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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

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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.

  • Illinois DNR offers free fishing clinics this summer in East Moline
  • EAST MOLINE, Illinois — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is offering free urban fishing clinics at Butterworth pond in East Moline, 2200 block of Archer Drive, this summer. Clinics are geared toward children 16 and younger. Instructors will ...
  • WQAD
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  • 5/22/2016 9:15:00 PM
  • Finally, big bass: Final day, IHSA bass fishing championship
  • CARLYLE, Ill.–Some bigger bass bit Saturday, but not enough for Chicago area schools. Only St. Charles North finished in the top 10 of the Illinois High School Association’s eighth state championship for bass fishing on Carlyle Lake. The North Stars ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 5/22/2016 5:08:38 AM
  • Elverado's Berner, Valerius win state fishing title
  • In dominating fashion, they won the Illinois High School Association’s eighth state championship for bass fishing on Carlyle Lake on Saturday with 21 pounds, 5 ounces. They caught five-fish limits both days, including 11-10 on Day 2, the second biggest ...
  • The Southern
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  • 5/21/2016 6:38:42 PM
  • Young anglers learn the joys of fishing Saturday at Baker Lake
  • “Fishing is an inexpensive activity the whole family can do,” said Aplington, an Illinois and Michigan Canal volunteer. “Nobody can’t fish.” Hoping to impart that lesson on those with tiny hands, volunteers set up a practice station where the ...
  • News Tribune
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  • 5/21/2016 6:17:14 PM
  • Some big bags: Day 1 of IHSA bass fishing state championship
  • CARLYLE, Ill.–Plainfield Central fished lights out Friday. At least enough to be within range of a title in the Illinois High School Association’s eight state championship for bass fishing on Carlyle Lake. The Wildcat duo of Travis Oesterle and David ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 5/21/2016 9:56:09 AM
  • Elverado duo in fourth at state fishing tournament
  • The Falcons positioned themselves well after Day 1 of the Illinois High School Association’s eighth state championship for bass fishing on Carlyle Lake. They weighed one of the six five-fish limits and were in fourth place with 9 pounds, 11 ounces.
  • The Southern
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  • 5/20/2016 7:01:22 PM
  • Trout stream fishing opens May 22
  • Some popular local fisheries opening this Sunday include the Applegate, Chetco, Coos, Illinois, Rogue, and Umpqua rivers in the Southwest Zone. “Already there’s been some great fishing happening in many of the waters that opened in April,” said Mike ...
  • Curry Coastal Pilot
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  • 5/20/2016 10:40:17 AM
  • Local teams to compete in state fishing tournament
  • A team of veterans and a contingent of newcomers will represent Southern Illinois at the Illinois High School Association’s State Bass Fishing Tournament at Carlyle Lake May 20-21. Zach Berner and Alec Valerius of Elverado High School are making their ...
  • The Southern
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  • 5/20/2016 12:53:18 AM
  • West Suburban Bass Anglers present Fishing Derby in Palatine
  • All participants 16 years and over must have a fishing license. Licenses can be purchased online through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at www.dnr.illinois.gov or locally at the Salmon Shop, 111 S. Northwest Highway, Palatine. For more ...
  • Daily Herald
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  • 5/19/2016 10:48:38 AM
  • Arizona Game and Fish believes mountain lion killed Mesa dog
  • They then went to Arizona Game and Fish for their expert opinion. Local businesses in Carbondale, Illinois will soon be asked to pick up and move as the city pushes for a new transportation complex in the downtown area. Local businesses in Carbondale ...
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  • 5/19/2016 4:00:36 AM
  • Illinois fish market adds Asian carp to the menu
  • GRAYVILLE, Ill. (AP) — When Johnny Farmer died in 2013, his wife and business partner, Sue Farmer, decided Hard Times Fish Market had served its last meal. And that was how it was until Richard Clodfelter stepped in. "Johnny and I grew up together ...
  • Pekin Daily Times
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  • 5/18/2016 12:58:40 PM
  • EXCHANGE: Illinois fish market adds Asian carp to the menu
  • GRAYVILLE, Ill. (AP) — When Johnny Farmer died in 2013, his wife and business partner, Sue Farmer, decided Hard Times Fish Market had served its last meal. And that was how it was until Richard Clodfelter stepped in. "Johnny and I grew up together ...
