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Fishing Illinois

EZFishing brings you Illinois's most comprehensive list of fishing locations, providing interactive maps that show each location's GPS coordinates, nearby facilities (like restaurants, gas stations, marinas and fishing shops), their current and forecasted weather and, if available, their water conditions.

Registered users can rate fishing locations, post their personal/public notes and also tag them with information about fish species generally caught there as well as the most common and effective fishing techniques.

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Find any of the 4454 locations currently available in EZFishing database, to check fishing reports, maps, directions, weather and water conditions.


Illinois Fishing Resources

Fishing regulations and licensing, guides/outfitter services and local fishing clubs in Illinois.

Illinois Fishing Regulations

Are you familiar with the fishing regulation in Illinois?
It is never a bad idea to check it again before your next outing.

Illinois Fishing License

Purchasing a fishing license you are helping to preserve the environment and also ensure that future generations can enjoy fishing as you are. Among other things, your fishing license fees support fisheries and hatcheries management, education programs about fishing and conservation, protection of endangered species.

Here it is where you can get your fishing license.

Links to Illinois Government Agencies

Here are a few websites of Illinois's agencies involved in regulation and conservation.

Illinois Fishing News

Check out what is the latest fishing buzz in Illinois.

  • Youth Fishing and Family Day
  • NPAA members Theresa Meade #161 and Willy O'Connell #377 hosted the Chain of Lakes Youth Fishing and Family Day on the Fox Chain in Antioch, Illinois, on August 16th. Theresa, the founder of this annual event, has been the organizer and coordinator for the
  • Outdoors FIRST
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  • 9/1/2015 5:31:13 PM
  • Hillary Clinton’s Gefilte Fish Email, Explained
  • Which was why 400 pounds of the frozen Illinois fish were denied entry to the Promised Land. Still, in view of the possible diplomatic damage, I thought Israel should make this one exception, and told that to the Ministers of Trade and Finance. Congressman
  • Tablet Magazine
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  • 9/1/2015 12:52:03 PM
  • Are fish in the Illinois River safe to eat?
  • Oliver Schaffer of Dolton baits up on the Illinois River in Peru. Like most anglers, he avoids fishing waters in and around Chicago. The state fish consumption advisory is more restrictive for the Chicago and Calumet river systems than for the Illinois Riv
  • News Tribune
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  • 8/31/2015 4:42:18 PM
  • Illinois boy recovers after fish hook got stuck in eye
  • FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) _ An 11-year-old boy from northern Illinois is thankful to be back in school and to be able to read after surgery to remove a fish-hook embedded in his eye during a summer vacation accident. Phoenix Mordick of Freeport was on vacation .
  • Fox2now
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  • 8/29/2015 8:48:03 PM
  • More out-of-state anglers charged with exceeding their fish limit
  • The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports three men from Illinois and Indiana were more than 50 fish over their catch limit after a routine patrol checked up on them on Twin Lake, south of Ely, on June 21. DNR conservation officer Anthony
  • Rick Kupchella's-Bring MeTheNews
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  • 8/28/2015 3:34:16 PM
  • Hennepin & Hopper lakes: Reopen to fishing Tuesday
  • No fee will be charged by TWI. Anglers older than 16 must also have a valid State of Illinois Sport Fishing License. Fishing will be open Tuesday through Sunday from sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset; the lakes will be closed to fishing on Mondays.
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 8/28/2015 3:31:17 AM
  • Anglers caught poaching fish in Ely area
  • Ely, MN ( -- A group of anglers from Indiana and Illinois were recently charged with poaching fish near Ely, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The case stems from a June investigation. It marks an already busy season ..
  • Northland's NewsCenter
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  • 8/28/2015 2:41:11 AM
  • White Sox players go fishing with military youth
  • The players spent the morning fishing with a group of military youth served by USO Illinois whose parents are currently or were recently deployed. Eaton’s parents both served in the military, and his brother Zachary is a United States Air Force Captain.
  • WGN TV
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  • 8/28/2015 1:00:58 AM
  • Flying Fish Fest Raises Awareness
