There’s nothing more satisfying than spending a day in idyllic surroundings and casting a line into the water. It’s the perfect way to relax, whether solo or with others. The Algonquin area is home to several fishing holes, where cool breezes soothe and the fish always bite. All you need is a fishing license, a rod, and a reel and you’re ready to catch tonight’s dinner entree!
The Hollows consists of crystal clear lakes such as Lake Atwood, Little Atwood Lake, and West Lake. Lake Atwood is the largest of the three. It can be fished from both shore and boat. Additionally, its pristine waters are teeming with pan-sized bluegills. Lucky anglers can also sometimes land catfish or largemouth bass with the right bait. Note that Lake Atwood is a “no-minnows allowed” lake, so be sure use other types of bait, instead.
The area is a prime example of McHenry County Conservation’s efforts to offer a thriving environment for both wildlife and human visitors. Be sure to bring along a picnic lunch and take advantage of the picnic tables. You can even launch a canoe or kayak and take a lazy paddle around the lake. When you’re ready to call it a day, pitch a tent and tell tales around the campfire at one of the well-kept lake campgrounds. Life doesn’t get any better than that!
Braewood Park in Algonquin is a beloved 2.6-acre park with a pretty 3.6-acre lake and a rushing creek. You don’t have to go far to cast a line and try your hand at reeling in a variety of fish. The lake is home to largemouth bass and carp as well as perch and rainbow trout. Whether you’re fly-fishing or baitcasting, you’re sure to get a bite in no time at all.
The park itself is a neighborhood treasure offering several ball fields and basketball courts. There are also plenty of green natural areas and walking trails to explore. When you’re hungry, stop for a packed lunch at any one of the picnic tables on-site. Want to catch your dinner? The creek is the perfect place for fly fishermen to hone their skills and bring home supper. Be sure to check with the Illinois Fish and Wildlife Service to ensure the stream is open to the public on the day of your visit.
Lake Julian Trout Farm
Lake Julian Trout Farm has been around since 1937. This family-owned and operated facility features a free-to-use trout pond, where you only pay for the fish you catch. Packaging and icing costs are included in the price. Best of all, there’s no limit to how many fish you can catch. The farm staff will even clean your trout and get it ready for the frying pan for a small charge.
You can also fish the Big Lake. To do so, you’ll need to be a member of the trout farm. The tranquil setting and access to all the walleye, trout, and catfish you can land makes it well worth it, however. Lake Julian Trout Farm is a hidden gem and perfect for beginners and experienced anglers alike. There’s also a bait shop on the premises and a sheltered area is available for birthday parties and special events.
All in all, Algonquin is a fantastic community to call home. Thinking of making a move closer to these fishing spots near Algonquin Square Apartments? If so, contact us for more information or to arrange a personal tour of our luxurious living spaces!Back to all posts