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PARTLY CLOUDY
WINDS EAST @ 10MPH
HUMIDITY 49%
VISIBILITY 10MI
DEW POINT 32°

I & M Canal

Grundy County, IL
Grundy County, IL
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Originally running from Lake Michigan in Chicago to LaSalle and the Illinois River, this once vital transportation artery is now dry in many areas while other sections contain water on an intermittent basis. The Canal travels through many towns including Lockport, Joliet, Morris, Ottawa, Utica and LaSalle.
With construction commencing in 1836 and taking 12 years to complete, the Illinois and Michigan (I&M) Canal stretched 96 miles linking the Great Lakes to the Illinois River. The canal was the impetus for the settlement and development of much of northeast Illinois and is rich in history. The I &M Canal was originally hand-dug to depths of 6 to 8 feet and time has degraded much of the Canal and portions have little or no water flow. Those that do are marginal in terms of supporting viable fish populations. The best areas in terms of water supply are from Channahon through Morris, the Lock 14 section in LaSalle and to a lesser degree, the Utica section.
Two pole and line fishing only. Boat access is limited and only electric trolling motors can be used.
164 acres
LAKE SIZE
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
Electric only
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Camping
Swimming
Boat Rentals
Picnicking
Skiing
FISH TO CATCH
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Flathead Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in I & M Canal.
FISHING OUTLOOK
BLUEGILL
Fair FAIR
This population could be classified as fair at best, generally dominated by smaller individuals. Larger bluegills are more commonly caught by ice fishermen. Best areas include the Morris section and the Lock 14 pool.
CHANNEL CATFISH
Good GOOD
Best areas include the Channahon access as well as the Aux Sable Lock and the Morris area. Lock 14 pool is the best bet due to the annual stocking program. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily creel limit.
CRAPPIE
Average AVERAGE
Both species of crappie can be found in the Canal. Large crappies are not common, but fish in excess of ten inches have been collected during IDNR sampling. The Armstrong Street Access area along with the Lock 14 section provides the best opportunity for these species.
FLATHEAD CATFISH
Average AVERAGE
Flathead catfish are found at the Aux Sable lock area.
LARGEMOUTH BASS
Average AVERAGE
Although they can be found throughout the Canal, the best area at the present time for largemouth is the Lock 14 section in LaSalle. Bass up to 3 pounds are possible. Site Regulation: 15” minimum length limit.
SMALLMOUTH BASS
Average AVERAGE
Smallmouth bass are more commonly found in the area near the Channahon feeder and below the Aux Sable lock.
PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: I & M Canal
HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY
The I&M Canal supports a variety of fish species with better angling opportunities available near Channahon, the Aux Sable lock, Armstrong Street and Lock 14 in LaSalle. Nettle Creek aqueduct in 2013 caused dewatering of the Canal west of the aqueduct. This also impacted the feeder system for Gebhard Woods and those ponds are dewatered. No special mercury advisory or other contaminant-related consumption advisories pertain.

CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
Illinois and Michigan Canal State Trail
815-942-6529
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Seth Love
630-360-4772
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