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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.
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Frequently Asked Questions About McCullom Lake, IL

How big is McCullom Lake?
McCullom Lake is approximately 244 sq acres (1.0 sq km) in size with 3 miles (4.7 km) of shoreline.

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

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

What are the closest cities to McCullom Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include McCullom Lake, IL, McHenry, IL and Ringwood, IL.

Are there places to stay in the McCullom 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! McCullom 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 topographical lake maps available McCullom 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 McCullom Lake (.pdf format) along with 2,700 more lake maps. For more information on all the benefits of Lake-Link Pro click here.

Are there places to eat and drink near McCullom 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 McCullom Lake?
What does the future look like for McCullom Lake? We have some insignt on what to expect for a number of fish species in McCullom Lake.

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History & Status of the 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.

Controling Authority
McHenry Parks and Recreation
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Andy Plauck
815-675-2386 ext. 214

What is the average air temp for McCullom Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at McCullom 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 84°F (29°C) to a low around 63°F (17°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 McCullom Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 2 state parks in the vacinity of McCullom Lake.

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

McCullom Lake Reviews
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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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