  • Bryan College Station Eagle Theeagle
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  • 5/18/2016 10:28:20 AM
  • EXCHANGE: Illinois fish market adds Asian carp to the menu
  • GRAYVILLE, Ill. -- When Johnny Farmer died in 2013, his wife and business partner, Sue Farmer, decided Hard Times Fish Market had served its last meal. And that was how it was until Richard Clodfelter stepped in. "Johnny and I grew up together," Clodfelter
  • Daily Herald
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  • 5/18/2016 9:31:04 AM
  • Palatine Fishing Derby scheduled for May 21
  • All participants 16 years and over must have a fishing license. Licenses can be purchased online through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at www.dnr.illinois.gov or locally at the Salmon Shop, 111 South Northwest Highway, Palatine. More from ..
  • Patch
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  • 5/18/2016 3:18:51 AM
  • Kid’s fishing expo on Saturday
  • PERU — The 18th annual free kid’s fishing expo, sponsored by the Better Fishing Association of Northern Illinois, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Valley Sunrise Rotary Club and the LaSalle Rotary Club, will be Saturday ...
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  • 5/18/2016 2:07:16 AM
  • Forum to focus on recreation, fish habitat
  • Water Ave., to report the results of the fish habitat modeling portion of the on-going Illinois River Instream Flow Pilot Study. The meeting is the third in a series of public forums to share information and obtain feedback on the ISF Pilot Study being ...
  • Tahlequah Daily Press
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  • 5/17/2016 10:15:13 AM
  • Honoring veterans with a day of fishing
  • Take a Vet Fishing days are always free for everyone. President and Co-Founder of Take a Vet Fishing, Jay Garstecki, joined ABC 7 live in Antioch from the big event. Take a Vet Fishing - "Ed Paprocki Illinois Tribute event" - "A Day of Giving Back"
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  • 5/15/2016 9:48:57 AM
  • McKendree University Wins Conference Tournament on Lake Barkley
  • McKendree University Wins Conference Tournament on Lake Barkley The McKendree University team of Trent Robinson and Jordan Ledbetter, both of Carlyle, Illinois, won the FLW College Fishing Central Conference tournament on Lake Barkley KUTTAWA, Ky.
  • The Ultimate Bass Fishing Resource Guide
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  • 5/15/2016 12:59:14 AM
  • Kentucky Afield Outdoors: New fishing regulations for 2016
  • Native to the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions in Eurasia, the invasive baitfish is now found throughout the Great Lakes system and in the Illinois River. The round goby can negatively impact the reproduction of native fish such as the smallmouth bass.
  • bgamplifier.com
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  • 5/11/2016 4:17:15 AM
  • Float fishing 101 covers river basics
  • Lots of fish. Catching and releasing 50 or more fish during a float trip isn't unusual on our area streams like the Kings, Elk and Illinois rivers. Talking about this good fishing was part of the fun of a program on floating and fishing held April 10 at ..
  • NWA Online
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  • 5/10/2016 11:35:06 AM
  • FORD: Best crappie fishing day ever took some planning
  • Henry Haley, a 70-year-old Carmi, Illinois, crappie fishing pro, is such a man. His Illinois vanity plate reads "croppie" (the southern spelling) and his custom-appointed Ranger 205CX with a 250-horse Mercury on it instantly illustrate the level of his ...
  • Evansville Courier and Press
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  • 5/7/2016 11:41:38 PM
  • Kids get lesson in fishing at Mastodon Lake in Aurora
  • Kathy Reuter, supervisor for Hearing Services for the Northwestern Illinois Association, said this was the 16th year the picnic has been held and that the idea for a fishing clinic was launched a year ago at the last picnic. "A bunch of us were sitting ...
  • Chicago Tribune
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  • 5/6/2016 7:03:39 PM
  • Try the fish tacos: Carp Festival highlights ways to eat invasive fish
  • At a display by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, fish biologist Emily Pherigo explained how the federal agency uses what is called a paupier frame trawl to capture Asian carp on the Illinois River. She said the carp are stunned with electricity and ...
  • Columbia Daily Tribune
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  • 5/4/2016 1:58:13 PM
  • Sarley: Advice on how all fishermen can measure fish without tape measure
  • With each bait sack, you also get a couple of rod clips. Northern Illinois – Dave Kranz from Dave’s Bait, Tackle and Taxidermy in Crystal Lake reports: “It looks like the weather is going to stabilize somewhat and that will help the fishing get better.
  • Northwest Herald
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  • 5/4/2016 2:09:33 AM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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