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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.

  • Dog(fish) days and early kings: End of summer Chicago fishing
  • 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) and bullfrog or green frogs in Indiana. Bluegill are on the outside weed lines or ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 8/24/2016 2:48:31 AM
  • Fish processing plant bringing jobs to Peoria's south side
  • Kencor Ethnic Foods wants to use the building to process catfish. Kencor is relocating from Kenosha, Wisconsin, and considered multiple towns along the Illinois River for its new plant. Project coordinator Kevin Evans says, "One of the issues in Kenosha is
  • Central Illinois Proud
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  • 8/23/2016 10:09:21 PM
  • Fighting the Fish: Part 2
  • Gripping the handle of his outboard motor and scanning the shoreline, Charlie Gilpin navigates his boat around a horseshoe-shaped island in the Illinois River near LaSalle. “I’m a commercial fisherman … I’ve been doing that almost all my life ...
  • WAND 17 HD
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  • 8/23/2016 7:36:02 AM
  • 4 new laws expand hunting, fishing opportunities in Illinois
  • Four new laws that took effect Monday seek to expand hunting opportunities and fishing opportunities while protecting state lands and wildlife. The laws were signed Saturday by Gov. Bruce Rauner during Conservation Day at the Illinois State Fair.
  • Northwest Herald
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  • 8/22/2016 11:43:35 PM
  • Four new laws expand hunting and fishing opportunities in Illinois
  • Four new laws that take effect today seek to expand hunting opportunities and fishing opportunities while protecting state lands and wildlife. The laws were signed Saturday by Gov. Bruce Rauner during Conservation Day at the Illinois State Fair. Senate ...
  • Northwest Herald
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  • 8/22/2016 12:52:11 PM
  • Fighting the Fish: Part 1
  • On a mild August Monday, Kevin Irons and Matt O’Hara of the Illinois DNR launch their boat onto the Illinois River at Havana. Outfitted with electrofishing equipment, which can stun and immobilize fish so they can be measured, the two men are in search ...
  • WAND 17 HD
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  • 8/22/2016 5:35:32 AM
  • Governor signs hunting and fishing bills at state fair
  • (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed four bills on hunting and fishing during Conservation Day at the Illinois State Fair. A news release from the governor’s office emphasizes, in particular, a bill that extends the youth license program from just ...
  • KWQC
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  • 8/20/2016 5:55:12 PM
  • Governor signs hunting and fishing bills at state fair
  • SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed four bills on hunting and fishing during Conservation Day at the Illinois State Fair. A news release from the governor's office emphasizes, in particular, a bill that extends the youth license program .
  • Pantagraph
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  • 8/20/2016 4:00:40 PM
  • We fish southern Wisconsin’s Geneva Lake and learn about WeFishASA
  • a nationally recognized organization for conservation excellence in Illinois. Currently Dave sits on the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) retail show committee, which is now owned by NMMA. His whole life revolves around his passion for the industry.
  • Outdoor News
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  • 8/19/2016 5:27:46 PM
  • The vagaries of summer: At least in Chicago fishing
  • So plan accordingly for lakefront access, it’s the packed weekend. 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) and bullfrog or ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 8/17/2016 1:45:14 AM
  • Rauner signs 4 hunting and fishing bills at Illinois State Fair
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed four bills on hunting and fishing during Conservation Day at the Illinois State Fair. A news release from the governor's office emphasizes, in particular, a bill that extends the youth license program from just hunting and ...
  • Chicago Tribune
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  • 8/16/2016 11:57:52 PM
  • Celebrating a century of bird conservation
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Audubon Society Chicago Region and other Illinois state and city partners hosted a celebration on August 12 to recognize the Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial and their local conservation program Bird Your Park.
  • www.fws.gov
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  • 8/15/2016 7:41:21 PM
  • Youth Fishing League Teaches Kids Life Lessons While Enjoying Nature
