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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

Camping? Yes


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2018

Bluegill

Fingerling 1 - 3"

21858

2018

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

1832

2018

Redear Sunfish

Fingerling 1 - 3"

18116

2018

Smallmouth Bass

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

788

2018

Smallmouth Bass

Fingerling 1 - 3"

1020

2019

Bluegill

Fingerling 1 - 3"

10945

2019

Channel Catfish

Non-vulnerable 8 - 10"

1835

2019

Redear Sunfish

Fingerling 1 - 3"

36737

2019

Smallmouth Bass

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

680

2019

Smallmouth Bass

Fingerling 1 - 3"

763


Additional information for stocking on BOSS LAKE


Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Excellent

The overall CPUE of 132 Bluegill per hour is very similar to historical records. Overall Boss Lake supports and 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 1950's. The 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 Creel Limit (14˝ Minimum Length Limit)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye . . . . . State Wide Regulations
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie . . . . . . . . No Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)

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


Multiple day tournaments are listed with *end date and

Interested in participating in one of these public tournaments? Contact us with tournament ID for more information.

2019-2020 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
September-1916679PendingMain Ramp boat
hook
25Multiple SpeciesYes