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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.

  • Below the Waterline: Event helps shorten fishing learning curve
  • This weekend is the first gun season for deer in Central Illinois. Comlara Park will be closed to fishing. Terry Brown is President of, an industry leading, daily website and social media fishing centered community that provides information
  • Pantagraph
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  • 11/18/2015 6:57:40 PM
  • Fish Tales: Record-Size Catches in Illinois
  • Home to numerous lakes and rivers including Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River, when it comes to catching really big freshwater fish, Illinois has recorded some monster catches. So big, in fact, that for a while, an Illinois man held the national ...
  • News Max
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  • 11/16/2015 6:45:44 PM
  • Discussing fishing hotspots is never easy
  • I used to heavily promote the angling on the Fox Chain following years of so-so fishing conditions. The Illinois DNR went to great efforts to plant big numbers of walleye and muskie in the various lakes in the Chain. And the results were spectacular for a
  • Daily Herald
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  • 11/11/2015 6:34:21 AM
  • Leathernecks go after the biggest fish
  • “To use a fishing analogy, the big one got away,” the Western Illinois University football coach said of the 23-21 home loss. “But I guess that means you’re fishing in the right spot.”
  • Hawk Eye
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  • 11/7/2015 5:56:09 AM
  • New Boston Fire and Ambulance Fish and Chicken Fry – Nov. 21
  • (KWQC) – The New Boston Fire and Ambulance Department is holding a fish and chicken fry from 4 – 7 p.m., Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the New Boston Illinois Fire Station. The department is asking for donations at the door, with all proceeds being ...
  • KWQC
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  • 11/4/2015 12:11:56 PM
  • A Terminator Fish Is Moving at Record Speed Toward the Great Lakes
  • Asian carp are on the move in Illinois, and that could spell bad news for the Great Lakes. Late last month, officials from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) discovered two small Asian silver carp—an invasive species brought into the ...
  • Yahoo News
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  • 11/3/2015 9:52:57 PM
  • Invasive fish getting closer to Lake Michigan
  • (AP) — Federal crews have discovered two Asian carp in the Illinois River, 12 miles closer to Lake Michigan than where others of that size previously were seen. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service teams found two silver carp about 6 1/2 inches long late last ..
  • WIVB
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  • 11/3/2015 6:36:41 AM
  • Illinois governor, Chicago mayor feud leads to dead fish
  • "I bought a gift for a special person," the Republican governor told reporters at a Chicago market. "I bought some send some dead fish to the mayor. I think he will deeply appreciate that as only he can." Early in his political career, Emanuel ..
  • Reuters
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  • 10/30/2015 9:14:44 PM
  • Illinois governor, Chicago mayor feud leads to dead fish
  • CHICAGO (Reuters) - A war of words between Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over which government is in the worst financial shape took a bizarre turn on Friday with the purchase of fish. "I bought a gift for a special person ..
  • WKZO
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  • 10/30/2015 5:15:32 AM
  • Outdoors: Prep fishing teams, clubs signal bright future for sport
  • The group plans to meet once a week. On Monday, they held a bank fishing event. Next week, Officer Keith Siedsma from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation police will address the kids about rules and regulations and other interesting .
  • Northwest Herald
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  • 10/28/2015 6:18:09 PM
  • For something new in fishing, don't hesitate to try something old
  • Of course even 20 years back there still was a major deficiency of Illinois Conservation Police officers to find and nail this character before he was able to almost single-handedly ruin a good fishery. Anyway, smallmouth bass fishing can be excellent now
  • Daily Herald
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  • 10/28/2015 8:09:42 AM
  • Cannery power failure blamed for fish kill
  • is being cited by environmental regulators as the source of a problem that "upset" the city's wastewater treatment plant and killed thousands of fish in a tributary of the Illinois River. Katherine Benenati, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of ...
