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Lake Information

County: DuPage

Acreage: 9

Average Depth: 12.01 feet

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? No

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No

  Trout stocked in fall

  Trout stocked in spring

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Fish Status



Bluegill ranged in length from 2.0 to 5.5 inches, with an average size of 4.4 inches. Black Crappie, Green Sunfish, Pumpkinseed and Redear Sunfish contribute to the panfish population in Grove Lake. Catch rates for these species has been variable over time. Since this lake is highly pressured and very accessible, during the trout seasons, it is thought that a lot of large panfish go home with the trout fishermen. Site Regulations: No minimum length limit; 25 fish daily creel limit.



In our 2020 electrofishing survey, the largemouth bass catch-rate was 150 fish per hour with no signs of stunting were present. The average length was 11.7 inches. Thirty-five percent of the bass exceeded 15 inches. Multiple size classes are present indicating natural reproduction. Largemouth Bass have not been stocked since 2013. Site Regulations: 14-18-inch protected slot limit; 4 fish daily creel limit with 3 fish that can be harvested under 14 inches and 1 fish 18 inches and larger.

Location: Grove Lake is located in the Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve. Parking is available off Wood Dale Road 2 miles north of Lake Street (Route 20) in Wood Dale.

Description: Grove Lake is a 9 acre gravel/clay pit with a maximum depth of 30 feet and an average depth of 12 feet. Grove Lake is one of 30 lakes and ponds owned and maintained for sport fishing by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County (FPDDC). There is good shoreline fishing access available via a gravel trail circling the lake. Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve offers ample parking, picnic shelters, pump water faucets and pit toilet restroom facilities.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: These waters have been under management by the FPDDC Fishery Ecologist to provide quality sport fishing opportunities. In 1984, the FPDDC entered into a cooperative management agreement with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to facilitate management activities. Largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish are occasionally stocked to supplement the population. The FPDDC stocks 300-500 catchable size rainbow trout in March and October. Site specific regulations apply (see reverse side). *New sportfishing regulations for all DuPage County Forest Preserve lakes and ponds go into effect April 1st, 2017 – most notable being a 14-18 inch protected slot length for largemouth bass. Anglers will be allowed to harvest three bass under 14 inches and one trophy (over 18 inches), if desired. This regulation is designed to increase numbers of preferred size bass as well as increase the size of bluegill (more large bass to feed on small bluegill).
Largemouth bass numbers looked better in 2020 than they have in the last four surveys! The most recent survey showed an abundant bass population with large proportion of fish over 15 inches. Bluegill abundance is right on target, but no fish over six inches were present in the sample. Grove Lake does receive an added influx of fishing pressure during the opening weekends of spring and fall trout fishing.

Additional Lake Information: Site Regulations
All Species - Two pole and line fishing only.
Largemouth Bass: 14-18-inch protected slot limit; 4 fish daily creel limit with 3 fish that can be harvested under 14 inches and 1 fish 18 inches and larger.
Bluegill: No minimum length limit; 25 fish daily creel limit
Channel Catfish: 12-inch minimum length limit; 3 fish daily creel limit.
White and Black Crappie: No minimum length limit; 15 fish daily creel limit.
Northern Pike: 24-inch minimum length limit; 3 fish daily creel limit (statewide regulation).

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