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LaSalle Lake
Seneca, IL

One of Illinois' Premier Fishing Hotspots!

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Directions: I-55 south to I-80 west. Exit 80 at 170 south to Seneca. Go through Seneca and follow signs to access. Plenty of parking.

LaSalle Lake is approximately 77 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. Use the link to Mapquest below for directions from your location.

Bait Shops: Several in town. Concession stand is now closed at LaSalle. AND NO MORE VAN RIDES. Bring A bicycle or be prepared to walk!

Known Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Catfish, Bluegill, White Bass, Yellow Bass, Hybrid Striped Bass, Walleye, Freshwater Drum, Sunfish.

Jay's General Comments: LaSalle lake is an Exelon power plant cooling lake. Not your typical lake at all. The entire shore line is Rip Rap (rocks) and there is virtually no vegetation. If you plan to fish from shore bring a bicycle. There are11 total miles of shore line and very little area can be covered without some form of transportation. Boat ramps are available for launching at no charge. There is no shade at all so bring a hat and/or umbrella for a brief respite when needed and sunscreen! There are shoreline markers every 100 feet so ask other fisherman where the fish are biting.

LaSalle lake can be a lot of fun to fish. The fish have a great forage base on which to feed and the warm temps of the water throughout the winter months makes for some large fish. For the shore fisherman, the idea is to keep moving until you locate active bass. This can mean a lot of walking/biking, but will greatly increase your chances of catching fish.

Bottom Line: Bring a bike if shore fishing or some serious walking shoes, don't beat one spot to death - find the fish, bring a good variety of tackle, and leave the ultra-light at home, this lake has BIG fish.

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