Twin Lakes Recreation Area - Palatine 4/13/12

Twin Lake Rec Area (Donut Lake) - Palatine, IL
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Twin Lakes Recreation Area - Palatine 4/13/12

Postby JasonN » Apr Mon 15, 2013 1:05 pm

Stopped by Twin Lakes Rec area and picked up a season fishing pass. I used to fish this lake a lot more but have not in recent years. It's really a nice little place and there are indeed some decent bass in there and some tiger musky. The weather was brutal during my visit with temps in the 30's, very strong west winds, and nothing showing interest in my lures.

Looking forward to visiting more this year. Great place to bring kids and it's open until 10pm so you don't have to worry about being chased out at sunset.

Here's my write up from the info pages of WCF...

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Twin Lake Recreation Area (Donut Lake) - Palatine, IL

Size: 12.19 acres (Donut Lake)
Shoreline: .62 miles
Location: Rt. 53 and Northwest Hwy in Palatine, IL. Address is 1200 E. Twin Lakes Drive, Palatine, IL 60074. Enter via Creekside Drive to Twin Lakes Drive (Creekside is 1 block north of 53 off of Northwest Hwy)
Fish: Largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow bass, channel catfish, tiger musky, sunfish, carp

2013 Fishing Fees

Daily
Family: $5.00 resident; $9.00 non-resident
Adult: $3.00 resident; $5.00 non-resident
Youth: $3.00 resident; $3.00 non-resident

Season pass: $23.00 resident; $34.00 non-resident
(Residency is considered southeast corner of palatine, northwest portion of Rolling Meadows and small section in west central Arlington Heights). Please refer to their website for specifics.

Jay’s General Comments

The Twin Lakes Recreation Area is a lovely place located right near Northwest Hwy and Rt. 53 in Palatine, IL. It features two lakes – one for fishing (Donut Lake) and one with a golf course and driving range (Lake Irene). No fishing is available on Lake Irene. This former borrow pit has been converted into a nice 12+ acre lake with lots of recreation surrounding the lake. They have a great pavilion area with the concession/pro shop and patio area that extends out over the lake. Just about the entire .62 mile shoreline is accessible for fishing with exception of the “rocks” section adjacent to Rt 53 on the south central part of the lake. A fishing pass from the Salt Creek Park District is required to fish here. Please see fee schedule above.

I fished Donut lake on a somewhat regular basis almost 10 years ago but have only wet a line a time or two since. There is actually some decent fishing for largemouth bass. I’ve seen bass of 18″ and i’m sure there are a decent amount of similar sized ones in there. Believe it or not, this small lake also has tiger musky. Yes, you read that correctly. I haven’t been able to get numbers yet, but it has been stocked with tiger musky for a number of years. Here’s a nice one posted on WCF a few years ago which was 40″+. In fact, the musky are tagged and if you catch one and report it to the office, you get a free round of golf. No kidding!

There fishing guide mentions smallmouth bass, but I don’t know how accurate that is. It’s strange the way it’s listed, but I don’t think there are any in there. The guide also mentions northern pike, which again i’m not sure are present in the lake. Largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill and the tiger musky for sure.

There’s boat rentals available which are nice 14 foot aluminum boats and for the first time come with a trolling motor and battery. Paddleboats are also available for rental. The fishing boat rental casts are as follows, per their fishing guide, but please call ahead (847-934-6050) for additional information as this is exactly how it appears on their fishing guide…
1 hour per boat $8.00
2 hours per boat $11.00
3-6 hours per boat $20.00

Bringing your own boat is not permitted.

With a 2013 season pass purchased, i’m looking forward to doing quite a bit of fishing at Twin Lake this season. The park and lake are open until 10pm which is very nice. Provides a good opportunity for late evening fishing. It’s also a beautiful place to bring kids with a nice playground and very clean accommodations. The concession stand building offers a nice grill and food, clean bathrooms and a very nice proshop for golfers.
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Re: Twin Lakes Recreation Area - Palatine 4/13/12

Postby fishE » Apr Mon 15, 2013 8:31 pm

If you buy the season pass do you still have to pay to enter /park?
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Re: Twin Lakes Recreation Area - Palatine 4/13/12

Postby Skifish1 » Apr Mon 15, 2013 8:47 pm

Jason I was strongly considering getting a season pass just because its near my work and super convenient and my ability to fish will be more limited this year. Do you know how deep the lake is? When I paid the daily fee there the guy who comes around and checks mentiined the fee is to help support the fishery.i assumed he means stocking but I suspect they dont stock anymore. Seems like it could be a good walleye lake if it has some depth. I have sighted big bass but I suspect the tigers are gone or few if left. That is a dont care for me but bass and panfish would be of interest.
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Re: Twin Lakes Recreation Area - Palatine 4/13/12

Postby rigmewacky » Apr Mon 15, 2013 8:51 pm

I don't believe you ever have to pay to enter the park. Some people come here just to eat lunch. Just have to pay daily or yearly for fishing.
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Re: Twin Lakes Recreation Area - Palatine 4/13/12

Postby JasonN » Apr Mon 15, 2013 9:17 pm

Parking is free for everyone. The only fee required is for fishing. I'm working on trying to find a depth map but I do know there are at least a couple of spots that are probably 18'+ from my past experience. I also got the impression that the lake is indeed stocked every year with bass, bluegill and catfish. Hopefully I can get confirmation on the stocking and depths soon.

It also seems like a great place to bring the kids. The playground is right next to the lake so parents can fish while kids play :)
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Re: Twin Lakes Recreation Area - Palatine 4/13/12

Postby konsatsna » Feb Sat 06, 2016 6:42 am

suspect they dont stock anymore
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Re: Twin Lakes Recreation Area - Palatine 4/13/12

Postby jim bohman » Feb Mon 22, 2016 8:40 am

havent been there in years,but we used to get quite a few crappie out there also, like I say though its been 8 maybe 10 yrs since Ive been there.
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Re: Twin Lakes Recreation Area - Palatine 4/13/12

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Re: Twin Lakes Recreation Area - Palatine 4/13/12

Postby RonG » Sep Thu 08, 2016 8:42 am

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Re: Twin Lakes Recreation Area - Palatine 4/13/12

Postby joetrain » Sep Thu 08, 2016 10:51 am

I knew there would be a RonG response.
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Re: Twin Lakes Recreation Area - Palatine 4/13/12

Postby SmalliesNEyes » Sep Thu 08, 2016 11:55 am

joetrain wrote:I knew there would be a RonG response.
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