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Fishing in Lake County in August

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Let’s be honest. When you’re in Lake County, it is fishing season year-round. With the temperatures at some of the warmest year round, there’s plenty of fishing to go around.
Here are some of the species that are at a high population in Lake County. Use this list when boating in Lake County and you are ready to tackle the beasts of the sea. 

Largemouth Bass

The largemouth bass is a statewide fish that is really popular year-round. The intensity of the sunlight makes it difficult for daytime fishing. However the night time is when you should be really scoping out this species. Throughout the entire month Largemouths can be targeted. Spinnerbaits, jigs with trailers and soft plastics are all productive in catching this fish. Slow roll spinners over bottom humps with weeds for the best results.

Channel Catfish

Very popular in the Chain O’Lakes right now. Since the Chain is part of a river system, these fish are a significant predator, relatively abundant and caught by a lot of anglers.


Black and white crappie were found in there 2013. In that same year they found a crappie stretching as long as 17 inches.


Muskie are managed for high catch rates and the longevity of the stocking program has allowed females to grow large! They can be as heavy as nearly four pounds and 28 inches.


The Chain produces large amounts as well as large sizes of the species. In fall 2013, walleye ranged from 5″ to 27″ long. In spring 2013, two 10.5 lb. and one 11 lb. 

Listed below are some of the popular fishes found in Lake Michigan. There is a limit of 15 fish that could be taken home.

  • Perch
  • Rainbow Smelt
  • Panfish
  • Carp
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Freshwater Drum (or silver bass)
  • Bluegill
  • Channel Catfish
  • Largemouth bass

With the array of fish, get out on the Lakes of Lake County soon before summer winds down. For further information about fishing in August in Lake County, continue here

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