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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.

  • Oklahoma fly fishing school makes great holiday gift
  • And with the holidays approaching, here’s a great gift idea. Enrollment is under way for the Illinois River Fly Fishing School, which has become one of the most popular fishing education workshops held each year in Oklahoma. The 2017 session will ...
  • Paris News
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  • 12/8/2016 10:08:19 AM
  • Fly Fishing School enrollment under way
  • Enrollment is under way for the Illinois River Fly Fishing School, which has become one of the most popular fishing education workshops held each year in Oklahoma. The 2017 session will be Feb. 24-25 at Tenkiller State Park and on the banks of the Illinois
  • Tahlequah Daily Press
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  • 12/8/2016 2:44:30 AM
  • Steve Sarley: Some must-have items for ice fishing
  • Fishing line for the ice needs to be light. Two- and four-pound test line is perfect for northern Illinois panfish. Fluorocarbon is the best material in ice fishing line. I hate to admit this, but clear line might be perfect for keeping your approach steal
  • Northwest Herald
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  • 12/7/2016 8:46:35 PM
  • Perch improving, some ice fishing coming: Midwest Fishing Report
  • but still fish for sure. I plan to keep fishing the Chicago River throughout the winter and will start to fish the Illinois River and 3 Rivers area starting New Years Day. There’s no better way to start the new year than open water fishing in your ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 12/6/2016 9:02:05 PM
  • Fly fishing school makes great holiday gift
  • And with the holidays approaching, here's a great gift idea. Enrollment is under way for the Illinois River Fly Fishing School, which has become one of the most popular fishing education workshops held each year in Oklahoma. The 2017 session will be Feb ..
  • North Texas e-News
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  • 12/4/2016 2:27:46 AM
  • River rises and cools: Stay here or drive for open-water fishing?
  • Meteorological winter doesn't have to mean the end of open-water fishing in Illinois, but the season's definitely winding down. I know some folks who still will try for crappie (on bearable days) on the Hennepin Canal, thus, if the river clears a bit ...
  • News Tribune
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  • 12/1/2016 5:04:38 PM
  • Notes @ Noon: Father-son duo will miss fishing near casino boat
  • "You can't keep him (Eric) out of the boat," said LeRoy, who lives in Alpha, Illinois, and spends time with his other son, as well. He introduced Eric to the sport more than 30 years ago during a fishing and hunting trip in Ontario, Canada, and now ...
  • Quad-Cities Times
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  • 12/1/2016 11:56:50 AM
  • Faces to perch fishing: A good use for Chicago’s Southeast Side
  • Perch fishing will only improve as Lake Michigan finally cools down after the balmy fall. HUNTING: Illinois’ second firearm deer season is Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 1-4. A reminder: if you firearm hunt in a county with chronic wasting disease ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 12/1/2016 2:45:39 AM
  • Steve Sarley: Safety first when ice fishing
  • Northern Illinois: Dave Kranz from Dave’s Bait, Tackle and Taxidermy in Crystal Lake reports: “Although the calendar says it is Dec. 1, some people are still fishing open water on the Fox River and area lakes. Walleyes are hitting on a jig head tipped ...
  • Northwest Herald
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  • 11/30/2016 7:00:21 PM
  • Still Fishing In Illinois
  • As normal, it was another short day of shooting and fishing. First I took my scoped Henry Repeating Arms Frontier out to adjust the scope. After placing 15 shots in a grouping of about 3 inches on a paper target, I reloaded and shot 15 more rounds, which .
  • odumagazine.com
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  • 11/30/2016 11:22:13 AM
  • Perch, waiting on 1st ice: Midwest Fishing Report/Chicago Fishing
  • I will be fishing the Chicago Illinois and a couple others all winter if you’re interested give me a call 847.980.4640 or go to www.patharrisonoutdoors.com. Mention where you saw my fishing report and get a 10% discount when you book your trip with a $ ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 11/30/2016 1:42:24 AM
  • Shimano announces high school-college fishing program
  • Shimano 'Youth Fishing Coordinator' Frank Hyla, who has been active in high school bass fishing scene in Illinois since its inception in 2008, will lead Shimano's efforts. In laying the groundwork for Shimano's program, Hyla has attended more than 200 ...
  • OutdoorsFIRST
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  • 11/28/2016 1:11:58 PM
  • Shimano announces high school-college fishing program
  • Shimano 'Youth Fishing Coordinator' Frank Hyla, who has been active in high school bass fishing scene in Illinois since its inception in 2008, will lead Shimano's efforts. In laying the groundwork for Shimano's program, Hyla has attended more than 200 ...
