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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

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.

  • Try the fish tacos: Carp Festival highlights ways to eat invasive fish
  • At a display by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, fish biologist Emily Pherigo explained how the federal agency uses what is called a paupier frame trawl to capture Asian carp on the Illinois River. She said the carp are stunned with electricity and ...
  • Columbia Daily Tribune
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  • 5/4/2016 1:58:13 PM
  • Sarley: Advice on how all fishermen can measure fish without tape measure
  • With each bait sack, you also get a couple of rod clips. Northern Illinois – Dave Kranz from Dave’s Bait, Tackle and Taxidermy in Crystal Lake reports: “It looks like the weather is going to stabilize somewhat and that will help the fishing get better.
  • Northwest Herald
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  • 5/4/2016 2:09:33 AM
  • 31st Fishing Expedition for Special Populations set for May 11
  • The event is in its 31st year and invites over 1,600 people of all ages from schools and sheltered workshops in southern Illinois to spend a day of fun, food, and of course, fishing, It starts at 9 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m. It's sponsored by Frank ..
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  • 5/3/2016 1:49:16 AM
  • Variety of May & April: Chicago fishing
  • Remember that Saturday is the last day to fish for perch in the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan. Perch fishing in Illinois is closed from May 1-June 15. Netting for smelt ends Saturday on the Chicago lakefront. Regulations are the same for the Chicago Par
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 4/27/2016 4:48:10 AM
  • Black Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Rend Lake
  • The Ultimate Bass Fishing Resource Guide WHITTINGTON, Ill. (April 25, 2016) – Michael Black of Toledo, Illinois, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 12 ounces, Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on Rend Lake.
  • The Ultimate Bass Fishing Resource Guide
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  • 4/25/2016 10:51:27 PM
  • New lakes now available for US and Canada - with more coming!
  • See the list of new lakes in Maine, Minnesota, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Wisconsin, and Saskatchewan, Canada. Stay tuned for more additions in several of the same states and many others too! If you love cruising, sailing or fishing on US or ...
  • Outdoors FIRST
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  • 4/24/2016 11:57:03 PM
  • The Wetlands Initiative reopens Hennepin-Hopper Lakes for fishing May 15
  • Hennepin and Hopper Lakes was closed to fishing in 2009 so that The Wetlands Initiative and Illinois Department of Natural Resources could reduce numbers of common carp and stock the lakes with native fish. Re-infestation of carp, not native to North ...
  • News Tribune
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  • 4/23/2016 5:57:20 AM
  • Jackson: Does your fishing personality mirror the weather?
  • Of course, being northern Illinois and having some extended daylight hours still doesn't mean every spring day will be warm and sunny. Spring storms can bring hail and sleet, too. How can a fisherman dream the dreams of hand-to-hand combat with a game fish
  • Daily Herald
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  • 4/21/2016 11:00:22 AM
  • Fishing In Chicago: Where To Go And What You Can Catch (MAP)
  • The Illinois Department of Natural Resources also stocks the lagoons with bluegill and catfish in June, July and August. Come fall and winter, expect to catch king and coho salmon, brown trout, steelhead, bluegill, rock bass and crappie, among other fish.
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  • 4/21/2016 5:31:05 AM
  • Joy of Spring fishing: Chicago fishing opportunities
  • SPRING TROUT IN ILLINOIS: If 16 or older, you need a fishing license and an inland trout. Click here for statewide sites and general information on spring inland trout fishing. Local sites include: Axehead, Belleau, Green, Sag Quarry East, Wolf (Cook ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 4/20/2016 4:20:41 AM
  • Two Members of WIU Bass Fishing Team Qualify for National Tournament
  • MACOMB, IL – Two members of the Western Illinois University Bass Fishing Team qualified for the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) National Championship next year after winning a Central Conference event at Table Rock Lake in Kimberling City (MO).
  • Western Illinois
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  • 4/12/2016 5:44:44 PM
  • Western Illinois University Wins FLW College Tournament on Table Rock Lake
  • Western Illinois University Wins FLW College Tournament on Table Rock Lake The Western Illinois University team of Alexander Bouldin of Girard, Illinois, and Matt Wolz of Joliet, Illinois, won the FLW College Fishing Central Conference tournament on Table
  • The Ultimate Bass Fishing Resource Guide
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  • 4/10/2016 3:13:48 AM
  • George Little: Don't put off task of renewing hunting, fishing licenses
  • Humorist Christopher Parker says, “Procrastination is like a credit card. It’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.” Illinois Resident Hunting and Fishing licenses and Habitat Stamps expired March 31. Many of us put that on the back burner because ...
  • Lincoln Courier
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  • 4/8/2016 12:24:23 AM
  • George Little: Don't put off task of renewing hunting, fishing licenses
  • Humorist Christopher Parker says, “Procrastination is like a credit card. It’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.” Illinois Resident Hunting and Fishing licenses and Habitat Stamps expired March 31. Many of us put that on the back burner because ...
  • State Journal Register
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  • 4/7/2016 11:12:48 PM
  • ‘Alien fish’ caught by teen identified as rare albino swell shark
  • An 18-year-old boy from Illinois had Facebook buzzing after posting a photo of a unique, alien-like shark he caught while fishing off the coast of Mexico. Scott McLaughlin and his dad Russell went on a fishing trip with a guide on March 28 in the Sea of ..
  • WGNO
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  • 4/7/2016 5:00:34 PM
  • Alien Fish Caught By Illinois Teen! This Can’t Be True!
  • https://t.co/z5p2RE6did pic.twitter.com/aKMuaXw7DB — Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) April 6, 2016 An 18-year-old boy from Illinois had Facebook buzzing after posting a photo of a unique, alien-like shark he caught while fishing off the coast of Mexico.
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  • 4/7/2016 7:06:25 AM
  • Below the Waterline: Some tips to avoid burnout in fishing, life
  • I am in the business of challenging others about fishing, but there are times I need to walk away from it and regroup. Illinois, because of its winter, usually affords me a break and by the time spring gets here, I am chomping at the bit to get back out th
  • Pantagraph
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  • 4/6/2016 5:23:13 PM
  • Sangamon Valley High School wins Tournament on Clinton Lake
  • Sangamon Valley High School wins Tournament on Clinton Lake The Sangamon Valley High School team won the 2016 TBF/FLW High School Fishing Illinois State Championship tournament on Clinton Lake. DEWITT, Ill. (April 5, 2016) – The Sangamon Valley High ...
  • The Ultimate Bass Fishing Resource Guide
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  • 4/6/2016 12:19:35 AM
  • ‘Alien fish’ caught by teen identified as rare albino swell shark
  • An 18-year-old boy from Illinois had Facebook buzzing after posting a photo of a unique, alien-like shark he caught while fishing off the coast of Mexico. Scott McLaughlin and his dad, Russell, went on a fishing trip with a guide on March 28 in the Sea of
  • KFOR-TV
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  • 4/5/2016 11:58:07 PM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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Illinois Weather

Park City, IL (60085)

Updated on 09:53 AM

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71°F 

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Wind:210° 7 Kt
Humidity:38% 
Dew Point:44°F
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Sunrise: 05:35 AM 

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