUFF


Lake Information

County: JoDavies

Acreage: 16

Average Depth: 8.20 feet

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? No

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Camping? No


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Improving

A total of 132 Bluegills were collected ranging from 40 – 216 mm (1.6 – 8.5 in), with 99 > 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 below their respective target ranges. 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, few larger Bluegill were collected (as indicated by low the RSD-7 value).

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Excellent

A total of 130 Largemouth Bass were collected ranging from 70 – 381 mm (2.8 – 15.0 in), with 109 of those fish > Stock size (200 mm [7.9 in]). This survey did meet the minimum required number of fish > Stock size (n = 30) to accurately quantify population demographics as set forth in the Lake Management Plan (LMP). Both the PSD and RSD-14 fell above their respective target ranges. Body condition (as indexed by relative weight) values are in the 90th percentile range. Overall, the Largemouth bass population looks to be in great shape and seems to be a healthy population.

Location: Hanover Bluff Lake is located in Jo Daviess County within the Hanover Bluff State Fish and Wildlife Area. Hanover Bluff State Fish and Wildlife Area is immediately north of the Apple River Bridge on Rt. 84 and West Blanding Road. Take this road 1.5 miles south of intersection of Blanding and Hanover Hills roads, turn left on Hanover Hill to parking area.

Description: Hanover Bluff Lake is a 15.5 surface acre impoundment with a maximum depth of 23 feet and an average depth of 8.2 feet.

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 . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)

Contact Information:
Hanover Bluff State Fish and Wildlife Area
815-745-3302
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Brennan Caputo
630-360-4181