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Frentress Lake

Frentress Lake, located in the north west corner of Illinois within a few miles of Iowa and Wisconsin provides 24,580 acres of recreational waters fed by the Mississippi River. The shoreline has been preserved offering many fishing hotspots along the banks.


Fentress Lake is home to a variety of fish species. Anglers will find hearty populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and bullheads here. This lake is an exceptional choice for those who enjoy fly fishing, bank fishing and / or boat fishing. The bass favor worms while the crappie enjoy grasshoppers and the bream are grub grabbers.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Division of Fisheries offers "Hook-and-Line" and "Spear/Bow and Arrow" Sport Fishing Awards to recognize anglers for fish caught in Illinois' waters. (Click here for details.)


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    Frentress Lake Illinois Coordinates:
42.4657N -90.6077W
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Surface Area:
24,580 acres
Maximum Depth:
46 ft
591 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
2-4 ft
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A favorite fishing hole for natives of the tri-state area, Frentress Lake welcomes boating and fishing enthusiasts alike. Boat docks and launching ramps are located around the lake at no cost.


There are no lodging facilities available around Frentress Lake but there is no shortage of options in nearby Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin towns.

Please consult the Lake Resource Guide for information on lodging and events in the area.


Illinois' closest major city and international airport to Frentress Lake is Chicago, which is 158 miles southeast . The Dubuque Regional airport in Dubuque Iowa is only 15 miles from the lake. Other nearby cities include Platteville and Monroe in Wisconsin; Catesse, Clinton and Marion in Iowa and Freeport, Sterling and Rock Falls in Illinois. The lake flows through Jo Daviess County, IL.

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