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Heidecke Lake Sponsored by
Date 03-Jun-16
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About: - Located southeast of Morris, Heidecke Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area is managed by the Department of Natural Resources for fishing and hunting. DNR has leased Heidecke Lake since 1978, when it was built as a cooling lake for the Collins power plant, which is now owned and operated by Midwest Generation. The lake provides more than 1,300 acres of prime fishing opportunities.


Because of a comprehensive fish-stocking program, Heidecke Lake has a good fish population producing trophy-size bass. Only pole-and-line fishing is permitted, with each angler limited to using two poles. There are no fishing fees, but each angler must have a valid Illinois fishing license unless exempted by law.

Fish are measured while positioned flat on a ruler from the tip of the mouth when closed to the tip of the tail when compressed. All sub-legal-size fish must be released immediately after being caught to maximize their chance for survival.

Catch-and-release fishing is encouraged for anglers who catch legal-size fish but don't want to keep them. Anglers should handle fish with care and release them immediately after catching so the fish can survive to later provide other anglers similar recreation.

The fishing season at Heidecke Lake opens on or about April 1 each year and closes prior to the waterfowl season. Call the park at (815) 942-6352 for exact dates.

Boating: Only boats for fishing or waterfowl hunting are allowed on the lake. Each must have a gasoline-powered motor as its main propulsion unit. There is no charge for launching. No water skiing, swimming, wading, sailboating or personal watercraft is allowed.

Concession: A concession near the boat-launching area rents boats and motors. The concessionaire also sells bait and food.

  • Channel Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Crappie
  • Striped Bass
  • Walleye

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