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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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Illinois Fishing Resources

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

Illinois Fishing Regulations

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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.

  • Special Olympics fishing contest to be conducted with IHSA
  • BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois High School Association and Special Olympics will team up this year to offer a unified IHSA Bass fishing tournament. The tournament will be conducted with the 2015 IHSA Bass Fishing State Finals on May 15 and 16 on ...
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  • 2/20/2015 3:47:51 AM
  • Where can you find a fish fry on Ash Wednesday?
  • Mass at 7:30 p.m. Paderborn is on Floraville Road, 3 miles off of Illinois 159, 4 miles south of Smithton; 8 miles south of Millstadt. St. Cecilia Church Parish Hall — 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, 155 North Main St., Glen Carbon. Baked and fried fish plates ...
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  • 2/17/2015 3:25:45 PM
  • Hooked on fish: Diving deeply into hobby of stocking aquariums
  • The "we" Zink is referring to are members of the Central Illinois Tropical Fish Club. The club was started nearly three years ago and is made up of fish owners who are passionate about keeping, breeding and talking about tropical fish. Zink's fish room is
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  • 2/15/2015 6:59:53 AM
  • NICC's annual Ice Fishing Derby and Winter Festival is this weekend
  • This weekend will mark the 55th anniversary of the Ice Fishing Derby and Winter Festival on the Chain O' Lakes that is sponsored by the Northern Illinois Conservation Club that is based near Antioch. It is believed to be the oldest continuous winter ...
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  • 2/12/2015 2:52:54 AM
  • Fish processing plant now looks to Beardstown, not Havana
  • BEARDSTOWN — A fish processing plant project in Havana that has been in the works for over two years may be moving to another Illinois River town, according to Illinois Small Business Development Center Director Greg Garrett. Garrett and staff member ...
  • Peoria Journal Star
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  • 2/9/2015 8:11:26 AM
  • Christmas trees grow as popular fish habitat
  • MARION – Since 1999 Chris Bickers, an Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Region 5 fisheries biologist, has been augmenting Crab Orchard’s habitat with fish attractions fashioned from old Christmas trees. It’s a win-win for man and fish.
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  • 2/7/2015 11:58:42 PM
  • Below the Waterline: Intern shows future of fishing in good hands
  • Youth fishing is catching on in a big way. Once administrators at both levels found out how many kids were reached, how grades, attitudes and pride in school increased, it was hard to say no. Arkansas, Illinois, Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina, South ...
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  • 1/28/2015 6:26:57 PM
  • Below the Waterline: Area has plenty of options for fishing trails
  • Tournament anglers are blessed with local and regional fishing trails in Central Illinois. Some trails are for individual anglers and others are for team events. New this year, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has made permits mandatory for all
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  • 1/21/2015 6:28:06 PM
  • Grandfather, grandson die fishing in southern Illinois
  • NEW BADEN — Family and friends are mourning the loss of a grandfather and grandson who died in a southern Illinois fishing accident this week. Terry Calvert of New Baden died trying to save his 13-year-old grandson after he fell into Rend Lake on Monday ..
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  • 1/2/2015 8:27:52 AM
  • Man, grandson die on Illinois fishing trip
  • CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Two people died during a fishing trip in southern Illinois Monday when a man tried to save his 13-year-old grandson who had fallen into the water, authorities said. Terry Calvert, 63, had taken his two grandchildren from ...
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  • 12/29/2014 9:18:33 PM
  • Below the Waterline: Holidays signal upcoming ice fishing season
  • Frabill also carries a full line up of bait containers. Illinois-based Plano Molding has a full lineup as well. Clothing for ice fishing has improved significantly in recent years with the advent of performance clothing. Companies such as Simms ...
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  • 12/24/2014 6:25:31 PM
  • Biologist calls for carp processors to use more parts of the fish
  • The cost of catching, processing, freezing and shipping the Asian carp that frolic in Illinois waters has to be analyzed, said Irons, pointing out that it’s a 40-day boat ride for fish to get to the Asian market. “Let’s not put the carp before the ...
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  • 12/12/2014 2:40:32 AM
