Lock 14 on the I&M Canal near downtown LaSalle is a truly unique fishing spot in central Illinois. Located at the meeting place of the Illinois River and the historic I&M Canal, Lock 14 isn’t just a piece of history, it’s a great place to fish, regardless of how windy, rainy, cold or warm it is. The canal provides a smooth surface, sheltered from the wind where bluegill, largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish and rainbow trout (stocked) all bite.
On the other side of Lock 14 is the Illinois River, where steam barge captains would harbor to discuss business with the canal boat captains bound for Chicago. River fishing spots with room for chairs dot the shore with plenty of overhangs, rocks, reeds and other shelter for bass fishing in the fall. Walleye, sauger, bass, catfish and panfish are all available here.
Parking is plentiful next to the LaSalle Canal Boat, an 1840s-era replica canal boat located at Lock 14. Remember to bring an apple or carrot for Larry and Moe, the team of steadfast mules that pull the boat.