Thanks guys!!! I've got some work to do on my kayak before I head back fishing in it, but I'll be sure to post a report if I go here from either shore or boat.
Whalon Lake, Bolingbrook
Right you are Basspro. Whalon used to be a spectacular. When Will county changed it to catch and keep, the meat hunters turned out in force...pathetic! Whalon would've been a trophy fishery. 40 fish days were common now if you're lucky you score 3 to 5.
As always stay safe and "Keep Your Lines Wet",
The map is very accurate but it does not represent how deep it really is in the south center part of the lake. I used to frequent the lake often a few years ago when I had my boat and past over 88-90 feet myself. The map does cut it off at 25' in that section, and doesn't detail the really deep hole, but the rest of the map is accurate...
Lake got really tough after a couple years and I haven't been back since but there are a lot of quality fish in there for sure...
I was out there today after 5pm. wind really kicked up later in the day. One kayaker coming off the lake as I was launching. Water today was murky for sure. I started throwing a bone/hot orange crank up in the rocks in the SE corner and couldn't see any orange til it was almost completely back to the boat. Ive seen the lake much clearer than that tho. And yes that depth report is correct. Ive marked 103 ft in that area. Water temp was 46 degrees . tryin for those walleyes. no luck.
I just found out about this lake and have a few questions. How is the water clarity? I'm in a kayak with trolling motor and limited storage so I kind of want to know what lures/gear to bring. Also, the map they have on the I Fish Illinois webpage shows it only getting to 25' deep, but someone on here posted about an 80' hole. Is this map accurate or incomplete? Any other things you think I should know before I head here? Not a terribly long drive for me but I'd like to be prepared.
The other summer option is drifting live crawlers on overcast days along eastern side in 15-18 ft of water for walleyes. Forget it on sunny days as too much light penetration. Also - find weed edge near drop offs and dropshot or wacky rig weedless right along edge of weeds / dropoff. Hope this helps.
Mannoverboard - this is a very tough lake to fish in the summer. There are schools of shad that grow bigger and denser and summer progresses. Bass have so much real baitfish to eat its hard to get them to bite artificials. Best to fish early spring or late fall . If you have to fish summer - use white/shad cranks and troll. Also if you get lucky and the bass herd a school of shad to surface they will destroy a crank pitched through the commotion.