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McCullom Lake

McHenry County, IL
McHenry County, IL
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McCullom Lake is located at the northwest edge of McHenry off of McCullom Lake Road between Illinois Routes 31 and 47. The main entrance is at 4300 Peterson Park Road.
This 244-acre, northeastern Illinois lake is relatively shallow, averaging around four feet with a maximum depth of nine feet. Shoreline access is available at several small parks, including the City of McHenry’s Peterson Park located on the northeast shoreline. Petersen Park has a handicap-accessible fishing pier that is available spring through fall. There is a launch for carry in boats. A small, undeveloped boat launch on the lake’s south shore provides boat access for small trailerable boats with motors of 10 horsepower or less (located off West Shore Drive in McHenry). Private residences surround approximately 80% of the shoreline. An aerator is run periodically through the winter so watch for open water if ice fishing. The lake is managed under a cooperative management agreement with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Two-lines or poles only when fishing at McCullom Lake.
244 acres
LAKE SIZE
4 feet
AVG DEPTH
2.9 miles
SHORELINE
758 feet
ELEVATION
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
10hp
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Camping
Swimming
Boat Rentals
Picnicking
Skiing
FISH TO CATCH
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in McCullom Lake.
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FISHING OUTLOOK
BLACK CRAPPIE
Poor POOR
Black crappie were not captured in this sample. Species specific die-offs have occurred twice in the last 8 years (2014 and 2007). This most recent die-off occurred in late September of 2014 when about 50 dead black crappie were documented at three locations around the lake.
BLUEGILL
Fair FAIR
Bluegill abundance was quite low, though this number is usually variable. The bluegill average length was 4.6 inches.
CHANNEL CATFISH
Fair FAIR
No channel catfish were captured during this survey. Channel catfish over 20 inches have been caught in previous surveys. About 1,600 channel catfish are stocked into McCullom Lake annually.
LARGEMOUTH BASS
Fair FAIR
Two harsh winters (2010-11 and 2013-14) in the last four years have taken their toll on the bass population in this lake. Largemouth bass catch rates have declined since 2004. A couple of nice bass weighing close to three pounds were captured in the 2014 survey. Adult bass have an abundant food supply as yellow perch and yellow bass have exploded.
NORTHERN PIKE
Good GOOD
Northern pike were captured at a rate of 8.5 fish per net night in 2018. This survey did have one of the highest catch rates in recent surveys despite pike stocking being halted in 2015. The pike ranged in length from 16.2 to 32.0 inches long. The heaviest fish, a female with eggs, weighed 5.8 pounds. Unfortunately, IDNR is no longer raising and stocking northern pike. Monitoring will continue to determine if a natural reproduction can sustain a pike fishery at McCollum Lake.
YELLOW BASS
Excellent EXCELLENT
Yellow perch were extremely abundant during the 2014 survey. This species can become so overabundant they develop into a stunted population, as well as compete with young of year largemouth bass.
YELLOW PERCH
Excellent EXCELLENT
Yellow bass were extremely abundant during the 2014 survey. This species can become so overabundant they develop into a stunted population, as well as compete with young of year largemouth bass.
PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: McCullom Lake
HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY
McCullom Lake is stocked with largemouth bass and channel catfish. The IDNR conducts northern pike stocking success surveys when conditions allow. Four trap-nets were fished for two nights in March of 2018. Also listed are results from the 2014 fall electrofishing survey.

Unfortunately this shallow lake is prone to fish kills and carp infestation.

We also noted hundreds small (young of year) yellow bass and yellow perch. Heavy aquatic vegetation in the summer/fall can make this lake difficult to fish.

CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
McHenry Parks and Recreation
815-363-2100
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Andy Plauck
815-675-2386 ext. 214
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