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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.

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Illinois Fishing Resources

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

Illinois Fishing Regulations

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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.

  • Below the Waterline: Rattles and beads can improve catch ratios
  • Awards were presented Jan. 20-21 at the Illinois Pheasants and Quail Forever State Meeting in Springfield. Terry Brown is President of Wired2Fish.com, an industry leading, daily website and social media fishing centered community that provides information
  • Pantagraph
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  • 2/23/2017 1:05:00 AM
  • Sarley: More fishing guides to check out with spring approaching
  • I present the names in no particular order. These are the next batch of guides that I recommend that operate in or near Northern Illinois. Doug Becker of the JD Guide Service is one heck of a tournament fisherman and usually scores nice limits on Geneva.
  • Northwest Herald
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  • 2/22/2017 5:50:00 PM
  • Central Illinois Treasures: Fish Carver
  • The basement of Terry Page’s home near Hillsboro is lined with reminders of his love for fishing: mounted muskies and bass, antique lures and boxes of fishing magazines. “I started at age three,” Page remembers. “I caught a bluegill. My dad and my ...
  • WAND 17 HD
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  • 2/22/2017 12:06:00 PM
  • Record February heat: Documenting the impact on Chicago fishing
  • Larry Green tweeted it was caught in Kankakee. Andrew Ragas, web designer and guide in northern Wisconsin, was back to fish the spring walleye run in northern Illinois with jigs and big thumper plastics, and small crankbaits. In the words a young man ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 2/22/2017 5:53:00 AM
  • Change in tournament organizer's status raises questions about bass fishing
  • Its new name – the Illinois High School Invitational, instead of Argenta-Oreana Bombers Invitational – reflects an end to the organizer's volunteer position as bass fishing coach at Argenta-Oreana High School and the district's role as fiscal agent for ...
  • Herald & Review
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  • 2/19/2017 12:14:00 PM
  • Fly Fishing Festival returns to River Falls
  • And there are dozens more streams in the Driftless Area near the Mississippi River along the Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois borders that are prized among fly fishermen and women. Because most of the high-quality trout streams near River Falls are
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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  • 2/17/2017 3:45:00 PM
  • Mayor’s meeting: All over the lakefront and fishing stuff
  • Brenda McKinney, Urban Fishing Coordinator for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, opened with this truth, “State still does not have a budget. As far as I know, stocking will continue and my program will be in operation.” She has been doing ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 2/17/2017 10:12:00 AM
  • Illinois fish eating advisories
  • Last week, the Illinois Department of Public Health released an updated consumption advisory for sport fish caught in Illinois. Changes are the result of continued sampling by the Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program and do not suggest that Illinois fish ..
  • The Daily Journal
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  • 2/16/2017 8:29:00 PM
  • Fisher backed by three sponsors
  • Illinois' Mark Fisher, a former FLW Tour co-angler who's moved to the front of the boat this season, announced that he'll have three primary sponsors backing him during his rookie campaign. The companies are: EZ Kut Products, which manufactures ratcheting
  • BassFan
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  • 2/15/2017 7:37:00 PM
  • Advisory warns against eating too many Illinois-caught fish
  • The state of Illinois isn’t telling anyone not to eat fish they catch in local streams and rivers, but state officials are saying some people may want to be careful. The latest ‘Sport Fish Consumption Advisory’ doesn’t come out and say not to eat ...
  • The Rock River Times
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  • 2/15/2017 4:04:00 PM
  • Illinois Fish May Be Unsafe To Eat
  • Illinois (WIBQ) - An updated Fish Consumption Advisory from the State of Illinois says there are increasing higher levels of pesticides and chemicals being found in all species of fish around the state’s rivers and streams. The advisory states that ...
  • WIBQ
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  • 2/10/2017 12:35:00 PM
  • Spring trout fishing coming up
  • The 2017 Illinois Spring Trout Fishing Season opens on April 1 at 52 ponds, lakes and streams throughout the state, where rainbow trout will be stocked. Three local sites are: — Bird Park quarry in Kankakee, where Kids' Fishing Day, sponsored by the ...
  • The Daily Journal
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  • 2/9/2017 8:24:00 PM
  • Illinois spring trout fishing season opens April 1
  • SPRINGFIELD – The 2017 Illinois Spring Trout Fishing Season opens on Saturday, April 1, at 52 ponds, lakes and streams throughout the state. A new location for spring trout fishing this year is Horsetail Lake in the Cook County Forest Preserve District ...
  • morrisherald-news.com
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  • 2/9/2017 10:16:00 AM
  • A Simple Plan for River Species
  • "Doesn't matter if you're on the Rainy, Fox, St. Croix, Mississippi, Illinois, Maumee or any river in between. The geography might change. But the walleyes and baits they eat most often never do. Call it simple, satisfying fishing with B-Fish-N Tackle ...
  • thefishingwire.com
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  • 2/9/2017 8:51:00 AM
  • Illinois fish consumption advisory: Some thoughts or advice
  • Listen, I think the Illinois Sport Fishing Consumption Advisory is important stuff. I also think it scares the hell out of people unnecessarily and in some ways does very little to serve the public good. It just irks me. In part because every year, readers
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 2/9/2017 8:40:00 AM
  • IDPH issues updated Illinois sport fish consumption advisory
  • SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced an updated consumption advisory for sport fish caught in Illinois waters. These changes are the result of continued sampling by the Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program and do ...
  • www.riverbender.com
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  • 2/9/2017 8:22:00 AM
  • Granddad of aquarium fish dies in Chicago
  • An Australian lungfish that entranced visitors to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois, for more than 80 years has been put to sleep due to old age, the popular tourist attraction announced this week. Granddad, who was four feet long and weighed 25 ...
  • Washington Post
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  • 2/9/2017 8:00:00 AM
  • Updated Illinois sport fish consumption advisory
  • SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced an updated consumption advisory for sport fish caught in Illinois waters. These changes are the result of continued sampling by the Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program and do ...
  • The Herald-News
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  • 2/9/2017 5:30:00 AM
  • Updated Illinois Sport Fish Consumption Advisory
  • SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced an updated consumption advisory for sport fish caught in Illinois waters. These changes are the result of continued sampling by the Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program and do ...
  • Press Release Point
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  • 2/9/2017 4:04:00 AM
  • New fish consumption advisory
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced an updated consumption advisory for sport fish caught in Illinois waters. These changes are the result of continued sampling and do not suggest that Illinois fish are becoming more or less contaminat
  • News Tribune
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  • 2/8/2017 10:15:00 PM
  • Oldest captive fish euthanized at US aquarium
  • The longest-living fish in a zoological setting, a lungfish known as Granddad who was acquired by the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois, in 1933, has been euthanized after suffering failing health in his mid-90s, aquarium officials said on Monday.
  • China Daily
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  • 2/8/2017 7:29:00 AM
  • Gearing up for Illinois spring trout, fly fishing seasons
  • SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The 2017 Illinois spring trout fishing season opens on Saturday, April 1 at 52 ponds, lakes and streams throughout the state. A new location for spring trout fishing this year is Horsetail Lake in the Cook County Forest Preserve ...
  • Outdoor News
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  • 2/3/2017 10:42:00 PM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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