I went to fish there at the end of last year. Talked to the cop at the launch and he explained the sticker. He said that since it was close to the end of the year "the best I can do for you is charge you 200.00 for the sticker". I have a 250 on my boat. If I bought it in the Spring it would have been even more?
The launch cost $25 and you need to buy a usage sticker from the village. Have to pay for the whole year, they no longer sell day passes. The cost is based on the HP of your boat, which is unfair since they have a speed limit on the lake. Basically, they figure if you can afford a higher HP motor, you can afford to pay more for the usage sticker. Not a huge baitfish population on Bangs and many of the fish, particularly bass, are real skinny. Caught some crappie last fall that spit up what I believe to be crappie, in the livewell. You cannot have a sustainable fishery if the fish are cannibalistic.
Plenty of other lakes to fish nearby. Launch fee,ice shelter fee,and harassment from police. Seems they don't want fishermen on their lake. I will never go there again.Hit them where it hurts-don't pay crazy fees- Let the pleasure boaters have it all to their self.
lipripper4x5- Bangs Lake has special regulations set by the Village of Wauconda. The Police Officer was correct. Read this. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiwptqT59HVAhUl1oMKHfTBB40QFggxMAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwauconda-il.gov%2FDocumentCenter%2FView%2F656&usg=AFQjCNE7hvFtHBTN9i1DKq3QGPyOPWAO8A