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Lake Minear offers year-round fishing memberships

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  • Vic Scholz of Libertyville, Carl Matson of Grayslake and George Killmer of Huntley ice fishing on Lake Minear.

    Vic Scholz of Libertyville, Carl Matson of Grayslake and George Killmer of Huntley ice fishing on Lake Minear.
    Courtesy of Lekas & Levine Public Relations


Submitted by Lekas & Levine Public Relations

It's a crisp, beautiful winter morning on Lake Minear, a quiet, spring-fed lake in Libertyville.

Three fishermen are clustered around a small, perfect hole in the ice. There's a tug on a line, and after a thrilling struggle, one angler extricates a 23-inch northern pike. After admiring their catch, the fishermen gently release it back into the water. But the pleasure of the moment will stay with them until they return to this spot again.

Lake Minear is a 72-acre, private, recreational lake in Libertyville stocked with catch-and-release game and pan fish, including bass, catfish and walleye. With an extended fishing membership, anglers can fish every day from sun up to sundown year-round.

But ice fishing is just the beginning. Come May 28, Lake Minear will open for a season of swimming, fishing, and picnicking. It has a sandy beach and a shaded picnic area with tables and grills.

Fishing boats are welcome provided motors are 10 horsepower or less. Amenities include swimming lessons, a concession stand and special events like an annual fishing derby and cardboard boat regatta.

Lake Minear is operated by the nonprofit Libertyville Boat Club Inc. It is run solely by its members, along with a certified staff as a refuge for those who love outdoor summer fun, but not noise and crowds.

Membership fees for 2016 are $175 for families, $110 for individuals and $85 for seniors. Shore fishing is included during the summer. The Extended Fishing Program allows for year-round shore or boat fishing for an additional $65.

Those who join now to take advantage of the ice fishing (conditions permitting) will get a discount on year-round membership. Early bird savings are in effect until April 30.

For details, visit or call (847) 680-8897.

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