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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.

  • Chicago fishing: IDNR explanation on smallmouth record
  • The fisheries staff at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources did not have much choice on whether or not they could accept Doug Busch’s application for the smallmouth bass record, the wildest big-story I have ever covered. Click here for the origin .
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  • 7/20/2014 6:15:27 AM
  • Maciulis: Going fishing? Know the keys
  • Ed once held the Illinois record for the hybrid striper. He guided at Heidecke for many years, and was the Park Ranger overseeing the 1,600-some acre cooling lake. Heidecke, which is within the Goose Lake Prairie State Fish and Wildlife Area, between Route
  • Southtown Star Sun-Times
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  • 7/18/2014 11:28:37 PM
  • Chicago fishing: Smallmouth record not accepted
  • As seemed inevitable, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources had to decline Doug Busch’s smallmouth bass as the Illinois record. Despite witnesses willing to take lie-detector tests, the IDNR fisheries folks had to decline the record without an ...
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  • 7/17/2014 6:36:19 PM
  • Chicago fishing: Illinois record smallmouth?
  • Is it the Illinois record smallmouth, or rather should it be the Illinois record smallmouth? In today’s column on the Sun-Times outdoors page, I breakdown the twisted and somewhat sad tale of Doug Busch’s catch from Monroe Harbor.
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  • 7/16/2014 6:20:12 AM
  • Below the waterline: Better fishing means more catch and release
  • It’s amazing how many folks from outside the area make the trek to our lakes. Not hard to understand, as resources are very limited in Illinois and folks who love to fish go to places where they can "catch" fish. You can fish in a swimming pool ...
  • Pantagraph
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  • 7/9/2014 6:52:57 PM
  • Illinois inventor creates fishing line Untwister
  • SPRING VALLEY, Ill. — Ray Segatti loves fishing, making his own lures, tying flies and trolling for northern pike and anything else that might grab hold of his creations, whether he's fishing in the Illinois Valley or on Butternut Lake in Wisconsin.
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  • 7/4/2014 9:11:54 AM
  • Friends of the Chicago River hosts Big Fish Ball
  • Ruscitti to name Kirk Dillard’s replacement in the Illinois Senate July 7 5:05 p.m. The Event: On June 5, the riverbank at Merchandise Mart was awash with nearly 500 supporters for the Friends of the Chicago River’s annual Big Fish Ball. As the only ...
  • The Doings Clarendon Hills
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  • 7/3/2014 6:45:45 PM
  • WWW Chicago outdoors: Organized fishing & berries
  • I plan to be at the Big Bass Bash in Portage Saturday afternoon, then celebrating the reopening of July to fishing for yellow perch in the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan on Tuesday with a combination of shore and boat fishing in Chicago. In between ...
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  • 6/27/2014 6:42:44 AM
  • 17-month-old wins Lake Barrington Shores fishing contest
  • It was her first time fishing and she received a prize of her choosing along with a catch and release certificate from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Children signed up for the contest with their first names only. Other winners were Chase ..
  • Barrington Courier-Review
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  • 6/26/2014 6:39:44 PM
  • 06/25: Midwest Fishing Report 06/25: Fish of the Week
  • REMINDER: IDNR director Marc Miller opened July this year for perch fishing in Illinois. CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle: With current, walleye are good relatively shallow on leeches and crawlers. Bluegills remain shallow, and catfish are much improved on ...
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 6/24/2014 5:44:51 PM
  • 6/25: Midwest Fishing Report and Fish of the Week
  • REMINDER: IDNR director Marc Miller opened July this year for perch fishing in Illinois. CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle: With current, walleye are good relatively shallow on leeches and crawlers. Bluegills remain shallow, and catfish are much improved on ...
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 6/24/2014 5:44:51 PM
  • Maciulis: Fishing For a Cure aides Coal City and Diamond communities
  • Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to be able to slip behind the curtain to see just how our fisheries are managed. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources took a quantum leap during the days when a group of talented, dedicated and passionate young .
  • Southtown Star Sun-Times
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  • 6/20/2014 11:33:11 PM
  • Go fishing
  • The Central Illinois Urban Fishing Program even offers free fishing at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 9. You can call the park district at (217) 422-5911 to register. Or you can register your kids for Earth Adventures summer camp ...