  • Outdoors FIRST
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  • 11/27/2016 11:57:24 PM
  • Chicago's Largest Fish Are Older Than Dinosaurs
  • Although there are limited fishing seasons for sturgeon in Michigan and Wisconsin, it's illegal to fish for them here because they're endangered in Illinois, Willink said. Willink said he believes most Chicagoans would be shocked that there are even a few
  • dnainfo.com
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  • 11/25/2016 5:37:24 AM
  • Pipe Bomb Fishing Earns Canton Man Jail Time
  • McCulley set off a homemade bomb of PVC pipe, gunpowder and a fuse beneath the McNaughton Bridge over the Illinois River. He told the judge it was a tribute to his grandfather. He says the two used to go "redneck fishing" in which explosives are thrown ...
  • Peoria Public Radio
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  • 11/21/2016 4:40:42 PM
  • Pipe bomb fishing earns central Illinois man jail time
  • PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A Canton man told a judge he went "redneck fishing" with a pipe bomb as a tribute to his late grandfather. He hauled in a 90-day jail sentence. Twenty-six-year-old Marc McCulley's felony conviction also got him 30 months' probation ...
  • Quad Cities Onlines
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  • 11/21/2016 3:00:29 PM
  • FISH Food Pantry keeps hunger at bay, year-round
  • Along with food, FISH volunteers depend on monetary donations to buy perishable items, such as milk and cheese, from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Some of the money pays the pantry's utility bills. FISH is located in the Meadowdale Shopping Center ...
  • Daily Herald
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  • 11/21/2016 1:31:36 AM
  • ‘Redneck fishing’ with pipe bomb lands central Illinois man in jail
  • PEKIN, Ill. — A Canton man told a judge he went “redneck fishing” with a pipe bomb as a tribute to his late grandfather. He hauled in a 90-day jail sentence. Twenty-six-year-old Marc McCulley’s felony conviction also got him 30 months’ probation ...
  • CLTV
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  • 11/21/2016 12:48:39 AM
  • Pipe bomb fishing earns central Illinois man jail time
  • PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A Canton man told a judge he went "redneck fishing" with a pipe bomb as a tribute to his late grandfather. He hauled in a 90-day jail sentence. Twenty-six-year-old Marc McCulley's felony conviction also got him 30 months' probation ...
  • The Daily Progress
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  • 11/20/2016 3:23:09 PM
  • Pipe bomb fishing earns central Illinois man jail time
  • PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A Canton man told a judge he went "redneck fishing" with a pipe bomb as a tribute to his late grandfather. He hauled in a 90-day jail sentence. Twenty-six-year-old Marc McCulley's felony conviction also got him 30 months' probation ...
  • Herald & Review
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  • 11/20/2016 3:23:09 PM
  • Pipe bomb fishing earns central Illinois man jail time
  • PEKIN, Ill. • A Canton man told a judge he went "redneck fishing" with a pipe bomb as a tribute to his late grandfather. He hauled in a 90-day jail sentence. Twenty-six-year-old Marc McCulley's felony conviction also got him 30 months' probation after ...
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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  • 11/20/2016 11:26:56 AM
  • Pipe Bomb Fishing Earns Central Illinois Man Jail Time
  • PEKIN, Ill. (AP) - A Canton man told a judge he went "redneck fishing" with a pipe bomb as a tribute to his late grandfather. He hauled in a 90-day jail sentence. Twenty-six-year-old Marc McCulley's felony conviction also got him 30 months' probation after
  • WJBD Radio
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  • 11/20/2016 6:26:17 AM
  • Below the Waterline: Fall best time to survey ponds, lakes
  • Catch a mess of them if you want to eat fish. We need your help here. There are a lot of us who believe we can build trophy fisheries in Illinois if managed effectively. Case in point is Emiquon near Havana. It is a great fishery now and will continue to .
  • Pantagraph
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  • 11/9/2016 6:56:38 PM
  • OL Eddy Fish leaves Illini program
  • CHAMPAIGN - True freshman offensive lineman Eddy Fish left the Illinois football program in early October, the team confirmed to Illini Inquirer. The Boston-area offensive lineman decommitted from Boston College last January and signed under former ...
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  • 11/7/2016 11:59:39 PM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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Illinois Weather

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