Fish Stocking

Stocking fish in lakes and ponds can be beneficial to the ecology of the pond as well as increase recreational opportunities. The ponds and lakes at the CCFPD are carefully monitored each year to determine the present number of fish as well as the size classes of each species. Fisheries biologists then determine an appropriate number of fish to stock.

All this is done through a cooperative lake management agreement with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Surveying and stocking fish has been done for several years, and fishing stocking records for your favorite fishing spots are listed below:

Middle Fork River Forest Preserve
Emerald Pond
Date Species Number Size
09/24/1994 Channel Catfish 100 7-12 in.
09/21/1995 Channel Catfish 100 4-8 in.
04/17/1996 Channel Catfish 100 4-8 in.
04/17/1996 Grass Carp 10 4-8 in.
08/29/1996 Channel Catfish 100 6-8 in.
09/17/1997 Channel Catfish 33 6-8 in.
08/26/1998 Channel Catfish 30 6 in.
10/05/1999 Channel Catfish 25 8-10 in.
10/24/2000 Catfish 14 8-10 in.
08/24/2001 Channel Catfish 14 8-10 in.
09/12/2001 Channel Catfish 25 8 in.
04/10/2002 Channel Catfish 50 8-10 in.
09/03/2002 Catfish 25 8-10 in.
09/14/2007 Bluegill 150 1 in.
Cypress Pond
Date Species Number Size
04/17/1996 Grass Carp 4 4-8 in.
09/17/1997 Channel Catfish 33 6-8 in.
08/26/1998 Channel Catfish 30 6 in.
10/05/1999 Channel Catfish 25 8-10 in.
10/24/2000 Catfish 14 8-10 in.
08/24/2001 Channel Catfish 14 8-10 in.
09/12/2001 Channel Catfish 25 8 in.
04/10/2002 Channel Catfish 50 8-10 in.
09/03/2002 Catfish 25 8-10 in.
09/14/2007 Bluegill 50 1 in.
09/14/2007 Hybrid Sunfish 125 1 in.
Willow Pond
Date Species Number Size
09/29/1994 Channel Catfish 200 7-12 in.
09/21/1995 Channel Catfish 200 4-8 in.
04/17/1996 Channel Catfish 200 4-8 in.
04/17/1996 Grass Carp 4 4-8 in.
08/29/1996 Channel Catfish 200 6-8 in.
09/17/1997 Channel Catfish 117 6-8 in.
08/26/1998 Channel Catfish 154 6 in.
10/05/1999 Channel Catfish 170 8-10 in.
10/24/2000 Catfish 101 8-10 in.
08/24/2001 Channel Catfish 101 8-10 in.
09/12/2001 Channel Catfish 148 8 in.
04/10/2002 Channel Catfish 150 8-10 in.
09/03/2002 Catfish 110 8-10 in.
08/17/2004 Channel Catfish 89 8 in.
09/14/2007 Bluegill 50 1 in.
09/14/2007 Hybrid Sunfish 125 1 in.
09/14/2007 Channel Catfish 50 4-6 in.
Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve
Lake of the Woods Main Lake
Date Species Number Size
04/01/1996 Rainbow Trout 2,500 10 in.
04/01/1996 Rainbow Trout 2,400
08/22/1996 Channel Catfish 1,250 8 in.
09/11/1996 Tiger Muskie 76 10 in.
04/03/1997 Rainbow Trout 2,500 12 in.
04/03/1997 Rainbow Trout (lbs) 1,200
08/19/1997 Tiger Muskie 76 10 in.
09/09/1997 Channel Catfish 644 8 in.
03/26/1998 Rainbow Trout 2,250 10 in.
08/26/1998 Channel Catfish 846 8 in.
03/22/1999 Rainbow Trout 2,500 10 in.
09/20/1999 Channel Catfish 540 10 in.
03/23/2000 Rainbow Trout 2,062 10 in.
07/18/2000 Muskie 250 7.4 in.
09/08/2000 Channel Catfish 557 8 in.
03/23/2001 Rainbow Trout
8/15/2001 Channel Catfish 812 8 in.
10/18/2001 Muskie 25 11.4 in.
00/00/2002 Rainbow Trout 2,500 10 in.
00/00/2002 Largemouth Bass 625 4 in.
00/00/2002 Channel Catfish 906 8 in.
00/00/2002 Muskie 26 10 in.
03/00/2003 Rainbow Trout 1,550 10 in.
04/00/2004 Rainbow Trout 2,100 10 in.
04/00/2005 Rainbow Trout 2,000 10 in.
04/00/2006 Rainbow Trout 2,300 10 in.
04/00/2007 Rainbow Trout 2,500 10 in.
04/00/2008 Rainbow Trout 10 in.
Elks Lake
05/01/2002 Channel Catfish 82 8 in.
Homer Lake Forest Preserve
Homer Lake
Date Species Number Size
05/31/2000 Largemouth Bass 400 8 in.
07/17/2000 Northern Pike 240 8.2 in.
07/19/2000 Largemouth Bass 4,000 2.5 in.
08/10/2000 Largemouth Bass 2,000 4 in.
09/06/2000 Largemouth Bass 1,750 8 in.
09/07/2000 Largemouth Bass 800 6.1 in.
10/12/2000 Largemouth Bass 400 8 in.
10/31/2000 Channel Catfish 350 8 in.
07/13/2001 Northern Pike 240 8 in.
08/15/2001 Largemouth Bass 625 4 in.
09/12/2001 Channel Catfish 2,800 8 in.
00/00/2002 Largemouth Bass 4,000 2 in.
00/00/2002 Largemouth Bass 2,000 4 in.
00/00/2002 Northern Pike 240 8 in.
00/00/2002 Channel Catfish 2,846 8 in.
00/00/2002 Largemouth Bass 800 6 in.
River Bend Forest Preserve
Sunset Lake
Date Species Number Size
00/00/2002 Channel Catfish 4,411 8 in.
00/00/2002 Largemouth Bass 3,750 1 in.
05/30/2002 Northern Pike 65 8 in.
00/00/2002 Largemouth Bass 3,750 4 in.
00/00/2002 Bluegill 34,375 1 in.
10/17/2002 Channel Catfish 3,120 3 in.
00/00/2002 Redear Sunfish 15,625 1 in.
10/05/2007 Redear Sunfish 20,000 1 in.
Shadow Lake
04/15/2004 Black Crappie 8 8-10 in.