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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.

  • 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 .
  • WSIL TV
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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 www.carypark.com.
  • Northwest Herald
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  • 9/22/2016 11:53:57 AM
  • Sports: Hunting and Fishing Days still going strong
  • Logan College campus in Carterville will be turned into an outdoors paradise for National Hunting and Fishing Days. The Southern Illinois Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Days is set for Sept. 24-25. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
  • The Southern
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  • 9/22/2016 8:54:59 AM
  • OUTDOORS: Local boy makes good at fishing tourney
  • Participants from seven states were involved. Partak finished 10th overall and came in first in the Illinois Division. Contestants who fish these events are looking forward to fishing "Living the Dream," another TBF Federation National Championship.
  • The Times
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  • 9/21/2016 8:59:10 PM
  • Steve Sarley: Outdoors fishing report, notes
  • Northern Illinois:Dave Kranz from Dave’s Bait, Tackle and Taxidermy in Crystal Lake reports: “Fall is here and some of the best fishing of the year can be had if you are not out hunting. There is no spawn to worry about, the fish are just putting on ...
  • Northwest Herald
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  • 9/21/2016 6:21:41 PM
  • Engberg: Wisconsin's top five fall fishing spots
  • Gene also guides and is on top of the Lake Mendota fishing scene. Madison is only 70 miles from Milwaukee, 125 miles from Chicago, and 70 miles from Rockford, Illinois. Daryl Christensen, a pro angler and fishing guide from Montello, (608)-296-3068 ...
  • Post-Crescen Media
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  • 9/21/2016 5:02:56 PM
  • Southern Illinois Hunting & Fishing Days return to JALC
  • CARTERVILLE -- Outdoor enthusiasts can get their fix this weekend (Sept. 24 & 25) at John A Logan College. Thousands of people will be on hand in main parking lot of the college for Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days. Events are from 9 a.m. to 5 p
  • WSIL TV
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  • 9/21/2016 3:55:32 AM
  • Back to summer: The ups and downs of Chicago fishing
  • St. Croix River(Wisconsin/Minnesota boundary water): from October 1 to October 15. The season is open in Illinois for bullfrogs (sport fishing license required, may be taken by hook and line, gig, pitchfork, spear, bow and arrow, hand or landing net ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 9/21/2016 2:58:16 AM
  • Shoraga wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Shelbyville
  • The Ultimate Bass Fishing Resource Guide SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (Sept. 19, 2016) – Dan Shoraga of West Frankfort, Illinois, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 12 pounds, 1 ounce, Sunday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division Super Tournament .
  • The Ultimate Bass Fishing Resource Guide
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  • 9/20/2016 1:40:42 AM
  • VIDEO: War stories meet fish tales in Spring Valley
  • Anyone in the Illinois Valley with a rod, reel and a little bit of time on their hands is probably a fishing veteran. But every year, on a Saturday in September, the Spring Valley Walleye Club organizes an event that makes those words more literal.
  • News Tribune
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  • 9/17/2016 2:34:22 AM
  • MC Soil & Water District Annual Fall Fish Sale
  • The District will again offer Illinois raised fish for pond stocking. 9 varieties of fish will be sold. They are channel cat, albino catfish, largemouth bass, flathead minnows, black crappie, hybrid sunfish, bluegill, redear and triploid grass carp.
  • WJBD Radio
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  • 9/15/2016 4:05:38 PM
  • Sarley: Lake Geneva's fish population in excellent condition
  • Illinois anglers spend quite a bit of time on waters north of our state’s border in the land of cheese. The Wisconsin waterway of choice for most Illinois fishermen is Lake Geneva. Geneva is an incredible fishery, and any time an angler throws a line ...
  • Northwest Herald
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  • 9/14/2016 4:13:58 PM
  • Turn toward fall: Changing options around Chicago fishing
  • St. Croix River(Wisconsin/Minnesota boundary water): from October 1 to October 15. The season is open in Illinois for bullfrogs (sport fishing license required, may be taken by hook and line, gig, pitchfork, spear, bow and arrow, hand or landing net ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 9/14/2016 3:06:34 AM
  • Ted Peck: Federal oversight hits fishing guides with fees
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is in the final stages of sorting out “compatibility definitions” on acceptable uses of the Upper Mississippi Refuge that runs about 260 miles from Winona, Minnesota, to Savanna, Illinois. Refuge Manager Sabrina ...
  • Gazette Xtra
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  • 9/11/2016 11:02:34 AM
  • Fishing club catches on at UW-Whitewater
  • However, the prey of choice for most serious members is bass. Matacynski's tournament partner is club president Steve Nebel, a senior from Inverness, Illinois, who has been fishing since age 2 or 3. Nebel's older brother, Jack, graduated from UW-Whitewater
  • Walworth County Today
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  • 9/8/2016 5:44:00 AM
  • Red Dog Saloon is hosting weekend fundraiser for Fishing for Freedom
  • The sleepy little river town of Meyer, Illinois will be the site of the 2nd Annual Fishing for Freedom fundraiser hosted by the Red Dog Saloon on Saturday, September 10th. Fishing for Freedom offers veterans a weekend filled with various events with a ...
  • khqa.com
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  • 9/6/2016 9:52:45 PM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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Illinois Weather

Rockford, IL (61104)

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