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Lake Information for LaSalle Lake


The 2,058 acre cooling lake in LaSalle County was opened for public fishing in 1987. The lake was stocked initially with 10,000 - 8 to 10 inch channel catfish from Fountain Bluff Fish Farm. No catfish stockings have been necessary since then. LaSalle Lake is like most cooling lakes in that they are catfish factories.

Fishing Description: 

The lake has a tremendous population of channel catfish of all sizes.

The bass fishery looks promising especially for the chance of catching a trophy bass. Bass from the 1991 year-class started reaching legal size (18") as early as the fall of 1993. The largemouth bass population declined dramatically in 1997, 1998, and 1999. In 2000 - 2003, the largemouth bass population was much stronger. There is still an excellent population of 4 to 7 pound bass.

LaSalle Cooling Lake also receives a reduced stocking of smallmouth bass about 20,000 a year or 10 per acre. This program also appears to be working, with an excellent population of trophy-sized smallmouth bass. Excellent numbers of smallmouth bass were collected in the 1999 - 2003 fall surveys.

LaSalle Lake is stocked with striped bass hybrids almost annually at 5 - 10 fish per acre, depending on availability. The striped bass hybrid have done very well.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Fishing for channel catfish, and largemouth, smallmouth, and striped bass is best from April to September. Fish for the striped bass in the drop offs. The rest are available throughout the lake.

White bass are found most often in April, May, and September in the open waters.

Bluegills are best in April and May along the shoreline.

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