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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.

  • Lent is a busy time for businesses selling fish
  • Michelle Butler, a cook at Babe's Fish Wagon in East Cape Girardeau, Illinois, said the restaurant prepares for its biggest crowds on the Fridays between Ash Wednesday and Easter. Thursday through Saturday year-round, Babe's serves catfish, buffalo and ...
  • Southeast Missourian
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  • 2/12/2016 5:55:39 AM
  • The World of Woods for Smoking Your Game & Fish
  • Others should be avoided like the plague! In our travels around the globe, we’ve had smoked meats, fish, poultry, sausage and jerky made with everything from the Colorado Aspens and Illinois corn cobs, to Manzanita from Mexico, Malaysian sugar cane and ...
  • Ammo Land
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  • 2/11/2016 6:35:37 PM
  • Wisconsin Fishing Expo has statewide appeal
  • It features about 200 manufacturers and exhibitors, 20 fishing seminars over three days, and total attendance of about 20,000 anglers from across the state, as well as Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota. The show’s name probably has a familiar ring for ...
  • Green Bay Press-Gazette
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  • 2/11/2016 11:11:48 AM
  • Fishing contest draws nearly 2,000
  • Larry Marliere moved to Park Rapids from Illinois three years ago and said this was his first fishing derby ever. When asked if he was catching anything, his response: “Just a cold.” It was noted he had the “primo people watching spot.”
  • Park Rapids Enterprise
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  • 2/10/2016 9:21:26 PM
  • Highland Knights of Columbus to hold Lenten fish fries
  • Highland Knights of Columbus Council 1580, located at 12454 Illinois Route 143, will hold their Lenten fish fries starting on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, and every Friday through Lent, including Good Friday, March 25. Serving runs from serving 4:30 to 7:30 ...
  • BND
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  • 2/8/2016 1:28:22 AM
  • Battered or broiled: Fish fries offer diners a lot to chew on
  • The town of Beloit supper club gets many customers from Illinois, which does not have the fish fry tradition. When they arrive, they order—what else?—the classic brandy Old Fashioned. “Hands down, the brandy Old Fashioned remains the most popular ...
  • Gazette Xtra
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  • 2/6/2016 9:04:42 PM
  • Bluegill: 4 Facts About Illinois' Official State Fish
  • Chosen by school children as the state fish of Illinois in 1986, the bluegill is very common fish in the Prairie State's numerous lakes. It is a member of the sunfish family that can be recognized by its "stripy olive to yellow colors and its distinctive .
  • News Max
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  • 2/4/2016 6:08:07 PM
  • Sarley: Ed Klepacki, Jim Miller make a dynamic walleye fishing duo
  • If you have not heard of Ed Klepacki and Jim Miller, a pair of walleye fishermen from northern Illinois, you should. Wonder Lake’s Klepacki and Ingleside’s Miller were the winners of the 2015 Cabela’s National Team Championship in walleye fishing.
  • Northwest Herald
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  • 2/3/2016 5:54:59 PM
  • 9th Annual Southern IL Boat and Fishing Show coming to Marion
  • Spring is returning soon and with that the 9th Annual Southern Illinois Boat and Fishing Show will be held at The Pavilion in Marion, Illinois. The show will be from February 5-February 7; it will begin at 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on ..
  • KFVS12
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  • 2/2/2016 11:58:16 AM
  • 9th Annual Southern IL Boat and Fishing Show to kick off in Marion
  • Spring is returning soon and with that the 9th Annual Southern Illinois Boat and Fishing Show will be held at The Pavilion in Marion, Illinois. The show will be from February 5-February 7; it will begin at 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on ..
  • KFVS12
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  • 2/2/2016 11:58:16 AM
  • Lawrence Academy's Eddy Fish flips commitment to Illinois
  • Brendan C. Hall joined ESPNBoston.com as a high schools reporter/editor in May 2010, after four years covering high schools for The Boston Globe. The Westminster, Mass. native also served on the Globe's Bruins beat in 2009.
  • ESPN
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  • 2/1/2016 8:42:00 PM
  • State Sues Illinois Dairy After Sewage Runoff Kills 200,000 Fish
  • Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed suit last month against Stone Ridge Dairy, the biggest dairy in Illinois located near Bellflower, for allegedly contaminating nearby waterbodies with sewage runoff on three separate occasions. The runoff releases, said .
  • Progress Illinois
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  • 1/29/2016 11:48:41 AM
  • Boat and fishing show tackles southern Illinois
  • MARION -- We may be in the heart of winter, but it's never too early to start thinking about warmer weather and the great outdoors. The Southern Illinois Boat and Fishing Show returns to the Marion Pavilion February 5-7. The three-day event features ...
  • WSIL TV
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  • 1/29/2016 8:35:25 AM
  • Illinois sues dairy over fish-killing sewage runoff
  • BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) – A central Illinois dairy faces a lawsuit that claims runoff from the operation’s septic system killed hundreds of thousands of fish. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office filed the lawsuit last month against Stone ...
  • Fox2now
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  • 1/28/2016 7:35:10 PM
  • Family-friendly fishing, travel expo returns to Schaumburg
  • Pro fishermen will be demonstrating new and tried-and-true lures. The Northern Illinois Raptor Center, a charitable organization formed to bring together specialists in education, conservation, research, veterinary medicine and the cultural heritage of ...
  • Daily Herald
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  • 1/25/2016 9:15:57 AM
  • Fish & Feather returning to Twin Cities
  • BLOOMINGTON — The Illinois Fish & Feather Expo returns to Bloomington with a three-day show this weekend at the Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market St. Featured speaker Jim Crowley will talk about big game fishing in Canada and large-mouth bass fishing on ..
  • Pantagraph
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  • 1/25/2016 6:38:28 AM
  • Folsom Lake and American River fishing improves as water levels rise
  • ROGUE RIVER, Grant’s Pass, Oregon “We might be fishing by Thursday, maybe, on the Applegate or Illinois Rivers,” said Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle in Grants Pass. “Those rivers are not as high as the Rogue and should be dropping sooner.
  • TheSacramento Bee
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  • 1/25/2016 4:08:09 AM
  • Below the Waterline: Outdoors event offers something for everyone
  • It is free and open to the public. There will be door prize giveaways. The event is a great place for high school fishing teams to talk to area experts about the upcoming Illinois High School Association state championship series. It is a chance to get ...
  • Pantagraph
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  • 1/20/2016 6:54:32 PM
  • Winter bites: Ice fishing season heats up in Lake County
  • On Feb. 14 and 15, the Thirsty Turtle will again host the Northern Illinois Conservation Club's ice fishing tournament, which started back in 1960 and is believed to be the oldest continuous outdoor winter event in the state. Sowinsky said her pub is also
  • Chicago Tribune
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  • 1/17/2016 5:46:31 PM
  • How Hunting and Fishing Inspired Standard Brewing Company's Wade Waller
  • I had a few [college scholarship] offers, but none that were all that great." Luckily, he had a backup plan. A Carbondale, Illinois native, Waller grew up with an appreciation for food. "My dad hunted and fished," Waller recalls. "I was always around deer
  • Riverfront Times
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  • 1/15/2016 8:23:23 AM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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