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FOXCROFT LAKE


Lake Information

County: KANE

Average Depth: 2.79 feet

Shoreline Length: 0.5 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No


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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Excellent

Bluegill catch rates were high at over 200 fish per hour. We like to see catch bluegill catch rates around 120 fish per hour. No bluegill over six inches were sampled and the average bluegill measured 4.9 inches.

CARP

Excellent

Common carp have been very abundant in this lake during previous surveys and unlimited harvest is encouraged for this detrimental species.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Improving

Channel catfish were not sampled in 2018 but are stocked regularly in Foxcroft Lake Three large channel catfish were captured in this survey. Fishing for channel catfish should be better in the future as 1,700 four and a half inch channel catfish were stocked in 2012 and 2014.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

Largemouth Bass – Catch rates for largemouth bass were down from the 2014 survey, but were right at the management target for area lakes and ponds. Size structure was better in the most recent survey, with 35% of the stock measuring more than 12 inches. The bass ranged in length from 5.0 to 16.8 inches with the average bass measuring 11.2 inches. Bass over 18 inches have been sampled in previous surveys of this Lake. Abundant forage species (gizzard shad, bluegill and golden shiner) keep the bass in this lake fat and healthy.

Location: Foxcroft Lake is located on the west side of Aurora. From Orchard Road, head east on Sullivan Road, turn south (right) on Foxcroft Drive and then west (right) on Birch Lane. Birch Lane dead ends into a small parking area for the adjacent Foxcroft Park.

Description: Foxcroft Lake is an 8.1 acre dug retention pond with a maximum depth of 4.6 feet. The lake is owned and maintained by the Fox Valley Park District (FVPD) as a community park in a residential setting. Flow through from adjacent storm sewers help keep this shallow lake from serious winter kill. The shoreline is mowed in several areas to allow access for shore fishing.

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. Site-specific regulations apply (six fish daily creel on channel catfish and a three fish, 15-inch minimum limit on largemouth bass). An electrofishing survey took place in May 2014. A newly started channel catfish program (1,700 four inch catfish every other year) should offer great fishing for this species in the future. Abundant largemouth bass and bluegill should offer anglers plenty of action in this suburban park. Excellent access makes Foxcroft Lake a family friendly fishing location. Golden shiner, gizzard shad, yellow bullhead and bluntnose minnow also occur in Foxcroft Lake.

Additional Lake Information: A playground and basketball courts are located at the adjacent park.

Contact Information:
Fox Valley Park District
630-897-0516
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Andy Plauck
815-675-2386 ext. 214