City of Crystal Lake, IL
McHenry County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Crystal Lake 9-7-2010 by Ord. No. 6606.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Boats and boating — See Ch. 181.
Fines — See Ch. 248.
Parks and recreation — See Ch. 383.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also superseded former Ch. 258, Fishing, which consisted of: Art. I, Vulcan Lake, adopted 2-15-2000 by Ord. No. 5248 (Art. V, Ch. 3, Section T, of the 1993 Code), as amended; and Art. II, Size Limits, adopted 3-1-2005 by Ord. No. 5910.
Fishing from the shore is allowed only in designated areas.
Fishing is not permitted in the beach area.
Fishing shall only be allowed during the times the Three Oaks Recreation Area is open to the public.
No person shall bring live bait into the Three Oaks Recreation Area or release any live bait into the Three Oaks Recreation Area lakes.
The catching of baitfish, shellfish, frogs or other aquatic organisms is prohibited.
No person shall remove any fish from the Three Oaks Recreation Area by means of seines, nets or other devices as defined in 515 ILCS 5/1-50, 1998, known as the "Fish and Aquatic Life Code."
Unless authorized by the City Manager or his/her designated representatives, any person having in his or her possession fish removed from Three Oaks Recreation Area shall be fined as set forth in Chapter 248 Fines, for each such fish found to be in his or her possession.
All fines pursuant to this article may be enforced in accordance with Chapter 1, Article II General Penalty, § 1-7B.
Size limits shall be placed on aquatic life within the body of water commonly known as "Crystal Lake." All fish, channel catfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye pike, northern pike, muskellunge, bluegill, redear sunfish, crappie, white or black, and yellow perch, when taken or in the possession of a person after having been taken from the water of Crystal Lake, shall be as follows:
Species
Limitations
All fish
3 poles and line fishing
Channel catfish
6 fish daily creel limit
Largemouth or smallmouth bass
18 inches minimum length
1 fish daily creel limit
Walleye pike
18 inches minimum length
2 fish daily creel limit
Northern pike
24 inches minimum length
2 fish daily creel limit
Muskellunge
48 inches minimum length
1 fish daily creel limit
Bluegill or redear sunfish
15 fish in total daily limit
Crappie, white or black
15 fish in total daily limit
Yellow perch
15 fish in total daily limit
The daily catch limit includes all fish species (either singly or in the aggregate) caught within each of the following fish groupings:
A. 
Largemouth or smallmouth bass.
B. 
Walleye.
C. 
Bluegill or redear sunfish.
D. 
Channel catfish.
E. 
Crappie.
F. 
Yellow perch.