Guys, I can give you a little more background on Lake Ellyn. I am a retired teacher and had a fishing program at my school and took groups of kids fishing there every week between April and November. In 2005 the lake was drained and restocked with largemouth bass, channel cats, flathead catfish, hybrid bluegills and grass carp. By 2009 it had become an excellent bass lake. Unfortunately during the severe winters of 2014 and 2015 there was severe winter kill and most of the larger fish seemed to perish. It was drained again fairly recently to repair the dam and change the flow into the lake during winter. Some stocking of bass, crappie and catfish took place at that time. It has always had a massive population of small bluegill, green sunfish and hybrid bluegill, which made it great for kids, though every now and then one of my students would catch a 9-10 inch bluegill or sunfish. The history of the lake is also very interesting and can be found on signs recently posted by the park district around the park. Good luck fishing, but please release any large fish to help the lake rebound.
Ole_Lion I live in the area and havent yet fished this lake. Seems like you are the only one posting. I am sure others check out your posts. I plan on fishing it soon as I am recently retired. Please keep up the posts and the great work you have done posting useful information. I would hope to see some pike in there someday but not if they are there because somebody put goldfish there. Have a great summer and catch a lot of fish. Please keep us all posted.
I did fish a bit in the rain, a few more crappie, a green sunfish, and it appears bluegill (small) have started moving closer to shore based on the amount of pecking nibbles I got.
In case there are any environmental science people out there, I found this report from research done in 1980-1981 on Lake Ellyn regarding the watershed and water quality:
I took a college course (a good while back) that looked at lake sediment core samples and area land use with GIS mapping to make predictive models of nutrient/phosphorus loading to a body of water, so I always find things like this interesting.
At the time of the research, electrofishing found bluegill, green sunfish, largemouth bass, goldfish, and carp. Online, I can find reference to other species of fish in the 90's (flathead catfish, pike - apparently introduced to eat the goldfish, but no official information).
In April 2016, the lake was drained for a project to fix the inlet/outlets to prevent flooding in the area.
I can't find any stocking information from the previous 5 years. So I'd assume the park district stocked the standard bluegill/bass/channel cats that one finds in this area. I wonder if crappie was an intentional stocking or not.
I haven't seen evidence of carp in my few trips, although I wonder how the outlet is constructed and if it is possible for fish to make the trip from the East Branch (I assume connected to there underground) back into the lake.
Catch and Release only.
No ice fishing.
Managed by the park district.
Good old twiching,twitching, a spring go to.. Awesome, didn't think crappie would be in that puddle, try a loop knot instead of the snap.
56° - 60° F
I usually don't fish open water this early in the year. Started out in the little bay area at the southwest corner of the lake. On my second cast I lost a large bass (small crankbait, thought I snagged, there was no "hit," the lure just stopped).
Worked the shore for a bit towards the boat house. No other fish, but had some bluegill following my lure and saw a few others swimming around.
Looks like a nice place worth another look as it gets warmer.
76° - 80° F
Fishing from the clubhouse deck on June 7 at 12:30 using shrimp pieces with a bobber and a still fishing pole. Caught and released 60 bluegill in 90 minutes of fishing. Largest was 7 inches long, most around 5 inches.