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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.

  • US fishing magnate dubbed 'The Codfather' set to change plea
  • He then sold the fish for cash, some of which was smuggled overseas. For more than a decade, Joe Thomas, 43, has been working at an IHOP restaurant in Springfield, Illinois. On Saturday, a couple of his regulars stopped in for breakfast. Thomas knows the .
  • WHIO
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  • 3/30/2017 4:53:00 AM
  • Illinois fish farm takes Purina to court over fish deaths
  • Full access to all content published on Full access to latest news across all sections The IntraFish Seafood Price Tracker, the latest species prices Archive of over 177,000 articles – Two decades of stories
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  • 3/29/2017 11:55:00 PM
  • Bass Unlimited Creates Fish Habitat in Illinois
  • Bass Unlimited staff and a group of hearty volunteers met on a chilly Saturday morning recently along the banks of Mill Creek in Clark County, IL. No, they weren't there to go fishing (although it was tempting), they were there to build Christmas tree ...
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  • 3/29/2017 7:55:00 AM
  • Terry & Roxanne Wilson New Co-Editors of Southern Trout's Ozark Edition
  • A husband and wife communication specialist team, the Wilsons are Illinois flatlanders by birth and relocated to the Ozarks of Southwest Missouri by choice, have been fly fishers for over100 years between them. They have written 400 articles in outdoor ...
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  • 3/29/2017 7:55:00 AM
  • Smelt, Heidecke opener, inland trout opener: Chicago fishing, MFR
  • Big week for fishing around Chicago, especially Saturday when Illinois’s spring trout season opens, smelt netting begins and Heidecke Lake reopens to fishing; that and much more leads this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report. The MFR for Chicago ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 3/29/2017 2:03:00 AM
  • Fish farm says Purina feed caused massive die-offs
  • An Illinois fish producer is suing Purina Animal Nutrition for allegedly causing massive fish die-offs with its feed. Largemouth bass producer Veath Fish Farm is seeking more than $1 million for loss of sales, customers and other damages from Purina and ..
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  • 3/28/2017 5:32:00 PM
  • Fish farm alleges Purina feed led to fish death
  • The Illinois-based fish farm filed the suit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Illinois last week. The farm has alleged that fish feed products manufactured for Purina Animal Nutrition LLC by Texas Farm Products Company (TFPC ...
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  • 3/28/2017 8:22:00 AM
  • Illinois Fisherman Catches Two State Record Fish in Under an Hour
  • Two state records broken in just under an hour! Breaking a state record is something most fishermen can only dream of doing. But 19-year-old Ken Maggiore realized that accomplishment not once, but twice in the span of an hour! The Chicago Sun-Times ...
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  • 3/27/2017 8:01:00 PM
  • Kids Fishing Day is April 1
  • Free trout fishing for children age 15 and younger will again be offered at Bird Park Quarry in Kankakee 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 1, during Kids Fishing Day, sponsored by the Northern Illinois Anglers Association and the Kankakee Valley Park District.
  • The Daily Journal
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  • 3/27/2017 5:19:00 PM
  • Terry & Roxanne Wilson Co-Editors of Southern Trout Ozark Edition
  • A husband and wife communication specialist team, the Wilsons are Illinois flatlanders by birth and relocated to the Ozarks of Southwest Missouri by choice, have been fly fishers for over100 years between them. They have written 400 articles in outdoor ...
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  • 3/27/2017 5:42:00 AM
  • AREA OUTDOOR NOTES: New fishing, hunting licenses required April 1
  • Anglers and hunters planning to enjoy their favorite pastimes will need to purchase new licenses after Friday. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers and hunters it is nearly time to purchase their 2017 Illinois fishing, hunting and .
