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McCullom Lake

McHenry County, Illinois
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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.
How big is McCullom Lake?
McCullom Lake is approximately 244 sq acres (1 sq km) in size with 3 miles (4.7 km) of shoreline.
What kind of fish are in McCullom Lake?
Anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike in McCullom Lake.
When are the best fishing times for McCullom Lake?
Today fishing looks to be moderately active with peak fishing times around 6-7 pm. For more more best fishing times visit our McCullom Lake Fishing Forecast page. Lake-Link Pro Members can get detailed fishing forecasts for up to 10 days in advance and species specific for McCullom Lake.
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Are there fishing guides for McCullom Lake?
Yes! There are fishing guides for McCullom Lake and/or the surrounding area. Please see the "Fishing Guides" section down a little further on this page.

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peter k.
McHenry, IL
3 star rating
July 29, 2018. The dog days of summer has hit the lake. Fished for bass and northern several times from a boat (June-July), but the bite was very slow. Bottom-fishing from shore has been quite enjoyable. Petersen Park has a nice shoreline and piers from which to fish. Several species of fish can be caught from shore; to include bluegill, crappie, bass, northern, catfish and carp. West Shore Beach is maintained well and easy to fish from shore. Looking forward to the autumn bite.
Reviewed Jul 29, 2018
peter k.
McHenry, IL
4 star rating
May 2018: I've fished McCullom about four times this year (April-May) from a boat. It has been an excellent spring fishery. Very nice, healthy bass and pike. I noticed bluegills and crappies "popping" just about everywhere in the lake; schools of big-shouldered carp cruising around, too. Vegetation is starting to turn green, Petersen Park put in fishing piers, and looks like the lake is waking up from its winter slumber.
Reviewed May 13, 2018
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