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Lake Mendota

La Salle County, IL
La Salle County, IL
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Lake Mendota is a small 18 acre lake located on just off Illinois Route 251 in Mendota Illinois.
Lake Mendota is owned by the city of Mendota and the Fishery is managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Fishery Division. Lake Mendota has one boat ramp, but the lake has a no gas motor regulation. A handicapped fishing pier, picnic area, shelters and restrooms are available for use at the lake.
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fish Daily Creel Limit over 15 inches and 2 Fish
under 12 inches Daily creel Limit
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . Statewide Regulations
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Creel Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie . . . . . . . . Statewide Regulations
18 acres
LAKE SIZE
6 feet
AVG DEPTH
764 feet
ELEVATION
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
Yes, Electric motor Only
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Camping
Swimming
Boat Rentals
Picnicking
Skiing
FISH TO CATCH
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Lake Mendota.
FISHING OUTLOOK
BLUEGILL
Very Good VERY GOOD
The Bluegill population is low density in samples but the overall population continues to produce large bluegills in good conditions. The Largemouth and Black crappies are keeping numbers down, helping to produce larger individuals. The 2017 summer kill issues took out much of the 2017 Bluegill spawn, and the lack of Bluegill young of the year in 2018, supplemental Bluegills were stocked in 2018.
LARGEMOUTH BASS
Very Good VERY GOOD
Lake Mendota did have a history of a poor Largemouth population with poor to average growth. Regulation changes in 1992 to the current regulation have produced a quality Largemouth population. The 2018 sample shows a stable population with good numbers of fish at 15 inches. The summer kill in 2017 did not hurt the population and will continue to provide excellent fishing for 2019.
PLACES TO STAY
STAY 22: Lake Mendota
CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
Mendota Park District
815-539-7287
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, David Wyffels
630-360-4185
NOTICE: Lake-Link Inc assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions of the information for Lake Mendota. Although we strive to provide the most accurate information as we can the information contained in this page is provided on an "as is" basis with no guarantees of completeness, accuracy, usefulness or timeliness.
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