  • The Telegraph
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  • 3/26/2017 12:04:00 PM
  • Trout fishing just around the corner
  • Davenport. In Illinois, the spring trout season begins at 5 a.m. Saturday, April 1. The DNR will stock the pond at Prospect Park on 30th Avenue in Moline sometime before then. Meanwhile, Illinois hunting and fishing licenses for 2016 expire March 31.
  • Quad-Cities Times
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  • 3/24/2017 5:20:00 PM
  • Heartland Cooks: Satish's North Indian Fish Fry
  • There are plenty of fish fries in the Heartland throughout spring leading up to Easter, but Satish Walia at India Delight in Marion, Illinois makes his fried fish much differently. Satish uses his proven technique to remove any hint of fishy smell from ...
  • KFVS12
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  • 3/24/2017 3:56:00 PM
  • Ramps at 95th, honor & Chicago fishing stuff: Mayor’s Meeting
  • He said things are on track for stocking all fish this spring on Lake Michigan. He said Brenda McKinney, Urban Fishing Coordinator for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, is short four clinic instructors–Washington Sherman, McKinley and ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 3/24/2017 10:00:00 AM
  • Greatest day of fishing on Chicago lakefront: Burbot & whitefish
  • No, that’s not overstating the case. At least when it comes to Illinois-record fish. Maggiore caught Illinois’ records for lake whitefish and burbot at Montrose Harbor in the space of a half hour. “I am still in shock,’’ Maggiore said after ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 3/23/2017 11:51:00 PM
  • Purina's Fish Food Killed Bass, Fish Farm Says
  • Law360, New York (March 23, 2017, 3:55 PM EDT) -- An Illinois fish farm filed a property damage and product liability lawsuit Wednesday against Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, claiming its fish food, marketed as safe for largemouth bass, was actually unsafe .
  • Law 360
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  • 3/23/2017 8:07:00 PM
  • How to Get a Fishing License in Illinois Before Trout Season
  • A fisheries biologist with the Forest Preserves of Cook County tells us who needs a license, how to get one and where you can fish. RIVER FOREST, IL - As fishing season begins soon, a number of people new to the sport may not know that there’s some odds ..
  • Patch
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  • 3/22/2017 1:49:00 PM
  • Wimbiscus: Scouting Joliet's Lenten fish fries
  • 4 to 7:30 p.m. Baked or fried cod, shrimp, catfish or chicken breast. Dine-in or carryout. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. St. Mary Immaculate School gym, 15629 Illinois 59, Plainfield. (815) 436-2651, ext. 841. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cod, shrimp, grilled cheese ...
  • The Herald-News
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  • 3/17/2017 4:57:00 PM
  • Soybeans fish feeding cage
  • Illinois Soybean Association members David Murphy and Zach Bailey look into a fish feeding cage off the coast of Ensenada, Mexico. The Soy Ambassadors attended the 2017 Offshore Mariculture Conference March 7-9 to learn about the benefits of feeding soy to
  • Iowa Farmer Today
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  • 3/16/2017 12:06:00 AM
  • Technique may benefit fish farmers
  • A University of Illinois researcher has found another use for bioreactors for another group of producers — fish farmers. The 2013 Census of Aquaculture shows that Illinois has 23 fish farms and 17 food fish farms, but not all of them would use this ...
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  • 3/15/2017 10:17:00 PM
  • Coho, LaSalle opener, fly fishing trout: Chicago fishing, MFR
  • Fishing for coho and trout comes and goes on southern Lake Michigan, winter returned, LaSalle Lake reopens Wednesday, March 15, and fly fishing for trout in Illinois opens Saturday, March 18, all that leads this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 3/15/2017 2:37:00 AM
  • Final Reminder Spring Valley Closes TONIGHT Monday March 13
  • The fish-rich, swirling currents of the Illinois River at Spring Valley, Illinois, will once again be the stage for another Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit regular season opener. Set for March 17-18 out of the Spring Valley Boat Club, the qualifying ...
  • OutdoorsFIRST
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  • 3/13/2017 5:12:00 PM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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