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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

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.

  • Plenty of good bluegill fishing in area
  • Your device does not support the audio. With crappie spawn in full swing, the next stop on the Illinois fishing calendar is the annual bluegill spawn. Fortunately, area bluegill anglers will find no shortage of good fishing holes. This prolific panfish can
  • RiverBender
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  • 4/21/2018 3:00:00 PM
  • Deal of the Week: Major NM company to be acquired
  • Rancho Dominguez, California-based Santa Monica Seafood recently announced the opening of a new packaging and distribution facility in Illinois. Santa Monica Seafood says the Seattle Fish Co. of New Mexico acquisition gives it coverage throughout the New .
  • The Business Journals
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  • 3/16/2018 5:37:00 PM
  • Illinois Bass Fishing Outlook 2018
  • Perhaps a key to successful Illinois bass fishing is to go where the bass go. Location, location, location. Although all bass are point-oriented, the successful angler should remain flexible in his approach. Bass tend to concentrate in areas with some ...
  • Game & Fish
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  • 3/16/2018 2:05:00 PM
  • Check out our map of Central Illinois fried fish locations 🐟
  • Have a fish fry we should add? Email us the details! Reporting like this is brought to you by a staff of experienced local journalists committed to telling the stories of your community. Support from subscribers is vital to continue our mission.
  • Journal Gazette and Times Courier
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  • 3/15/2018 10:00:00 PM
  • Silverfin Group fish cakes help put invasive Asian carp on the menu
  • Chef Philippe Parola is doing his part to control the population of invasive Asian carp by using carp caught in Mississippi, Illinois and Louisiana in fish cakes sold by his company, Silverfin Group. His efforts mark the first time an invasive species has
  • SmartBrief
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  • 3/14/2018 8:09:00 PM
  • Illinois city eyes $20 million federal grant to restore bay, fish habitats
  • QUINCY, Ill. — A western Illinois city is asking for a $20 million federal grant to restore its natural fish habitats. The Quincy Herald-Whig reports the city of Quincy is asking Washington to pay for restoration efforts in Quincy Bay. The bay has become .
  • Outdoornews
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  • 3/13/2018 3:10:00 PM
  • Illinois Spring Trout Fishing Season opens April 7
  • The 2018 Illinois Spring Trout fishing season is just around the corner. Anglers will need both a fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp to participate, unless they are under the age of 16, blind, disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from ...
  • KHQA
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  • 3/11/2018 7:17:00 PM
  • Christmas trees to be dropped into Rend Lake for fish habitat
  • According to officials, the Corps of Engineers employees, Illinois Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologists, and volunteers will place bundled and weighted Christmas trees into Rend Lake for the purpose of creating fish habitat. They said ...
  • KFVS12
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  • 3/7/2018 5:05:00 PM
  • Report: Fishing license sales down in Illinois
  • As the DNR reminds us that hunting and fishing licenses expire at the end of this month, a report out of Springfield suggests fewer people have been paying for the right to fish. “Fishing license sales have been either flat or declining in Illinois for ...
  • Outdoornews
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  • 3/7/2018 3:12:00 PM
  • IL Fishing License Sales Declining
  • Fishing license sales have been either flat or declining in Illinois for the past 10 years. The loss of sales have a direct impact on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' ability to enhance environmental habitats and Illinois’ multi-billion ...
  • Alton Daily News
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  • 3/5/2018 6:09:00 AM
  • Statewide crappie creel cut heads new fishing rules
  • The senior/disabled combination hunting/fishing license and all the permits it covers this year costs $12. n In Illinois, fishing tournament organizers must apply online for permits to host competitions during 2018. A tournament operator can apply through
  • The Paducah Sun
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  • 3/3/2018 10:09:00 AM
  • Spring trout fishing season opens April 7
  • SPRINGFIELD — The 2018 Illinois Spring Trout fishing season is just a few weeks away. Anglers will need both a fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp to participate, unless they are under the age of 16, blind, disabled, or are an Illinois resident on ..
  • Shelbyville Daily Union
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  • 3/2/2018 7:05:00 PM
  • 2018 Illinois Crappie Fishing Outlook
  • Illinois crappie fishing heats up with the temps, and these waters are among the best in the state. Perhaps the most popular panfish in Illinois is the crappie. Found in abundant numbers throughout the state, crappies come in both white and black ...
  • Game & Fish
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  • 3/2/2018 12:42:00 AM
  • Illinois spring trout fishing season opens
  • The 2018 Illinois Spring Trout fishing season is just a few weeks away. Anglers will need both a fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp to participate, unless they are under the age of 16, blind, disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from ...
  • The Times Weekly
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  • 2/28/2018 6:18:00 PM
  • 'Fish Habitat Improvement Day' at Lake Shelbyville
  • LAKE SHELBYVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Lake Shelbyville Fish Habitat Alliance will place donated Christmas trees and artificial structures into Lake Shelbyville to enhance the fisheries for years .
  • Shelbyville Daily Union
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  • 2/27/2018 8:50:00 PM
  • The Best March Fishing in Illinois
  • March fishing in Illinois: It’s a good time to catch bass, catfish, crappies and more at these waters. The month of March brings the hope and anticipation of spring. Thoughts turn to warmer days, spring flowers, early morning turkey gobbles and of course .
  • Game & Fish
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  • 2/26/2018 8:15:00 PM
  • Volunteers needed for Lake Shelbyville Fish Habitat Improvement Day
  • LAKE SHELBYVILLE -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Lake Shelbyville Fish Habitat Alliance will place donated Christmas trees and artificial structures into Lake Shelbyville to enhance the fisheries for ...
  • Journal Gazette and Times Courier
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  • 2/26/2018 7:36:00 AM
  • 12-Year-Old Wisconsin Angler Breaks Three State Fish Records in One Day
  • Catching multiple state-record fish in one day isn’t unheard of, but it is unusual, as only a few lucky anglers will be able to make the claim. The last one we heard of was Illinois fisherman Ken Maggiore who broke two Illinois records last March.
  • wideopenspaces.com
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  • 2/23/2018 7:53:00 PM
  • Outdoors: Get ready for the Fish On! show
  • The free-with-admission seminar schedule (same both days) is; 10 a.m. Kayak Fishing (Steve Hrynewyck and Jackson Kayak Fishing Team), 11 a.m. Lake Michigan Perch (Rich Holm), 12 p.m. Sauger/Walleye on the Illinois River (Guy Lopez), 1:30 p.m. Pier & Shore
  • The News-Dispatch
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  • 2/23/2018 2:29:00 AM
  • Fish fries, jazz festival, trivia nights and more on tap this week
  • Email: lifestyle@bnd.com. Mail to: Lifestyle, Belleville News-Democrat, 120 S. Illinois St., P.O. Box 427, Belleville, IL 62222-0427. Questions, call Heidi Wiechert at 618-239-2500. Aviston Legion Fish & Chicken Fry — 4:30-7 p.m. Friday. American Legion ..
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  • 2/21/2018 1:12:00 PM
  • Illinois 2018 Fishing Licenses go on Sale March 1
  • The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says state fishing licenses for the year go on sale March 1. The agency says 2018 annual fishing licenses for Illinois residents cost $15 and are good until March 31, 2019. Money from the license fees is used ..
  • WCBU
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  • 2/20/2018 11:20:00 PM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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