Sterling Lake @ Van Patten Woods » Ice Fishing Access

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Sterling Lake @ Van Patten Woods

Lake County Forest Preserve
Work 15838 West Route 173 Wadsworth IL 60083 Work Phone: (847) 968-3235 Website: Click Here


Brief Overview of Ice Fishing Rules For Banana Lake

State of Illinois sport fishing regulations apply. Anglers ages 16 and older must have a valid Illinois fishing license. Purchase one through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, at a local sporting goods stores.

At Van Patten Woods, ice fishing is open extended hours 6:30 am–one hour after sunset, weekdays, and is permitted on any part of Sterling Lake.

Catch-and-release fishing is an important part of maintaining good populations, we highly encourage you to release bass or other predator fish you do not intend to keep. These predator fish help to keep panfish populations in balance.

A uniform 4.5-inch layer of ice is required, and the area must be posted safe for fishing. Temporary shelters are allowed but must be removed by the end of the day. Only two poles are allowed, or tip-ups with no more than two hooks on each line. Holes must be drilled six inches or smaller in diameter.

Call The Winter Sports Hotline Before you go for current ice fishing conditions (847) 968-3235

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