In Braidwood Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area located in Will County south of Braidwood off Illinois Route 53.
Braidwood Lake, which is 2,308 acres, has two boat launching facilities, located at opposite ends of the lake as well as extensive bank fishing areas. Motorboats are allowed, with a minimum length of 14 feet recommended. Motor size is unlimited but a 40 m.p.h. speed limit is strictly enforced. This lake is open from March 1 through early October and black bass harvest is regulated by a 15 inch minimum length limit and a 3 fish daily creel.
Greatly influenced by the operation of the nuclear facility, the largemouth bass fishery tends to peak in the early spring and early fall, although good catches can be made during the hot summer months.
Braidwood Lake is closed to all fishing and boat traffic, except for legal waterfowl hunters, from 7 days prior to duck season through the day before duck season and is closed to all fishing during waterfowl season commencing with regular duck season through the close of the Canada goose and regular duck season.
This popular Will County lake attracts more crappie anglers than bass fanatics. The 2,308-acre cooling lake can have water temperatures in the high 90s during the summer months, and while fishing is best in the spring and fall, the largemouth bass apparently have grown accustomed to the warm water, so don't hesitate to fish there during the hot months.
Despite these conditions, the lake has a great bass population that continues to improve each year. The lake shows good reproduction each year. The average catch will be 1 to 2 pounds, but 4-pounders are plentiful, and 6-pounders aren't uncommon. Best fishing is off the points and near current breaks.
The lake opens March 1. Bass have to be 15 inches minimum. There is a three-fish-per-day limit. There are boat launching facilities at each end of the lake. Boaters are required to have a gasoline-powered motor.
Braidwood Lake can become very dangerous. Special precautions should be utilized. A wind warning system is in place by a flagpole located at the Cemetery Boat Ramp and the Kankakee Boat Ramp. The flag system displays predicted weather conditions for that day. Different colored flags will be raised to depict the weather conditions. The lake will be closed with 25 m.p.h. winds.
Best fishing is off the points and near current breaks.