Welcome Slobosoris.. good hunting/fishing!
Wonder Lake, McHenry County
PS slobosoris there are smallies FEW and far between caught a 12 inch one past fall and seen a pic of one caught ice fishing.. biggest i think i caught was about 2lbs... better of going for largemouth... smallies are a lucky catch. Maybe in all the years i been fishing 8 smallies..
Deepsprings i remember the drawdowns hell walked around the lake and made maps of stumpfields and gravel.. mud transition zones... and got a lot of lures off the stumps lol when r they gonna figure gotta fix the problem Pantera is right their turning it into a pleasure boating lake slowly but surely the silt will come back i give it a couple years? And back to square one.. we now fix our shoreline by standing in the water ??? That suks... i think the mpoa is in it for themselves... their hours suk and never reply to e-mails... tried and failed.. bureaucratic b.s i guess.. tell ur pa sorry i do see whats coming up to this lake and its not right.. tight lines hoping to meet u one day.. stay safe
crappie yup nippersink is the problem. anytime it rains silt comes in and has no place to go. this is why the drawdowns in the spring used to keep it out of the lake. as the snow melted and rains came it just went right down to the dam and out. you should remember the drawdowns? they dropped it a good 2-4 feet, now 80% of the lake be high and dry heh...
i was icefishing off the island by deepsrings rd, you can find the spots where they sucked the muck out it is now 6' while everything else is 4' and muck. it will take one year of boaters flying around to move that muck right back into those holes and your right back to 4' wondermuck lake.
the MPOA controls the sluice gates, you should call/email them and ask why they stopped the drawdowns. honestly the fishing was good when they did it you can go back and look at the pictures of how the whole lake bed was gravel back then (minus the swamp part to the south). the whole dredging thing is a sore topic with my dad, makes him want to use his 2'nd amendments rights on bull valley.
btw here is the email of the MOPA contact for lake drawndowns and such. firstname.lastname@example.org
Slobo.. pay attention deepsprings is right back in the day the booted u out now they damn near shoot u !! Arrest u for trespassing... cant park near it or walk to it now..liability issues dont know and Deepsrings the last i heard they stocked it with 500 walleye a couple years back?? It seems to me they have to FIX the problem of silt the dredging is a bandaid to the prob. Nippersink i think is the major prob if not THE prob.? Fishing stocking works a while... BUT without a environment for the fish to thrive in thinking money and time wasted.. and for the kids lively hood people please practice catch and release.. makes me absolutely sick people keep bass or gamefish when EVERYONE has cell phones now..for pictures.. eat panfish so easy to figure out..
crappie it is funny you mention the yellow bass, as that was the reason they did stock it with pike/muskies. then they all died off due to some mold, and that was it. this is also why you will never convince the club to stock muskies to knock down shad as they prob hoping the shads will make for fat bass.
there is bass in the lake, but honestly it isn't a bass lake, there is almost no structure on it, no real weedlines, and water clarity sucks. i was out that way icefishing in middle of january. did well on gils, perch, cats, and one lone crappie all went back into the hole.
i'll be back sometime this spring. you know what they are stocking it with now? i know they used to toss in around 20k walleye fry and tons of bass. now they don't even list what they doing on their website. i should also mention it has been a very very long time since the DNR came out and did a survey on the lake. that would probably be the best place to call and ask if they would come out and do a new one?
@Slobosoris it has always been illegal to fish below the dam or on the dam. the state owns the land and they call the shots. a word of advice, don't do it you will be arrested if caught.