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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.

  • Flood water clean up is still not over for riverside buisnesses
  • They had to close down after the Illinois River flooded their fish ponds. Now more than a month later staff ... to 5 thousand dollars in donations,” said Dan Gannaway of Hooked on Fishing. The park is kicking off their reopening with a kids fishing ...
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  • 7/31/2015 11:52:46 PM
  • Full moon fishing produces tourney leader
  • Fishing with three friends under the light of ... Flies, plugs and spoons are all attracting fish. Through midday Friday, Jeff Gunnlaugsson of Itasca, Illinois was holding onto second place with a 44-inch, 24.56-pound chinook that hit a J-Plug Tuesday ...
  • Green Bay Press-Gazette
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  • 7/31/2015 5:11:54 PM
  • Northern pike invading Lindenhurst lake
  • "It seems like fishing is a popular activity." The Illinois Department of Natural Resources assisted ... because they compete with other fish for minnows. Frank Jakubicek, fisheries biologist for the state agency, said transferring fish from one body ...
  • Daily Herald
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  • 7/31/2015 7:03:27 AM
  • Pike presence in Lindenhurst lake prompts reminder for anglers
  • "It seems like fishing is a popular activity." The Illinois Department of Natural Resources assisted ... because they compete with other fish for minnows. Frank Jakubicek, fisheries biologist for the state agency, said transferring fish from one body ...
  • Daily Herald
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  • 7/31/2015 5:23:14 AM
  • Fishing Report: July 31-Aug. 2
  • pink and white tub jigs, small and medium minnows and meal worms fishing the main lake drop-off areas around the Gun Creek area. From shore, fish near structures with ... Department of Conservation and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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  • 7/31/2015 5:01:46 AM
  • Bangert: Fishing with dad, casting for time
  • We talked about what to do about stuff in their house — the clocks from abandoned central Illinois ... than one fishing friend up North.) It felt right to talk it out. Felt right to deal with it right then and there. Lord knows the fish, stubborn and ...
  • Jconline.com
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  • 7/30/2015 4:01:31 PM
  • High-tech fishing project needs public’s help collecting information
  • Hintz, a University of Southern Illinois post-doctorate research associate, is leading the fish survey. Since spring ... The program is also relying on help from local fishing groups and the state Department of Conservation’s angler diary program ...
  • The Record
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  • 7/30/2015 3:54:21 PM
  • High-tech fishing project needs public’s help collecting information
  • Hintz, a University of Southern Illinois post-doctorate research associate, is leading the fish survey. Since spring ... The program is also relying on help from local fishing groups and the state Department of Conservation’s angler diary program ...
  • Saratogian
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  • 7/30/2015 3:54:21 PM
  • Column: Lake Michigan King Salmon
  • Steph and I had the opportunity to head out to the North Point Marina located in the North Eastern part of Illinois which is in the town of ... "As most anglers are aware ,Chris, summer time fishing on Lake Michigan can be both quite dangerous as well ...
  • Bennington Banner
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  • 7/30/2015 11:00:52 AM
  • Flooding delays Illinois' Redneck Fishing Tournament
  • Anglers hoping to eliminate a few invasive Asian carp at the 10th annual Redneck Fishing Tournament in central Illinois will have to wait until ... Instead, participants use nets and their hands to grab the fish as they leap into the air.
  • Peoria Journal Star
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  • 7/30/2015 9:56:26 AM
  • Flooding delays Illinois' Redneck Fishing Tournament
  • (AP) — Anglers hoping to eliminate a few invasive Asian carp at the 10th annual Redneck Fishing Tournament in central Illinois will have to wait until ... participants use nets and their hands to grab the fish as they leap into the air.
  • Pantagraph
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  • 7/30/2015 4:05:41 AM
  • Generous gifts help KC girl enjoy spectacular summer
  • it gave her family a fishing trip to Illinois, complete with special fishing pole for Ava and her siblings. “I catched a fish,” Ava said, smiling. With the money left over from donations, Ava was able to spend her birthday doing more fishing while ...
  • KMBC
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  • 7/30/2015 2:25:28 AM
  • Learning curves: Lemont H.S. team at bass-fishing Nationals
  • I learned everything from how to drive and maintain a boat, finding fish, techniques ... Luke and I will both be attending Illinois State this fall and we are both going to continue on our fishing careers there for their college team.’’
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 7/29/2015 12:06:28 PM
  • Women’s group taking aim
  • Fishing: Learn about fishing techniques and about the many different types of fish in the area. Participants will have ... Page 2 of 2 - • Tree Identification: Identify trees of Illinois and their many uses. • Self-Defense: Learn basic techniques ...
  • ChillicotheTimesBulletin
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  • 7/29/2015 11:30:41 AM
  • Younger generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults
  • Spencer said, "We had to search to find fish on the first two days and just went fishing on day three which turned out ... conference of Keep America Beautiful in Orlando, Fla. The Illinois Top Dawgs, an AAU team comprised of wrestlers from Mahomet-Seymour
  • The News-Gazette
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  • 7/29/2015 6:58:40 AM
  • K/D Salmon Tournament Day 4 Results
  • The group caught only two fish, but one of them was the biggest Fissore's ever caught in 12 years of fishing here. Around 6:30 p.m., the leader board changed ? in a big, long way: Fishing with his dad and brother off Rock Island, Illinois angler Jeff ...
  • Door County Daily News
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  • 7/29/2015 6:22:52 AM
  • Outdoor life very becoming to this group of women
  • But Ingold had to tell the women, who had come to this north central Illinois site to learn as much as ... she told how she learned not just how to drop a fishing line, but how to take the fish off the hook and clean it. “I like that you’re not ...
  • The Sentinel
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  • 7/29/2015 5:54:14 AM
  • Coloma HS students are state fishing champs
  • The two managed to net a five-bass limit, with a total amount of fish tipping the scale at 15 ... them a shot to compete in the High School Fishing Central Conference championship on Lake Carlyle in Illinois in September. They were the only students ...
  • fox17online.com
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  • 7/27/2015 12:48:48 AM
  • Corps lakes fishing action improving
  • Curt Hicken | For The Telegraph This is typically the time of year when fishing at each of Illinois three large U.S. Army Corps ... The gulls are now frequenting the lake and help anglers find feeding fish. Much of the better crappie action has been ...
  • The Telegraph
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  • 7/26/2015 12:02:52 PM
  • Outdoors notebook
  • “Right now, it’s even difficult to fish because of the high water.” The Lower Illinois River near Gore is one of two year-round trout fishing areas in Oklahoma. The other is in McCurtain County at the Lower Mountain Fork River below the Broken Bow Da
  • Oklahoma News
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  • 7/26/2015 5:00:32 AM
  • Illinois Central Wins FLW College Tournament on Mississippi River
  • (July 25, 2015) – The Illinois Central College team of Tyler Rocke of Peoria, Illinois, and Justin Schick of Morton, Illinois, won the FLW College Fishing Central Conference ... “We knew there were bigger fish in the Goose Island area,” said Rocke.
  • The Ultimate Bass Fishing Resource Guide
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  • 7/26/2015 2:51:41 AM
  • Outdoors: Study reveals why bass fishing rocks
  • According to Fish Forever United, out-of-state anglers number 276,000 ... fisheries scientist at the University of Illinois. "Fishing for bass while they are nesting puts the selection on the most aggressive individuals of the population."
  • Detroit Free Press
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  • 7/25/2015 7:20:43 PM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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Illinois Weather

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