Vernon Hills residents can enjoy many hours of fishing at any one of eight (8) retention ponds located within our parks. Smaller ponds contain bass, bluegill, northern pike, crappie and walleye. The Park District encourages catch and release for all species, regardless of size.
Shoreline fishing is permitted at all of these Park District ponds (lakes), from 8:00 am until dusk. Fishing by electric-powered boats is permitted at Big and Little Bear Lakes and at Lake Charles. Please respect the property of those residents living near the lakes.
Willow Lake in Deerpath
Park and the west pond in Grosse Pointe Park had aerators
installed in 2006 to increase the water quality and control
A fishing license is required for those 16 years and older. Contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for more information.
All fishing on Park District ponds and
lakes falls under the licensing jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of
Natural Resources (IDNR) and Illinois fishing laws, including daily limits
and minimum sizes for fish caught. For more information on Illinois fishing
regulations and licenses contact the IDNR.
720 - 3" - 5"
240 - 5"- 8"
Grosse Pointe East
180 - 3"- 5"
180 - 5" - 8"
Click here for information on the District's Fish Stocking Program