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Pierce Lake

Winnebago County, IL
Winnebago County, IL
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Pierce Lake is situated in Rock Cut State Park on the northeast side of Rockford.
Pierce Lake was constructed in 1960 by damming Willow Creek. Pierce Lake is 162 surface acres with a maximum depth of 36 feet and an average depth of 12.5 feet. It has a watershed of 8,150 acres and 4.9 miles of shoreline.
A two-lane concrete boat ramp with car/trailer parking is available. Any size engine is allowed on Pierce Lake; however, engines over 10hp can only operate at no-wake speed. The concessionaire offers boat rentals, bait, and tackle and has a restaurant. Concession Phone: 815-885-4740.

Two-pole and line fishing only with the exception of carp, which can be taken by bow and arrow from May 1st to June 30th.
147 acres
LAKE SIZE
36 feet
MAX DEPTH
11 feet
AVG DEPTH
4.2 miles
SHORELINE
827 feet
ELEVATION
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
Unrestricted, over 10 hp no wake speed
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Camping
Swimming
Boat Rentals
Picnicking
Skiing
FISH TO CATCH
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Muskie
Smallmouth Bass
Walleye
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Pierce Lake.
AREA SERVICES
FISHING OUTLOOK
LARGEMOUTH BASS
Good GOOD
The largemouth bass population has turned around in the past two years. In 2018, 11% of the sample was greater than 15 inches. The largest largemouth bass in the 2017 sample was 20 inches long and weighed 4 pounds. Smallmouth bass are present but, in low numbers. Site Regulation: 1 fish daily limit; 15" minimum length limit.
MUSKELLUNGE
Good GOOD
Muskie were stocked in Pierce Lake to provide a trophy predator species. Muskie are stocked at a rate of 1 fish per acre annually. The spring trap netting catch rate was 1.6 fish per net night. The largest fish sampled in 2018 was a 43.5 inch female that weighed 24.5 pounds. Site Regulation: 1 fish daily limit; 48" minimum length limit.
SMALLMOUTH BASS
Poor POOR
Smallmouth bass are present, but in low numbers.
WALLEYE
Excellent EXCELLENT
The Walleye population is strong with 80% of the fish sampled in 2018 over the 14 inch minimum length limit. Previous creel samples showed 58 pounds of Walleye per acre harvested, which is the highest harvest pounds of any northern Illinois lakes. Walleye are stocked annually at a rate of 50 per acre. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit; 14" minimum length limit.
PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: Pierce Lake
HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY
Pierce Lake receives an annual stocking of channel catfish, walleye and muskie. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are stocked when weak year classes have been identified.

CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
Rock Cut State Park:
815-885-3311
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Brennan Caputo
630-360-4181
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