  • Herald & Review
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  • 6/20/2014 4:30:51 PM
  • 6/18: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week
  • FOX RIVER: Ken Gortowski: Back to fishing the creeks with higher river levels. ILLINOIS RIVER: SPRING VALLEY: Time on the Water Outdoors: Catfish are top bite with water up, best toward lake mouths of backwaters or lakes with cut bait or stinkbait.
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 6/17/2014 9:20:44 PM
  • Expanded effort targets invasive fish species
  • The Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced that all the Great Lakes states and various agencies and organizations were joining forces to search for invasive fish in Calumet Harbor and the Illinois and Indiana near-shore waters of Lake Michigan .
  • Post-Tribune
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  • 6/16/2014 9:29:05 PM
  • Perch fishing will be open in July
  • July will be open for perch fishermen. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will announce Monday that July will be open for fishermen to catch yellow perch in the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan for the first time since 2001. IDNR director Marc ..
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 6/15/2014 8:11:32 PM
  • Illinois lake closed because of fish kill
  • WILMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A lake southwest of Chicago has been closed to the public after officials discovered that virtually all of the fish in it did not survive the long, brutal winter. Site superintendent of Milliken Lake at the Des Plaines State Fish ..
  • Pantagraph
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  • 6/13/2014 2:23:09 PM
  • 06/11: Midwest Fishing Report 06/11: Fish of the Week
  • FOX RIVER: Ken Gortowski: Creek bite has all but died, but he has not yet figured out the smallmouth pattern on the river. ILLINOIS RIVER: Spring Valley: Frank Hyla, Time on the Water Outdoors: Catfish are top bite on cut shad or stinkbait. White bass are
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 6/10/2014 8:38:56 PM
  • Family Fishing Fair set for Saturday
  • GRAFTON — The 24th annual Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair will be Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Pere Marquette State Park near Grafton on Illinois 100. Some favorites include: a catch-and-release bluegill pond, where young fishermen can have their ...
  • State Journal Register
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  • 6/6/2014 1:38:21 AM
  • Fish of the Week: North & South, walleye & largemouth
  • Kushnerik was a success story out of Marist’s bass-fishing program. Just after graduating, Nick Engel and Kushnerik won the 2012 Illinois Student Angler Federation High School Fishing State Championship on Lake Shelbyville. Tom Nicholson of Schiller Park .
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  • 6/5/2014 5:57:14 AM
  • City of Elgin’s ‘Fish for Fun’ set for Saturday at nature center
  • The State of Illinois waives fishing license requirements on the first Saturday of June every year. City staff and Ikes’ volunteers will be on hand for the registration, weighing, recording, and releasing the fish. Children are encouraged to bring their ..
  • The Courier-News
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  • 6/3/2014 11:53:21 PM
  • Midwest Fishing Report: Fish of the week
  • ILLINOIS RIVER: Time on the Water Outdoors: Catfish top bite on cut bait (shad if you can find them) or stinkbait. KANKAKEE RIVER: Norm Minas: Some smallmouth on beds, rock bass close to spawning, catfish picking up; best is a jig and plastic craw tossed .
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 6/3/2014 7:28:30 PM
  • For the record, fishing in Illinois is certainly worth it
  • Ihave almost given up on the Illinois record smallmouth bass being caught from Lake Michigan, even though I am certain it swims around the Chicago shoreline. It’s been more than five years since Joe Egan came close. On April 25, 2009, the Oak Lawn man ...
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 6/3/2014 6:52:42 PM
  • Great Lakes states join forces to fish for invasive species
  • The Illinois Department of Natural Resources joined state agencies from Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota on Wednesday to complete an "invasive fish surveillance exercise" in Calumet Harbor. Federal wildlife agencies also assisted. The harbor is located on .
  • Peoria Journal Star
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  • 5/29/2014 3:31:02 PM
  • Senate OKs reducing hunting, fishing fees for some seniors
  • Sportsmen and women older than 75 would pay just $1 for hunting and fishing licenses under legislation the Illinois Senate has approved. The measure is sponsored by Rep. Jack Franks — a Marengo Democrat. It must return to the House for approval on Senate .
  • State Journal Register
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  • 5/29/2014 11:06:11 AM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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