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I & M Canal

Grundy County, Illinois
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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.
How big is I & M Canal?
I & M Canal is approximately 164 sq acres (1 sq km) in size.
What kind of fish are in I & M Canal?
Anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass in I & M Canal.

Other fish species in the lake include and Crappie.

When are the best fishing times for I & M Canal?
Today fishing looks to be extremely active with peak fishing times around 8-10 am and 3-4 pm and 8-9 pm. For more more best fishing times visit our I & M Canal Fishing Forecast page. Lake-Link Pro Members can get detailed fishing forecasts for up to 10 days in advance and species specific for I & M Canal.
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