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Braidwood Lake

Will County - Illinois
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Braidwood Lake is located in Will County approximately 1.25 miles south of the Village of Braidwood adjacent to U.S. Route 53.
Site Regulations:
Largemouth or Smallmouth Bass: 15? minimum length limit; 3 fish daily limit
Hybrid Striped Bass: 3 fish 17? or longer; 10 fish daily limit

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Frequently Asked Questions About Braidwood Lake, IL

How big is Braidwood Lake?
Braidwood Lake is approximately 2,241 sq acres (9.1 sq km) in size with 15 miles (24.1 km) of shoreline.

What kind of fish can you catch in Braidwood Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Blue Catfish, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Hybrid Striped Bass and Largemouth Bass in Braidwood Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include Redear Sunfish.

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

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History & Status of the Fishery
The fishery is evaluated via biennial major surveys and species-specific ancillary surveys. Fish habitat enhancement has been conducted for several years and most recently involved the installation of commercially made units. Braidwood Lake supports a persistent phytoplankton bloom that suppresses rooted aquatic vegetation.

Braidwood Lake receives annual stockings of largemouth bass, blue catfish and most recently hybrid striped bass. Excess production at the IDNR hatchery systems has allowed for the stocking of redear sunfish on a few occasions, and while not as prevalent as bluegill, larger specimens are caught.Flathead catfish were also stocked several years ago and a remnant population exists today. No special mercury advisory or other contaminant-related consumption advisories pertain.

Braidwood Lake is maintained by periodically pumping water from the Kankakee River. As a result, the lake supports a variety of fish species which include common carp, quillback, freshwater drum and others. Braidwood Lake is supported by a thriving gizzard and threadfin shad forage base as well as various other minnow species.

Controling Authority
Mazonia/Braidwood State Fish and Wildlife Area
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Seth Love

What is the average air temp for Braidwood Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Braidwood 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 37°F (3°C) to a low around 25°F (-4°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 Braidwood Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 1 state park in the vacinity of Braidwood Lake.

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

Braidwood Lake Reviews
Below is the word on street about Braidwood Lake.
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jaime d.
Cicero, IL
5 star rating
This lake is my stress relief. I always get plenty of cats. Im limited from the shoreline but i make the most of it. I love this place i get a bite literally a few minutes after the bait settles down. Im easy to spot, im bald with sun glases. I usually fish next boat ramp as to not impede the boats and also because i don't want the attention.
Reviewed May 18, 2018
michael h.
Plainfield, IL
3 star rating
I fish Braidwood a lot most the time for cats. I have a boat and looking for someone that wants to fish. If you know how to use the Hummingingbird Helix 7 di and can show me that is a big plus. I am retired so can go any time pm me
Reviewed Apr 9, 2018
michael s.
4 star rating
Braidwood lake is one of the top bass fisheries in northern illinois. Even though this lake is man made and a cooling lake for a nuke plant, the majority of the shoreline is natural. There are no lakefront homes or businesses and lots of hills, trees, and wildlife. Looking at the depth finder as I cruised around the lake is like watching a roller coaster ride on television, the contours of the lake are vast (down to 60 ft. in some areas) and plentiful. This is one lake that caters to a multitude of fishing technics from top water buzzbaits to deep diving crankbaits you are sure to catch fish. I get a great feeling of relaxation whenever I fish at Braidwood because of it's beauty and serenity, and maybe because I have never been skunked.
Reviewed Mar 16, 2003

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
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Eagle Lake 2.4 mi 34
Ponderosa Lake 2.7 mi 149
Mazonia #10 - Clear Lake 2.9 mi 40 35 ft
Mazonia #06 - Goose Lake 3.0 mi 10
Monster Lake 3.0 mi 53
Mazonia #07 Bullhead Lake 3.2 mi 33
Mazonia #08 - Carp Lake 3.3 mi 18
Mazonia #03 Bass Lake 3.3 mi 29
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