  • The Illinois River serving as the backdrop for Flying Fish Fest Saturday. About 16 boats arrived from different states, working hard to catch as many Asian carp as they could. They're trying to let people know about the invasive species, and how they can .
  • Central Illinois Proud
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  • 8/23/2015 12:23:57 AM
  • Tackling the Asian Carp problem
  • "We're looking at commercial fishing and processing to turn those ... But that hinges on a willingness to harvest the fish. Brandon Wyatt helps operate a fishery in Thompson, Illinois. He doesn't need convincing. "China is ordering (Asian Carp) from ...
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  • 8/21/2015 4:29:42 AM
  • FISH FLASH: Fishing picks up after seas calm down
  • Missouri and Illinois anglers on the Un Reel came in with mahi mahi and king mackerel. Capt. Paul Dale Wagner said they got into a school of mahi mahi. Texas anglers on the Fish N Fool with ... calmed down this week, the fishing has picked up.
  • The Destin Log
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  • 8/21/2015 4:29:42 AM
  • Committee to meet on fishing/rec area in Gibson City
  • The volunteer steering committee is headed by Gibson City resident Gary Lutterbie, a retired fish biologist for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Also on the committee are Kevin Seymour, Tom Townsend and Mike Bleich. The group has been charged
  • The News-Gazette
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  • 8/20/2015 6:54:03 AM
  • Fishing and recreation area at Gibson City industrial park to be explored
  • The volunteer steering committee is headed by Gibson City resident Gary Lutterbie, a retired fish biologist for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Also on the committee are Kevin Seymour, Tom Townsend and Mike Bleich. The group has been charged
  • Paxton Record
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  • 8/19/2015 4:24:55 AM
  • Study: Lake Michigan perch changed 'reverse evolution'
  • Researchers have long suspected that size-selective fishing - in this case, catching only big yellow perch - can lead to "reverse evolution," in which fish become genetically ... Resources and associate director of Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.
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  • 8/19/2015 4:24:55 AM
  • Try Pinkneyville
  • It’s said all the time on my TV show, Illinois Outdoors that “Great fishing is not that far away.” Well, it’s true. Sure, many of us have gone long distances in pursuit of fish with quantity and quality. The truth is however that similar ...
  • ChicagoNow
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  • 8/17/2015 11:54:05 PM
  • Lake Michigan Perch Recover Quicker Than Expected
  • "Every expectation was that recovery would take a super-long time," said researcher Tomas Höök, associate professor of fisheries biology in Purdue's Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and associate director of Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.
  • The Fish Site
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  • 8/17/2015 6:00:20 AM
  • Spring Fed Trout, moving beyond where I am
  • I fish for trout because of where they live ... When I moved to Sand Springs in '66, Park Fennell took me to the Illinois River below Tenkiller and introduced me to the trout fishing there, and the access to it through old Mr. Stanfill's gate there ...
  • Tulsa World
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  • 8/16/2015 10:33:32 AM
  • Group helps improve life cycle for fish
  • Newlin, a former professional non-wing sprint car driver who has helped with bass fishing tournaments in Indiana and Illinois, also had experience as an international standards organization officer. In that position, he audited companies to see how well ..
  • Herald Times
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  • 8/16/2015 3:59:50 AM
  • Volunteers to look at fishing area at Gibson City facility
  • Gibson City resident Gary Lutterbie, a retired fish biologist for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will head a volunteer steering committee that includes Kevin Seymour, Tom Townsend and Mike Bleich. Lutterbie believes the area could enhance ..
  • The News-Gazette
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  • 8/13/2015 6:55:12 AM
  • Reeling in Crappie Fish
  • Story Created: Aug 11, 2015 at 7:18 AM CDT Story Updated: Aug 11, 2015 at 8:08 AM CDT WSIL -- From bluegills to catfish, there's lots to catch at lakes in southern Illinois. Today, we're going to tackle a lesson or two in crappie fishing. Professional ...
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  • 8/11/2015 1:09:48 PM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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Illinois Weather

Champaign, IL (61820)

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Feels like: 75°F

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Dew Point:68°F
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