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Lake Information

County: LaSalle

Acreage: 53

Average Depth: 2.99 feet

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Yes, no gas motors

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Fish Status



The 2023 sample showed a Bluegill population that is rebounding from numbers in the 2018 sample. Common Carp and Black Crappie competition will be the issues for this population going forward. Removal efforts of Common carp will continue in the future. Aquatic Vegetation will need to return to some of this lake to provide additional food resources for Bluegill.



Black crappie are present in Lake Kakusha in high densities. The current population is in ok condition, but will need to be monitored. Most of the fish in the sample were 7-8 inches long. Black Crappie was stocked by an angler sometime in 1999.



Lake Kukusha has a history of an up and down Largemouth Bass populations. The current population is representative of a population that has issues with recruitment. The current population has many fish over 15 inches and a few over 20 inches in good condition.

Location: Lake Kakusha is a 53 acre lake located on just off Illinois Route 251 in Mendota Illinois.

Description: Lake Kakusha is owned by the city of Mendota and the fishery is managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Fishery Division. Lake Kakusha has one boat ramp, but the lake has a no gas motor regulation.

Additional Lake Information: All Fish: 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only
Large or Smallmouth Bass: 3 fish daily limit over 14 inches
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish: Statewide regulations
Channel Catfish: 6 fish daily limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie: 25 fish daily limit; no minimum length limit

Contact Information:
Mendota Park District
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, David Wyffels