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Lake of the Woods

Champaign County, IL
Champaign County, IL
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Lake of the Woods Lake is located 1 mile northeast of Mahomet.
Description: Lake of the Woods is operated by the Champaign County Forest Preserve. The lake was constructed in 1945. Lake of the Woods has a maximum depth of 28 feet with an average depth of 11.2 feet. The lake has a shoreline length of 1.8 miles and a watershed of 600 acres. The long-term goal for Lake of the Woods is to provide quality panfish and catfish fisheries, and provide a quality trout season in the spring. Common species in the lake include largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, redear sunfish, crappie, bullheads, and muskie. There are plenty of places to fish around Lake of the Woods. Also on the property is a smaller lake called Elks Pond. This small pond can be fished for panfish and catfish.
26 acres
LAKE SIZE
28 feet
MAX DEPTH
9 feet
AVG DEPTH
1.4 miles
SHORELINE
709 feet
ELEVATION
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
Electric only
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Camping
Swimming
Boat Rentals
Picnicking
Skiing
FISH TO CATCH
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Muskie
Tiger Muskie
White Crappie
Yellow Bullhead
Carp
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Lake of the Woods.
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FISHING OUTLOOK
BLUEGILL
Very Good VERY GOOD
The most recent fish survey resulted in a large increase in bluegill over 6 inches. The catch rate of bluegill over 6 inches was more than twice the 5-survey average.
CHANNEL CATFISH
Good GOOD
The State Hatchery System stocks channel catfish in Lake of the Woods each year. The stocking program has created a good catfish fishery. Anglers have a good chance to harvest catfish in the 1 pound range.
CRAPPIE
Good GOOD
The crappie fishery can experience large swings in numbers and appears to be on the high end now. The majority of crappie collected are black crappie and are less than 10 inches.
LARGEMOUTH BASS
Good GOOD
Based on the most recent fish survey, the bass population at Lake of the Woods has a good distribution of bass sizes. Of the bass collected over 8 inches, 36% are longer than 12 inches and 25% are longer than 15 inches. In 2019, the catch rate of bass over 15 inches was the highest ever recorded. The largest bass collected weighed 4.8 pounds.
SAUGEYE (Walleye/Sauger Hybrid)
Good GOOD
The State Hatchery System started stocking saugeye in 2016. The numbers are relatively low, but should provide a good angling opportunity.
WALLEYE
Good GOOD
The Champaign County Forest Preserve stocked walleye in 2018. The numbers are relatively low, but should provide a good angling opportunity.
PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: Lake of the Woods
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