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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.

  • Michigan revises plan to reduce Lake Michigan fish stocking
  • Michigan recently agreed with Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and native tribes to decrease annual Lake Michigan stocking by about 17 percent from current levels because of a shortage of prey fish. Each state adopted its own plan to help reach the target.
  • Pantagraph
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  • 10/21/2016 6:57:41 PM
  • SIU Divine Nine Greek organizations hosting fish fry on Friday
  • CARBONDALE — Southern Illinois University's Black Graduate Greek Council of Carbondale is hosting a fundraising fish fry and social during the university's homecoming celebration this Friday. The event will run from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 ...
  • The Southern
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  • 10/20/2016 10:44:57 AM
  • Dock makes enjoying fishing possible for more
  • Williams, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Coordinator for Disabled Outdoor Opportunities, was still in shock as he spoke to the crowd gathered on Friday for the Millikin women’s basketball team’s mobility challenged fishing event.
  • Herald & Review
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  • 10/19/2016 2:53:41 AM
  • Dock makes enjoying fishing a possibility for more
  • Williams, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Coordinator for Disabled Outdoor Opportunities, was still in shock as he spoke to the crowd gathered on Friday for the Millikin women’s basketball team’s mobility challenged fishing event.
  • Herald & Review
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  • 10/19/2016 2:53:41 AM
  • Swinging conditions, fall Chicago fishing: Midwest Fishing Report
  • Sand at Illinois Beach SP); McHenry (Spring Grove Hatchery Pond); Will (Lake Strini, Van Horn Woods). Fall and fishing goes together almost as well as baseball and fall go together. For a change, Chicago fits into that mix of fall and baseball. With that .
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 10/18/2016 11:11:47 PM
  • Lake Jacksonville shocked for fish study
  • Lake Jacksonville was in for a shock as the Illinois Department of Resources concluded its bi-annual electrofishing survey to uncover the state of the fish population in the lake. Data from the lake was released Tuesday from the Sept. 29 electrofishing ...
  • My Journal Courier
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  • 10/14/2016 9:04:41 AM
  • 'Fishing with Fuqua' a YouTube success
  • While it’s tempting to write off Fuqua as an idealistic 12-year-old, he earned some credibility during the Southern Illinois Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Days, winning the King Catfish Tournament. Fuqua weighed in a 22-pound channel ...
  • The Southern
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  • 10/13/2016 7:54:18 AM
  • Fantasy Fishing Becomes Reality For One Illinois Angler
  • CJ Meyer of Greenville, Ill., pictured with two of his sons, finished the 2016 Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing season with a total of 11,160 points earning him the grand prize of a Triton 189 TrX bass boat with a Yamaha VF150LA outboard, a MotorGuide trolling .
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  • 10/11/2016 7:06:33 AM
  • Docks Were Focal Point For Jenkel
  • Pitching and flipping is something I like to do and something I’m okay at. A lot of Illinois fisheries are pretty tough so even when I had a lull, I felt like was around the right fish. It didn’t spin me out. I kept my head down and kept at it.”
  • BassFan
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  • 10/11/2016 4:07:36 AM
  • Sandburg, Andrew fishing club conducts shock survey of Lake Sedgewick
  • The data collected on this day would be used to compare and contrast to the survey the club conducted two years ago with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, he said. Jack Zwartz, a junior at Andrew, was among the avid fishermen eager to get ...
  • Chicago Tribune
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  • 10/10/2016 11:57:04 PM
  • High water impact on local commercial fishing industry
  • THOMPSON, Illinois — For Schafer Fisheries, the smell of fish is the smell of money. "We source from so many different areas that we get fish all the time," said Michael Schafer, owner of Schafer Fisheries. On Monday, workers cleaned buffalo fish on a ...
  • WQAD
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  • 10/10/2016 11:42:45 PM
  • Eat the Invaders, says Wildlife Forever
  • Conference attendees were treated to a rare delicacy, smoked Asian Carp compliments of Wildlife Forever and Schafer Fisheries, a commercial fish operator from Illinois. Featuring the delicacy of Asian carp at the opening reception spotlights the important
