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Heidecke Lake, IL

Popular Fish Species Heidecke Lake, IL

Heidecke Lake Popular Fish - Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Fishing in Heidecke Lake for smallmouth bass is popular with locals and bass tournament anglers alike. Recent slot limits have shown to improve the quality, and quantity, of smallmouth bass here. Fishing for smallmouth bass is good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, during high water, mornings in summer and during warmer fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap, and around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure with small worms, jigs and spoons. Largemouth bass also reside here in good numbers.

Heidecke Lake Popular Fish - Walleye


Thanks to annual stocking by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and good fisheries management, a healthy population of walleye are thriving in the waters of Heidecke Lake this year. May and June tend to be the best time for weekend anglers to catch them. During this time they tend to move shallower and closer to shore. Other times of the year they are more likely to roam around in deeper water. As always, staying close by schools of baitfish. They are eager to feed throughout the lake, but tend to concentrate around structure on points, flats and ledges off the river channels. A proven method for catching walleye here is trolling with spinners tipped with live bait, or trolling with long-billed, deep diving crankbaits. However casting live bait, jigs, worms and spoons also works well at times.

Heidecke Lake Popular Fish - Crappie


Because of the presence of both black crappie and white crappie in Heidecke Lake,anglers here get to catch and enjoy eating both species. Crappie fishing in Heidecke Lake is very popular this year, with plenty of hefty slabs being caught. Crappie fishing is on the rise and they can be found in sizeable schools. Crappie always like cover and structure, so locate brush and vegetation. Using a fish finder can help locate schools of crappie, which tend to stack vertically around cover. Live bait and small jigs are the most common method for crappie here. In spring and fall focus on the 8 to 12 foot range. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out deep, as well as find ledges near channels in deeper water.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, white bass, yellow bass, hybrid striped bass and muskie at Heidecke Lake in Illinois.

Located in the Heidecke Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, Heidecke Lake offers 2,000 acres of fishing and boating enjoyment. The lake is located in the northeast portion of the state, and has 17 miles of shoreline to fish and explore.

Heidecke Lake, located in Illinois, is a haven for fishing enthusiasts seeking a thrilling angling experience. Situated in Grundy County, this reservoir offers excellent fishing opportunities and breathtaking scenic views. Heidecke Lake is known for its diverse fish population, attracting anglers from far and wide.

One of the prized fish species in Heidecke Lake is walleye. Anglers flock to the lake in pursuit of these elusive and highly sought-after game fish. With their keen senses and stealthy nature, catching walleye in Heidecke Lake requires skill and patience. The lake also boasts healthy populations of bass, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, which provide exciting challenges for anglers of all skill levels.

Heidecke Lake is also known for its impressive muskie population. Muskie, also known as muskellunge, are predatory fish renowned for their size and ferocious nature. Anglers targeting muskie in Heidecke Lake can expect thrilling battles and the chance to catch trophy-sized fish. In addition to walleye, bass, and muskie, the lake is also home to white bass, hybrid striped bass, crappie, and yellow bass. These species offer variety and excitement for anglers looking to test their skills and reel in a diverse range of fish.

With multiple species of catchable fish in the lake, there are fishing options for all anglers, regardless of age or fishing experience. There is plenty of area for fishing from shore, with much of the areas requiring some walking to access. An excellent public boat ramp makes the launch of fishing and pleasure boats a breeze. Bank fishing areas are accessed on the east side of lake off Dresden Road. Portions of the center and east dike are also open to bank fishing.

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Primary fish species residing in Heidecke Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye White Bass Yellow Bass Hybrid Striped Bass Muskie

Heidecke Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NEARBY
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NEARBY
RV Hookups: NEARBY
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NO
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Heidecke Lake provides ample opportunities for boating enthusiasts. The lake's calm waters and expansive surface area make it ideal for various water activities. Whether you prefer leisurely cruising on a pontoon boat or engaging in fast-paced water sports like jet skiing, Heidecke Lake offers a serene and picturesque environment for boating adventures.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Jugtown Road Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off N Jugtown Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Fishing Guides On Heidecke Lake

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Heidecke Lake Fishing Video
Fishing License

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For those looking to spend more time enjoying the beauty of Heidecke Lake, camping facilities are available. The lake features well-maintained campgrounds that offer a peaceful and scenic setting. Camping at Heidecke Lake allows visitors to wake up to stunning lake views, fish from the shore, and enjoy the tranquility of nature. The campgrounds provide amenities such as picnic areas, hiking trails, and fishing docks, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable camping experience.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Goose Lake Association Beach & Campground - 815 942-4879

Kayak Morris Campground - 630 567-4653

Grundy County Rod & Gun Club Campground - 815 942-9369

Heidecke Lake IL Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Heidecke Lake
Heidecke Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
5010 N Jugtown Rd
Morris, IL 60450
815 942-6352

Heidecke State Fish and Wildlife Area 815 942-6352

IDNR Fisheries County Biologist 630 553-6680


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Heidecke Lake in Illinois.

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Heidecke Lake offers good bass, walleye, wiper and muskie fishing in northeast Illinois.

Fishing on Heidecke Lake, in Illinois.