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Lake Information

County: Lake

Acreage: 6

Average Depth: 8.5 feet

Shoreline Length: 0.6 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? No

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Fish Status



6 Black crappie were collected. Crappie are good at reproducing so without a lot of predation they can easily stunt in a small lake. Our largest crappie was 8.0”. Crappie become mature at about 7” to 7.5” and this is where their population usually becomes stunted.



In 2021, 68 Bluegill were collected during the survey. They ranged up to 6.3” long; 6% were > 6”, 0% were longer than 7” long. Smaller bluegill are expected when ponds have an abundance of vegetation and smaller size bass. In order to grow larger size bluegills, more and larger predators would need to be present.



In 2021, 26 bass were collected in 20 minutes of DC electrofishing. Fish ranged up to 16.2” long and weighed up to 2.0 lbs. 44% of the bass exceeded 12”, 11% were > 13” and only 1 fish exceeded 15” long. This size structure suggests reproduction is occurring but harvest can be heavy which limits size structure of the fishery.Site Regulation: 15” minimum length limit; 1 fish daily limit.

Location: Taylor Lake is located in south of Route 176 and west of Fairfield Road, in Lakewood Forest Preserve, near Wauconda, Illinois in Lake County.

Description: Taylor Lake is a manmade dug, wetland lake. It is near the top of the watershed and drains into Banana Lake just to the north. Taylor Lake is 6.0 acres with a shoreline length of 0.56 miles, a watershed of 42.2 acres (5 to 1), a maximum depth 17 feet, and an average depth of 8.5 feet. Shorefishing is allowed, but boats are not. The lake has picnic facilities, tables, an abundance of limestone paths and plenty of parking. There are no concessions available on site.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Fish surveys are occasionally conducted by IDNR staff to evaluate the fishery. Most of the fish in this lake are maintained by natural reproduction, very little stocking occurs in Taylor Lake. Aquatic vegetation treatments rarely occur so by mid-summer vegetation can make fishing this lake difficult.

Additional Lake Information: No boats are allowed. All fish species: two pole and line fishing only.

Site Regualtions:

Largemouth bass: 15” minimum length limit; 1 fish daily limit
Channel catfish: 3 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
Lake County Forest Preserve District:
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Andy Plauck
815-675-2386 ext. 214