Here is a list of other lakes in the State of Illinois both public and private that contain muskies. They are not a part of the official Illinois muskie stocking program. While we cannot guarantee the size or health of the populations in each lake, our research has shown that they are at least present.



Public Lakes

Countryside Lake

Crystal Lake

East Loon

Island Lake

West Loon

Glenn Shoals

Fulton Co. Conservation Area

Eagle Lake - St Clair Co.

Paradice Lake - Coles Co.


Sam Dale

Fitch and Bond - Fulton Co.

Captain - Super

Fox Ridge

Lake Nellie

Vandalia Lake

Lake Kakusha

Mermet Lake

Lake Vermilion

Frank Holten Main Lake and Lake 3

Lake Decatur

Dolan Lake

Homer Lake

Ridge Lake 

Windsor Lake- Winnebago County


Private Lakes
Apple Canyon Lake
- Jo Davies Co.

-          Fishing Report

Candlewick Lake - Boone County

Independence Grove

Karl Lake

Lake Carroll

            - Fishing Report

Lake Holiday

Lake Renee

Lake Summerset

Lake Thunderbird - Putnam

Lake Thunderbird - McHenry

Lake Wee-ma-tuk - Fulton Co.

Heritage Lake - Tazewell Co.

Lake Wildwood - Marshall Co.

Galena Lake - Jo Davies Co.

Fyre Lake - Mercer Co.

Lake Griswald - McHenry Co.

Camelot - Peoria Co.

Lake Zurich - Lake

Tanglewood Lake- Marshall County


The following lakes are managed by the Village of Lindenhurst. Access is only for village residents and guests:
Lake Hastings
Linden Lake
Potomac Lake
Waterford Lake
Spring Ledge Lake


Since muskies are not a native fish in Illinois there are limited river fishing opportunities. The river fisheries exist due to escapement.
Most land along the rivers is private and permission is required for access.
Indian Creek below Shabbona and Willow Creek below Pierce may offer a limited fishery but all access is private.


Fox River

The Fox River below the Chain offers some fishing opportunities.


Kaskaskia River

The Kaskaskia River directly below the Lake Shelbyville dam offers an outstanding muskie fishery.
See the Lake Shelbyville page for additional information


Mackinaw River

A few muskies have been caught in the Mackinaw River below Evergreen Lake due to fish escaping from the lake during high water levels.


Rock River

A few fish have been reported in the Rock River. These fish probably escaped out of Shabbona and followed Willow Creek to the Rock River