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FISHING GUIDELINES

  • Catch & Release "ONLY"
  • Illinois Fishing License Required (Available in the Marina Building)
  • No "Live" Bait Allowed, defined as aquatic bait/minnows (Night crawlers available in Marina Building)
  • Contrary to Illinois State Law, we do not allow taking of smaller fish (or any lake creature) and using them as bait for larger fish. Everything is catch & release

Three Oaks Topographic Maps


FISH POPULATIONS

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources performs an annual study to determine fish species and conditions of populations.

  • Muskellunge, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Bass, Rock Bass, Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Walleye, and Pan Fish including Bluegill and Yellow Perch.

SHORELINE FISHING AVAILABLE DURING PARK HOURS

 South Lake

The larger 330 acre lake is popular all day long. Shoreline fishing is designated by signs so you can easily see where the trail ends.

East Trail

The trail starts at the southern end of the concrete sidewalk which extends from of the Lakehouse to the Marina Building. It meanders along the East shoreline for .50 miles, where you will find two rock platforms and shoreline. (Great for early morning bass along the rocky outcrops)

West Trail 

The trail starts at the northern end of the concrete sidewalk in front of the Lakehouse Building. It meanders along the north shoreline for .75 miles, where you will find two fishing piers, two rock platforms and shoreline.

GENERAL RULES FOR SHORELINE FISHING

  • Dispose of any litter or trash in our garbage bins
  • Share tips and ideas with your shoreline friends
  • No alcohol or open fires along the trails
  • Please bring refreshments, food and a lawn chair to spend the day
  • Have fun and take pictures to share with us

FISHING BOATS AVAILABLE AT BOAT RENTAL MARINA (April - October)

12' Mirrocraft Fishing Boats

  • 12' Mirrocraft Aluminum Boats
    • Limited to 2 adults and 1 small child / 450 lbs. maximum
    • Rental allowed for 16-17 year old (without motor) with the signature of parent/guardian who remain onsite

14' Mirrocraft Fishing Boats

  • 14' Mirrocraft Aluminum Boats
    • Limited to 3 adults and 1 small child / 685 lbs. maximum
    • Rental allowed for 16-17 year old (without motor) with the signature of parent/guardian who remain onsite


ADDITIONAL SERVICES AVAILABLE AT THE BOAT RENTAL MARINA (April - October)

Fishing Licenses – State of Illinois (Must provide a photo identification – i.e. driver’s license)

Night-crawlers $4/dozen

Miscellaneous fishing tackle products for sale