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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.

  • Drumming up some big fish
  • That one was weighed on a captain’s scale at 21 pounds, 8 ounces. Those fish are dwarfed by the Illinois-record 35-pounder caught by Joe Rinella in 1960 from the DuQuoin City Lake. Does it mean anything? ‘‘Always great to see big fish being caught ...
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 10/28/2014 5:52:54 PM
  • Grafton gives fish plant 30 days to stop smells
  • GRAFTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in southern Illinois have given an Asian carp processing plant 30 days to stop rotten odors or face a shut down. Grafton Police Chief Chris Sullivan filed the ruling Wednesday against American Heartland Fish Products.
  • Pantagraph
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  • 10/23/2014 8:40:29 AM
  • Chicago fishing: Inland trout, whitefish & fall bites
  • Fall fishing–inland trout season opened Saturday in Illinois, the fall crappie bite begins, and the first whitefish show up off the St. Joseph pier in Michigan–lead this Midwest Fishing Report. I usually post the sprawling, raw-file online version of ...
  • voices.suntimes.com
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  • 10/21/2014 9:57:25 PM
  • An inside look at a Fishing Advisory Committee meeting
  • She has openings for free environmental-education classes. Contact her at brenda.mckinney@illinois.gov or at (312) 771-9741. Steve Silic, fisheries biologist for the Forest Preserves of Cook County, was brought into the group. He introduced himself and the
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 10/17/2014 8:14:48 PM
  • Pleasure Lake in Palos Hills closed to fishing
  • Martin Kleefisch said. "We wanted to restock it and we did, but the Illinois Department of Natural Resources told us that we better not allow fishing for awhile to let them mature," Kleefisch said. It will likely be about two years before Pleasure Lake can
  • Chicago Tribune
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  • 10/16/2014 11:57:53 PM
  • Chicago fishing: Fall trout, crappie & Chinook
  • Fall fishing–inland trout season in Illinois, crappie all over, Wolf River action in Wisconsin and Chinook on Lake Michigan–lead this Midwest Fishing Report. I usually post the sprawling, raw-file online version of the MFR, which appears condensed on ...
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  • 10/14/2014 9:51:24 PM
  • Fish kill delays opening of Tuma Lake
  • The fish kills didn't have much financial impact — most fish used to stock the lake are contributed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, partly funded by the sale of fishing licenses, while some are reared at the forest preserves, Silic said.
  • Chicago Tribune
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  • 10/10/2014 11:57:51 PM
  • Below the Waterline: The business of fishing looking good
  • I wish we had events like that in Central Illinois. Pro anglers Brandon Palaniuk, Terry Scroggins, Gerald Swindle and Mike Iaconelli hung out with anglers talking fishing and signing autographs. I spent one day on the water with Palaniuk and with anglers .
  • Pantagraph
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  • 10/1/2014 7:29:21 PM
  • Chicago fishing: Salmon & trout on shore, fly-fishing trout
  • The Chinook and browns near shore on southern Lake Michigan, though spotty, and Illinois first catch-and-release fly fishing season for fall trout are the things to lead this Midwest Fishing Report. I usually post the sprawling, raw-file online version ...
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  • 10/1/2014 9:20:53 AM
  • Midwest Fishing Report: 10/01
  • FLY FISHING TROUT: Illinois’ first catch-and-release, fly-fishing season opens Saturday, two weeks before regular fall trout fishing, at Pine Creek at White Pines State Park; Apple River at Apple River SP; the IDOT Lake in Springfield; Horton Lake at ...
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 9/30/2014 9:25:04 PM
  • Midwest Fishing Report: 10/01
  • FLY FISHING TROUT: Illinois’ first catch-and-release, fly-fishing season opens Saturday, two weeks before regular fall trout fishing, at Pine Creek at White Pines State Park; Apple River at Apple River SP; the IDOT Lake in Springfield; Horton Lake at ...
  • Post-Tribune
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  • 9/30/2014 9:25:04 PM
  • WWW Chicago outdoors: Hunting & Fishing Days, more
  • Northern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days lead this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors, but there is a ton of other stuff on a weekend that looks nearly perfect weather wise. I have a packed weekend on a personal level with our daughter in a .
  • voices.suntimes.com
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  • 9/26/2014 8:58:11 AM
  • Vickroy: SD 230 bass fishing club casts eye toward future
