Those days of great fishing on Mallard are gone. Too many poaching which I witness. After that never fished the lake again and that was about 8 years ago. Same thing with Deep Quarry. Bass Lake still holds its name.
Mallard lake, Du Page County
MOON PHASE (91%)
I bought a boat specifically to fish Mallard. About 10 years ago I always had fun catching bass and northern. 5 LB bass and 33 inch northern are my records for this lake. About 5 or 6 years ago, I used up 3 dozen minnows catching 14 inch walleyes, on 3 separate occasions. About 3 years ago my fishing success at Mallard went downhill. My buddies have caught a few musky in the past 3 years though. 50+ inches. I have only personally seen two muskies while fishing here, but they have sent me their photos.
That being said, I used to fish it almost every weekend, sometimes Saturday and Sunday. But over the last three years or so, fishing has been hit or miss. I fished it twice last year, and have not even fished it this year because of how bad it had been before.
Usually at this time of year, the lake is covered with weeds, but there is still a lot of open water to fish. If you go, I used to have success from the time it opens until about 10:30 a.m. My experience is that the fish just shut down at that time. My buddies that have caught the muskies have always gone out around 5pm to close.
Hope this is useful to you.
Nope they are defiently not in there anywhere!! I would.stick with harrier or deep quary. I GUARANTEE you will catch bigger fish at either one. for deep quary fish the east side bout middle of the lake maby 50-60 ft from shore. there is a nice drop off with trees in the deeper part.
MOON PHASE (96%)
41° - 45° F
Below 40° F
Very windy and wet out there. Lots of water on the ice. Fished for about 3 hours caught maybe 10 fish biggest being 6 in most about 3 in. Only caught dinks this year have yet to catch a nice fish here. I know there here somewhere. Fished 12-14 fow.
MOON PHASE (90%)
6° - 10° F
went out for about 1.5hrs yesterday about 7" everywhere i drilled. marking fish but bite was light. got 2 perch and one gill all tiny. another group was out and looked to have been there awhile, heard them complain of getting skunked again. another group had shanty and tip-ups didn't see them catching either. 8' to 18' FOW fished.
I agree. This lake used to be real good 10-15 years ago. It has declined severely. I won't even ice fish this anymore. The muskies have definitely played a factor but the lack of policing and poaching that has gone on here has hurt this lake big time.