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Sterling Lake

Lake County - Illinois
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Sterling Lake is located east of I-294 north of Rt 173 in Van Patton Woods Forest Preserve near Wadsworth.
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Caught by Dominick Lacorcia
Caught by Ryan Rigdon
Caught by Mike Herrera
Caught by Steve Escarez
Caught by Steve Escarez
Caught by Rj Sanchez
Caught by Clay Stockdale
Caught by Chris L
Caught by Mike Bowman
Caught by Musky Mod
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Frequently Asked Questions About Sterling Lake, IL


How big is Sterling Lake?
Sterling Lake is approximately 69 sq acres (0.3 sq km) in size.

How deep is Sterling Lake?
Sterling Lake is approximately 23 feet (7.0 m) at its deepest point.

What kind of fish can you catch in Sterling Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Black Crappie, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Muskie and Walleye in Sterling Lake.


Are there fishing guides or charters for Sterling Lake?
Yes! There are fishing guides and charters for Sterling Lake and/or the surrounding area.

What are the closest cities to Sterling Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Wadsworth, IL, Old Mill Creek, IL and Pleasant Prairie, WI.

Are there places to stay in the Sterling Lake area?
Are you craving a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Or maybe you're an avid angler in search of the perfect fishing spot? Look no further! Sterling Lake and its surrounding area offer an abundance of options to suit your needs. If you're in need of accommodation, check out our area map which highlights some of the best places to stay. And if you're looking for even more options, head on over to our Travel section. But why settle for a traditional hotel or resort when you can take your adventure to the next level by renting a RV? The open road awaits you!
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Are there bait or tackle shops near Sterling Lake?
Yes, there are some nearby bait or tackle shops in the vacinity of Sterling Lake.
Business Card: Jalensky's Outdoors & Marine
Jalensky's Outdoors & Marine
Kenosha, WI
(262) 654-2260
about 8 miles away

Are there topographical lake maps available Sterling Lake?
We have an topograpical map for online viewing near the top of this page. Lake-Link Pro users can download an print a topograpical map of Sterling Lake (.pdf format) along with 2,700 more lake maps. For more information on all the benefits of Lake-Link Pro click here.

Sterling Lake area businesses:
Please check out these local businesses in the Sterling Lake area:
Business Card: Jalensky's Outdoors & Marine
Jalensky's Outdoors & Marine
Kenosha, WI
(262) 654-2260
about 8 miles away
Business Card: Jalensky's Outdoors & Marine
Jalensky's Outdoors & Marine
Kenosha, WI
(262) 654-2260
about 8 miles away

Are there places to eat and drink near Sterling Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

What is the fishing outlook for Sterling Lake?
What does the future look like for Sterling Lake? We have some insignt on what to expect for a number of fish species in Sterling Lake.

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History & Status of the Fishery
In 2013, a D/C electrofishing survey was conducted to assess the overall fishery. Sterling Lake receives periodic stockings of 5000 2" walleye, 150 11" muskie and annual stockings of 600 8" to 10" channel catfish. 14 species were detected during this survey. In addition to the species listed, you can also find pumpkinseed sunfish, warmouth, yellow perch, spotted sucker, bluntnose minnow, bowfin, common carp, and yellow bullhead. Historically, yellow bass, white sucker, brook silverside, and johnny darters.


Controling Authority
Lake County Forest Preserve District
847-367-6640
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Frank Jakubicek
815-675-2319

What is the average air temp for Sterling Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Sterling Lake? Don't forget to plan ahead! Weather can be unpredictable, but we've got you covered. On average, air temperatures during this time of year range from a high around 47°F (8°C) to a low around 30°F (-1°C). Of course, these are just historical averages, so be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way. For the most up-to-date weather information, be sure to check out our Weather Bar located at the top of this page.

Are there any state parks near Sterling Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 1 state park in the vacinity of Sterling Lake.

For more Illinois State Park information see our State Park Guide.

Sterling Lake Reviews
Below is the word on street about Sterling Lake.
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steve s.
Gurnee, IL
2 star rating
I love canoeing on this lake as the water is very clear and you can often see the bottom. But for fishing, it's below average. Possibly over-fished. I've seen in other lakes schools of fish, but never in this lake. I've done some underwater GoPro videos to get a look see and the panfish are most times solitary. There are Muskie here, however! I've never caught one, but I've seen others who have. In fall 2020, there was a dead one floating on the southern part of the lake. Largest fish I've caught here was a 12" largemouth. About 10 years ago, I caught a 10" walleye, too. I'm not so sure they stock this lake any more and fishing success has declined for me. Still fun for a paddle, though.
Reviewed Apr 17, 2021
rick r.
Zion, IL
3 star rating
It is well maintained but hard to find big fish in the summer Can get very weedy. Not a bad ice fishing spot.
Reviewed Dec 3, 2018
tom w.
Chicago, IL
4 star rating
GOOD LAKE TO FISH WITH LIVE BAIT , MINNOWS WORKED WELL , FIND DROP OFF AND CAST TO IT , WALLEYE, BASS AND CRAPPIE , SCENIC TOO . GOOD FISHING
Reviewed May 22, 2016

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