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  • 10/7/2016 6:56:59 AM
  • These Birds LOVE The Chicago River — And The Fish That Swim In It
  • One of the fish-eating birds is the Black Crowned Night Heron, which is endangered in Illinois, but can almost always be found at the Chicago River at the River Park's small waterfall. Frisbie said her group is trying to attract more ospreys by building ..
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  • 10/6/2016 8:02:36 AM
  • Below the Waterline: Now hear this: Volunteerism rules in the outdoors
  • The Sam Leman Outdoor Team is a growing organization that has had active participation on several fronts including the Sam Leman EverBloom Tournament Trail, the Clinton Lake Jackpot Trail, Wild Turkey Federation, the Illinois State Fishing Team and ...
  • Pantagraph
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  • 10/5/2016 6:55:11 PM
  • Environmental DNA Used to Provide Early Detection of Invasive Crayfish
  • US - A University of Illinois researcher and his colleagues have analyzed environmental DNA (eDNA) to successfully detect the presence of the highly invasive rusty crayfish in a dozen Wisconsin lakes. Using eDNA to monitor hard to detect species can ...
  • The Fish Site
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  • 10/5/2016 7:13:40 AM
  • Moline’s Prospect Pond gets stocked for trout fishing season
  • MOLINE, Illinois -- About 1,000 Rainbow Trout were stocked into Prospect Pond in preparation for the fishing season. With trout season officially opening Saturday, October 8, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources stocked the pond on Tuesday ...
  • WQAD
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  • 10/4/2016 7:53:38 PM
  • Forest Preserves of Cook County prepares for trout fishing
  • The Forest Preserves of Cook County 2016 fall inland trout fishing season will open Saturday, Oct. 15. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be providing and stocking 1,255 pounds of catchable-sized rainbow trout in the 1/2 to 1 pound size ...
  • Daily Herald
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  • 10/3/2016 9:03:25 AM
  • Busse Woods fall fishing season begins Oct. 15
  • The fall fishing season in the Cook County Forest Preserves opens Oct. 15, including at Busse Reservoir, North Pool in Elk Grove Village, where the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will stock 2,800 pounds of rainbow trout. The forest preserves ...
  • Daily Herald
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  • 9/30/2016 5:46:33 AM
  • Once-despised giant fish now seen as saviour
  • It’s a toothy giant that can grow longer than a horse and heavier than a refrigerator, a fearsome-looking prehistoric fish that plied US waters from the Gulf of Mexico to Illinois until it disappeared from many states a half-century ago. Persecuted by ...
  • NT News
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  • 9/26/2016 4:25:23 AM
  • Hunting & Fishing Days draws thousands
  • They came by the thousands over the weekend to the campus of John A. Logan College in Carterville to take in the 29th annual Southern Illinois Hunting & Fishing Days extravaganza, where fun, food and fellowship could be found in abundance. Charli Smith of
  • The Daily Republican
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  • 9/25/2016 10:48:57 PM
  • Back again: Notes on Mayor’s Fishing Advisory Committee meeting
  • Palmisano had me (Dale Bowman) tell the tale of Ricardo Cruz weighing his Illinois-record whitefish at Henry’s this summer. It was caught while perch fishing at Montrose. Discussion ensued about how bigger ones were caught this spring and not weighed.
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 9/23/2016 10:37:00 PM
  • John A. Logan gets ready for Hunting and Fishing Days
  • CARTERVILLE -- Saturday, the 29th annual Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days kick off at John A. Logan College. More than 200 vendors set up tents on Logan's parking lot, hoping to catch the attention of outdoors fans of all kinds. Business owners .
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  • 9/23/2016 8:25:10 AM
  • Happy Trails Fishing Derby
  • Fishing poles, tackle and bait will be provided or bring your own. Those 16 years and older must have a current Illinois fishing license. Free. Information: 847-639-6100 or
  • Northwest Herald
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  • 9/22/2016 11:53:57 AM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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Illinois Weather

Rockford, IL (61104)

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