  • Below the Waterline: Top picks for 2015 fishing trips
  • Don’t forget the docks. Stephen Forbes State Park: Located in Southern Illinois near Salem, this lake has had a resurgence in recent years. It’s not unusual to see 5-fish limits nearing 20 pounds. It’s a very scenic lake where deer and turkey are ...
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  • 12/3/2014 6:28:57 PM
  • 11/05: Midwest Fishing Report, Fish of the Week, Show and Go
  • The Early Show: Chicago’s only fly-fishing show, presented by the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance and DuPage River Fly Tyers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook. For more information, go to driftorg.com/calendar.php. Liv’s Hunt ...
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  • 11/4/2014 8:14:55 PM
  • Drumming up some big fish
  • That one was weighed on a captain’s scale at 21 pounds, 8 ounces. Those fish are dwarfed by the Illinois-record 35-pounder caught by Joe Rinella in 1960 from the DuQuoin City Lake. Does it mean anything? ‘‘Always great to see big fish being caught ...
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  • 10/28/2014 5:52:54 PM
  • Grafton gives fish plant 30 days to stop smells
  • GRAFTON, Ill. — Authorities in southern Illinois have given an Asian carp processing plant 30 days to stop rotten odors or face a shutdown. Grafton Police Chief Chris Sullivan filed the ruling Wednesday against American Heartland Fish Products.
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  • 10/23/2014 3:21:21 PM
  • Grafton gives fish plant 30 days to stop smells
  • GRAFTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in southern Illinois have given an Asian carp processing plant 30 days to stop rotten odors or face a shut down. Grafton Police Chief Chris Sullivan filed the ruling Wednesday against American Heartland Fish Products.
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  • 10/23/2014 8:40:29 AM
  • Chicago fishing: Inland trout, whitefish & fall bites
  • Fall fishing–inland trout season opened Saturday in Illinois, the fall crappie bite begins, and the first whitefish show up off the St. Joseph pier in Michigan–lead this Midwest Fishing Report. I usually post the sprawling, raw-file online version of ...
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  • 10/21/2014 9:57:25 PM
  • An inside look at a Fishing Advisory Committee meeting
  • She has openings for free environmental-education classes. Contact her at brenda.mckinney@illinois.gov or at (312) 771-9741. Steve Silic, fisheries biologist for the Forest Preserves of Cook County, was brought into the group. He introduced himself and the
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  • 10/17/2014 8:14:48 PM
  • Pleasure Lake in Palos Hills closed to fishing
  • Martin Kleefisch said. "We wanted to restock it and we did, but the Illinois Department of Natural Resources told us that we better not allow fishing for awhile to let them mature," Kleefisch said. It will likely be about two years before Pleasure Lake can
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  • 10/16/2014 11:57:53 PM
  • Chicago fishing: Fall trout, crappie & Chinook
  • Fall fishing–inland trout season in Illinois, crappie all over, Wolf River action in Wisconsin and Chinook on Lake Michigan–lead this Midwest Fishing Report. I usually post the sprawling, raw-file online version of the MFR, which appears condensed on ...
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  • 10/14/2014 9:51:24 PM
  • 10/15: Midwest Fishing Report, Buck of the Week & Fish of the Week
  • TROUT: Illinois’ fall inland season opens Saturday ... CHAIN O’LAKES: Arden Katz: ‘‘Crappie on fire,’’ trolling 1 mph or drift-fishing in 13 to 17 feet on northern lakes with minnows. Triangle: Muskie going on live suckers or small bucktails.
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  • 10/14/2014 6:59:37 PM
  • Fish kill delays opening of Tuma Lake
  • The fish kills didn't have much financial impact — most fish used to stock the lake are contributed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, partly funded by the sale of fishing licenses, while some are reared at the forest preserves, Silic said.
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  • 10/10/2014 11:57:51 PM
  • Below the Waterline: The business of fishing looking good
  • I wish we had events like that in Central Illinois. Pro anglers Brandon Palaniuk, Terry Scroggins, Gerald Swindle and Mike Iaconelli hung out with anglers talking fishing and signing autographs. I spent one day on the water with Palaniuk and with anglers .
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  • 10/1/2014 7:29:21 PM
  • Chicago fishing: Salmon & trout on shore, fly-fishing trout
  • The Chinook and browns near shore on southern Lake Michigan, though spotty, and Illinois first catch-and-release fly fishing season for fall trout are the things to lead this Midwest Fishing Report. I usually post the sprawling, raw-file online version ...
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  • 10/1/2014 9:20:53 AM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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