  • “And it’s important to give back to your community.” The service project — a collaborative effort among the school district, Orland Park and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources — will help wildlife experts get a handle on how the fish ...
  • Southtown Star Sun-Times
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  • 9/24/2014 5:14:29 PM
  • Grafton residents ask plant to eliminate fish odor
  • GRAFTON, Ill. — Residents who live near a plant that processes Asian carp in southern Illinois say it's producing rotten smells, despite the facility's odor-free assurance. A Grafton resident who lives near the American Heartland Fish Products plant ...
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  • 9/23/2014 6:34:24 PM
  • Grafton residents ask plant to eliminate fish odor
  • GRAFTON, Ill. (AP) — Residents who live near a plant that processes Asian carp in southern Illinois say it's producing rotten smells, despite the facility's odor-free assurance. A Grafton resident who lives near the American Heartland Fish Products plant .
  • Pantagraph
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  • 9/23/2014 11:39:14 AM
  • Illinois launches catch-and-release fly fishing
  • SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Selected Illinois waterways will open ahead of the regular trout season for catch-and-release fly fishing, the Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday. The new catch-and-release season will open Oct. 4 with the regular ...
  • Herald & Review
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  • 9/22/2014 6:54:05 AM
  • Two-for-one is common when shopping, rare when fishing
  • The fall season for inland trout fishing will at 5 a.m. on Oct. 18 at Banana Lake in the county’s Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda and Sand Lake at Illinois Beach State Park near Zion off 17th Street. You need to buy an inland trout stamp ($6.50 ...
  • Lake County News-Sun
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  • 9/20/2014 11:52:56 PM
  • Learn to fish during DuPage program
  • Participants do not need licenses to fish during district programs, but anglers 16 and older who are not legally disabled must have valid Illinois fishing licenses at all other times. Licenses are available at many sporting goods stores, through the ...
  • Sun-Times Media
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  • 9/20/2014 11:52:56 PM
  • Illinois launches catch-and-release fly fishing
  • SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Selected Illinois waterways will open ahead of the regular trout season for catch-and-release fly fishing, the Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday. The new catch-and-release season will open Oct. 4 with the ...
  • Pantagraph
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  • 9/18/2014 3:31:14 AM
  • Herbicides indirectly kill fish in Manteno lake
  • MANTENO, Ill. (AP) — Dead fish found floating in the small lake south of Lake Manteno likely were killed by herbicides, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. On Sept. 11, fish began to swim to the surface of the lake in search of ...
  • Pantagraph
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  • 9/17/2014 3:13:56 PM
  • 09/17: Midwest Fishing Report 09/17: Fish of the Week
  • AREA RIVERS: ILLINOIS: Tine on the Water Outdoors: River is receding. Catfish remain good. A few white bass in the mornings at mouths of creeks. KANKAKEE: Norm Minas: Smallmouth are active around water willows (seams outside, edges, points, pockets ...
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 9/16/2014 6:49:52 PM
  • Kayak fishing is where it’s heading
  • The series had three stops in its first season: walleye on the Chain O’Lakes, bass (largemouth, smallmouth, white) on the Illinois River at Ottawa and the season-ender at Manitowoc. More stops are planned next year. Kayak fishing has come a long way from .
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 9/12/2014 10:50:50 PM
  • Chicago fishing: Better shoreline kings
  • All fish must be taken with hook & line, in accordance with Illinois DNR regulations. NO SNAGGING! Any legal bait may be used. Please observe the harbor rules of no casting in the portion of the harbor where boats are moored. Food: Hot dogs, chips and ...
  • voices.suntimes.com
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  • 9/9/2014 7:41:07 PM
  • Know your fish: Pond owners need to stock right species
  • Pond owners should have a reasonable idea of what is happening in the water to keep habitat healthy, Mounce, an Illinois Department of Natural Resources area fisheries biologist, said. Mounce led the Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District's Pond
  • Herald & Review
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  • 9/9/2014 2:58:58 AM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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Illinois Weather

Springfield, IL (62711)

Updated on 01:15 AM

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32°F 

Feels like: 25°F

Wind:340° 7 Kt
Humidity:63% 
Dew Point:21°F
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