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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.

  • Below the Waterline: 'Exotics' having an impact at area lakes
  • Musky were introduced in several Central Illinois fisheries a few years ago and gained a strong following and a group of dedicated anglers who pursue them. Musky have received unwelcome status by some, but honestly I think they have helped with rough fish
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  • 6/22/2016 6:58:01 PM
  • State of Illinois fish: Celebrating the bluegill
  • Bluegill are the first fish. Literally in Illinois, they are the state fish. “The kids don’t care how big the fish is but they are excited just to catch a fish,’’ emailed Brenda McKinney, who heads the Illinois Urban Fishing Program in Chicago.
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 6/22/2016 12:02:50 PM
  • Fish carver exhibit opens at Maritime Museum
  • After teaching himself the craft, he participated in the 2000 World Fish Carving Championships in Springfield, Illinois, where he won eight world ribbons, including first place for Best of Category. He participated in the event twice more, earning three ..
  • Herald Times Reporter
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  • 6/22/2016 6:26:24 AM
  • Mayor’s Fishing Advisory Committee: June notes, Chicago fishing
  • It is chaired by Tom Gray. Meant to get this up before, some of it is time sensitive, Brenda McKinney, who heads the Illinois Urban Fishing Program for Chicago, said she needs a clinic instructor for her fishing programs in the Columbus Park area.
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 6/22/2016 12:49:58 AM
  • Dill Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Shelbyville
  • The Ultimate Bass Fishing Resource Guide SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (June 20, 2016) – Donnie Dill of Dieterich, Illinois, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 3 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on Lake ..
  • The Ultimate Bass Fishing Resource Guide
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  • 6/21/2016 12:36:50 AM
  • Law enforcement officials teaching youth how to fish during June 30 event
  • SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Law Enforcement Education Foundation is teaming up with the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #95 to host a fishing event for children on June 30. The 10th Annual Cops 'n Bobbers event will take place at the Conservation .
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  • 6/20/2016 12:26:41 PM
  • Wait & Bait: Reopening of perch fishing on Chicago lakefront
  • For the last two years, perch fishing on the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan was closed from May 1 through June 15 to protect the spawn. Thursday was the reopener, one with expectations. Incidental perch catches had been going for a couple weeks at Montro
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 6/19/2016 1:39:27 PM
  • Invasive fish could outcompete native species
  • The carp have outcompeted native fish as they move up the Mississippi watershed, including the Illinois River, said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service deputy regional director Charlie Wooley. In some places, Asian carp have become 95 percent of the fish ...
  • Traverse City Record-Eagle
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  • 6/19/2016 9:28:55 AM
  • Free fishing day returns at Conservation World. Las Vegas Blog
  • just before he reached for the reeled-in catch gave new which means to the catch-and-release fishing Hawkins was doing throughout free family fishing day at Conservation World at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Hawkins was fishing with his son, Koady ...
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  • 6/19/2016 3:45:19 AM
  • Free fishing day returns at Conservation World
  • The catfish that broke the line of fisherman Kevin Hawkins Saturday just before he reached for the reeled-in catch gave new meaning to the catch-and-release fishing Hawkins was doing during free family fishing day at Conservation World at the Illinois ...
  • State Journal Register
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  • 6/18/2016 8:14:21 PM
  • Over one hundred kids fish for free at Crab Orchard
  • And kids don't have to know how to fish to participate. Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge district manager Neil Vincent said, "We do have the Illinois Department of Natural Resources urban fishing program is here today and we do have other individuals
  • WSIL TV
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  • 6/18/2016 8:40:00 AM
  • Kid's fishing tourney in La Salle on Saturday
  • Bait, snacks and drinks will be provided and no artificial lures will be allowed. The event is sponsored by the Better Fishing Association of Northern Illinois, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Valley Sunrise Rotary Club and La Salle ...
  • The Times
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  • 6/16/2016 11:44:18 PM
  • Notes @ Noon: Ditching smartphones for fishing poles
  • The Illinois Department of Natural Resources launched its free Urban Fishing Program clinics this week across the state, including ones in the Quad-Cities. “I’ve never done it myself,” said Amrit Parab, who, along with his wife, Jana, and their son ...
  • Quad-Cities Times
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  • 6/16/2016 11:55:38 AM
  • Notes @ Noon: Leave the smartphones at home — it's fishing time
  • The Illinois Department of Natural Resources launched its free Urban Fishing Program clinics this week across the state, including ones in the Quad-Cities. “I’ve never done it myself,” said Amrit Parab, who, along with his wife, Jana, and their son ...
  • Quad-Cities Times
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  • 6/16/2016 11:55:38 AM
  • YWCA Flying Fish “Relay for Oz” Honors Late Coach, Raises $25,000
  • The Flying Fish, which is part of YWCA Evanston/North Shore in Illinois, held its fourth annual “Relay for Oz” on June 4-5, generating $25,000 for the “Oz Fund,” which provides financial assistance to children in its aquatics programs. Current ...
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  • 6/15/2016 9:22:20 PM
  • Perch opener & summer: Chicago fishing
  • The reopening of perch fishing Thursday in the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan leads this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report. The MFR appears in a condensed form Wednesdays on the Sun-Times newspaper outdoors page. The sprawling raw-file report is
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 6/15/2016 2:02:41 AM
  • Football, Fishing and Freedom
  • Take A Vet Fishing, NFP organizes seven fishing events per year across four states, including Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan, as well as a special trip for Camp Hometown Heroes in Canada. These fishing excursions have proven to be a staple ...
  • UW Badgers
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  • 6/15/2016 12:29:38 AM
  • All skill levels invited to 26th Fish-O-Rama
  • In previous years, participants between the ages of 16 and 64 needed to have a fishing license, but this year's Fish-O-Rama falls on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' Free Fishing Weekend, so fishing licenses aren't required. Johnson ...
  • Daily Herald
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  • 6/13/2016 12:42:09 PM
  • Forum to present fish habitat findings
  • Water Ave., to report results of the fish habitat modeling portion of the ongoing Illinois River Instream Flow Pilot Study. The meeting is the third in a series to share information and obtain feedback on the ISF Pilot Study being conducted on the Upper ..
  • Tahlequah Daily Press
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  • 6/13/2016 11:37:43 AM
  • Fishing open house set for Saturday at Fox Ridge
  • It said Ridge Lake has the longest-running continuous creel survey in the United States. All fish caught are measured and weighed by Illinois Natural History staff and read for tags, according to the news release. It said fishing is mostly catch-and ...
  • Journal Gazette and Times Courier
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  • 6/13/2016 9:36:02 AM
  • MCCD Hosts Hooked on Fishing Event This Weekend
  • There will be demonstrations, prizes and more. No fishing license is required, as this event is held in conjunction with Illinois’ free fishing days. “Hooked on Fishing gives families an opportunity to try out the sport of fishing for free, as well as ...
  • Patch
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  • 6/12/2016 12:57:39 PM
  • Free Fishing Fair on Saturday
  • The fair runs from 10am to 4pm and the Big Z will be broadcasting live. Scott Isringhausen is the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Urban Fishing Coordinator for the southern part of Illinois and has been there since the start. He says like any ...
  • Alton Daily News
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  • 6/10/2016 4:34:46 PM
  • Free Fishing Fair on Friday
  • The fair runs from 10am to 4pm and the Big Z will be broadcasting live. Scott Isringhausen is the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Urban Fishing Coordinator for the southern part of Illinois and has been there since the start. He says like any ...
  • Alton Daily News
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  • 6/10/2016 5:07:34 AM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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Illinois Weather

Rockford, IL (61104)

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