  • The Marquette Park lagoon is stocked with fish provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources four times a year, DeLeonardis said. Of the 19 man-made lagoons in Chicago parks available to "Urban Fishermen," 12 either have naturally occurring fish
  • dnainfo.com
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  • 8/15/2016 6:19:37 AM
  • Fishing league turns 20 at Shabbona: With record turnout
  • It’s part of league history. On Tuesday, the league became the first fishing league in modern Illinois to finish its 20th year; and did so with a record 78 kids (3-18). The league began two decades ago when Karen Rivera said there should be a follow-up ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 8/14/2016 12:54:31 PM
  • Gibson, Woods Pace Flying Fish Swimmers at Summer Championship Meets
  • Matt Gibson led the way for age group swimmers representing the YWCA Flying Fish and Ana Woods had the top finishes of the team's senior swimmers at Illinois Swimming's recent long-course summer championship meets. At the Illinois Summer Age Group ...
  • Chicago Tribune
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  • 8/14/2016 5:02:04 AM
  • Plainfield Man Wins $5,000 Playing FLW Fantasy Fishing
  • Lajos Draviczki of Plainfield, Illinois, correctly picked seven of the top 10 finishers at last week’s Forrest Wood Cup championship on Wheeler Lake presented by Walmart. For his picks, Draviczki won $5,000 by playing FLW Fantasy Fishing, held in ...
  • Fishing World
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  • 8/12/2016 2:34:07 AM
  • Once-hated fish now seen as weapon
  • CHICAGO (AP) - It's a toothy giant that can grow longer than a horse and heavier than a refrigerator, a fearsome-looking prehistoric fish that plied U.S. waters from the Gulf of Mexico to Illinois until it disappeared from many states a half-century ago.
  • Lewistown Sentinel
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  • 8/11/2016 4:22:41 AM
  • Gibson, Woods pace Flying Fish swimmers
  • Lily Consiglio and Matt Gibson. Matt Gibson led the way for age group swimmers representing the YWCA Flying Fish and Ana Woods had the top finishes of the team’s senior swimmers at Illinois Swimming’s recent long-course summer championship meets.
  • Evanston Now
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  • 8/11/2016 3:32:34 AM
  • Gone fishing: Illinois man snags his 'Walter' on Clear Lake
  • CLEAR LAKE | By luck and circumstance, Rob Baker reeled in the largest freshwater fish of his life on Clear Lake Friday. In town for the Clear Lake classic car show, he was out with friend Jason Kirkpatrick and Jason's mother, Beth, on a Cobalt speedboat .
  • Globe Gazette
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  • 8/9/2016 12:10:20 PM
  • Gone fishing: Illinois man lands his 'Walter' on Clear Lake
  • CLEAR LAKE | By luck and circumstance, Rob Baker reeled in the largest freshwater fish of his life on Clear Lake Friday. In town for the Clear Lake classic car show, he was out with friend Jason Kirkpatrick and Jason's mother, Beth, on a Cobalt speedboat .
  • Globe Gazette
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  • 8/9/2016 12:10:20 PM
  • Illinois Looks to Revive Its Population of Ancient, Ugly River Fish
  • A freshwater beast so loathsome sport fishermen used to deliberately kill it instead of releasing it back into the wild is getting a shot at a comeback in rivers around Illinois. The alligator gar is a massive, freshwater fish with a long, rectangular jaw
  • The Wall Street Journal
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  • 8/7/2016 9:42:23 AM
  • Paul Jakubiak on fly-fishing, downtown culture, river stigmas
  • You have people traveling right now because we're the only fly-fishing shop anywhere around here. We have people from Illinois and Indiana coming up, you know? I think there are people that would use that the same way now that they're learning that the ...
  • Battle Creek Enquirer
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  • 8/6/2016 12:28:13 PM
  • Alligator gar as a weapon against Asian Carp? No more than a fish tale
  • PEORIA — You may have read reports about the "toothy giant that can grow longer than a horse and heavier than a refrigerator" roaming Illinois waterways, but the story, like so many tales of fish, seems to have outgrown its origin. "Now we're trying to ...
  • State Journal Register
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  • 8/5/2016 9:04:48 PM
  • Alligator gar as a weapon against Asian Carp? No more than a fish tale
  • PEORIA — You may have read reports about the "toothy giant that can grow longer than a horse and heavier than a refrigerator" roaming Illinois waterways, but the story, like so many tales of fish, seems to have outgrown its origin. "Now we're trying to ...
  • Washington Times Reporter
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  • 8/4/2016 11:43:28 PM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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Illinois Weather

Peoria, IL (61602)

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