  • Muskogee Phoenix
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  • 10/23/2015 5:38:09 AM
  • Trout opener, passing it on: Fish of the Week
  • Kaitlyn James, 8, took 5-year-old Pierce Thomas fishing for the first time Saturday. Together they caught nine on the opening day of Illinois’ fall trout program. “They were really excited when the trout would jump out of water,’’ Kaitlyn’s proud ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 10/21/2015 7:09:24 PM
  • Fall Fishing Tips After A Cold Front
  • I was fishing lake Murphysboro in south Illinois. 13 miles south of lake Kinkaid. I hope I don't regret saying the name but it is a 140 acre lake with a 10hp limit which receives almost no pressure. I saw lots of lay downs and the lake appeared heavily ...
  • The Ultimate Bass Fishing Resource Guide
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  • 10/19/2015 1:28:11 PM
  • Sangamon Valley fishing tourney a keeper
  • “It's worth all the effort; it's a blast.” Student fishermen came from as far as the Chicago suburbs to take part, but it was a Southern Illinois team from Benton Consolidated High School that won the day with a very respectable weight of nearly 8 pound
  • Herald & Review
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  • 10/19/2015 3:55:31 AM
  • Benefit Fish Fry
  • The camp is a week-long event held at Eastern Illinois University. Barthelme has attended the last three years. The fish fry is a fundraiser to help offset the costs of the trip as students are responsible for transportation, meals and hotel expenses.
  • Newton Press Mentor
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  • 10/16/2015 4:23:32 PM
  • Trout fishing begins Saturday
  • The trout fishing lakes in Cook County had been closed this week as workers for the forest preserves and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources restocked the county's lakes with nearly 7,000 pounds of trout in preparation for the fall fishing season.
  • Chicago Tribune
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  • 10/16/2015 12:52:58 AM
  • Trout fishing at Lakewood Forest Preserve
  • Lakewood will open for trout fishing at 6:30 a.m. Fishing in the Lake County forest preserves is free, but anglers 16 and older must have a valid Illinois license. Trout fishermen must also have an Illinois inland trout stamp.
  • Daily Herald
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  • 10/15/2015 5:54:48 AM
  • Fall trout fishing season starts Oct. 17
  • The 2015 Illinois fall trout fishing season is set to open Saturday, Oct. 17, at 53 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state. The Illinois catchable trout program is funded entirely by those who use the program through the sale of inland trout stamps
  • The Gazette-Democrat
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  • 10/14/2015 8:26:18 AM
  • Trout opener coming & fall feed bag: Chicago fishing
  • Sign-up for Chicago Sun-Times newsletters. The fall trout season opens Saturday in Illinois and hints of the general fall feed bag come and go for this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report. The MFR appears in a condensed form Wednesdays on the Sun ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 10/14/2015 3:11:20 AM
  • Why you should fish for carp at Independence Grove
  • "We have a lot of carp that are getting pretty old," Glowacki said. A few Independence Grove carp have been caught in recent years through electrofishing with assistance from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, he said. Under the method ...
  • Daily Herald
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  • 10/12/2015 5:08:15 AM
  • Naperville Scout Hopes to Spark Passion for Fishing
  • Draz received more than $5,600 in contributions from more than 50 donors, including family and friends – both his and LaBrose’s – as well as organizations such as the Riverside Fishing Club, DRiFT (DuPage Rivers Fly Tyers) and the Illinois Smallmouth ...
  • Patch
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  • 10/9/2015 10:44:04 PM
  • Local Firefighter Finding Success with Bow-Fishing Business
  • It's not uncommon to see Asian Carp jumping out of the water of the Illinois River. One Central Illinois fisherman is taking his passion for hunting those carp and turning a profit. WMBD headed out to the Lacon Marina to find out about the Peoria Carp Hunt
  • Central Illinois Proud
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  • 10/5/2015 11:28:47 AM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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Illinois Weather

Peoria, IL (61602)

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Feels like: 36°F

Wind:160° 9 Kt
Dew Point:35°F
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