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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.

  • Open-water fishing arrives: Chicago fishing
  • Until then, there are vending machines with food, drink and bait options. Illinois’ catch-and-release fly fishing-only early season opens Saturday. Northern sites are Rock Creek in Kankakee River State Park, Apple River in Apple River SP, Pine Creek in ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 3/18/2015 12:39:32 AM
  • Hennepin-Hopper: Will reopen (undecided date) to really good fishing
  • The best news for Illinois fishing in a while is that Hennepin-Hopper lakes will reopen to public fishing this year. The exact date is undecided. I am excited. When Hennepin-Hopper originally opened, it had the best public fishing in the state. But common
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 3/13/2015 7:22:09 PM
  • New season for Illinois hunting, fishing licenses starts April 1
  • SPRINGFIELD — Illinois officials are reminding hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to renew their state licenses. The new license year begins April 1 for hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation. Officials say a combination one for fishing ...
  • Peoria Journal Star
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  • 3/7/2015 5:20:25 PM
  • Illinois, railroad reach settlement in 2009 fish kill
  • ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A railroad company has agreed to pay $570,000 to help settle claims over a 2009 derailment that spilled ethanol and killed tens of thousands of fish in northern Illinois. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office on Thursday ...
  • Pantagraph
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  • 3/6/2015 12:49:35 PM
  • Illinois, railroad reach settlement in 2009 fish kill
  • A railroad company has agreed to pay $570,000 to settle claims over a 2009 derailment that spilled ethanol and killed tens of thousands of fish in northern Illinois. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office on Thursday announced the settlement with
  • Chicago Tribune
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  • 3/5/2015 11:56:30 PM
  • Ice fishing enthusiasts tackle the winter blues
  • It’s kind of nice sitting outside and getting sunshine when you would be indoors.” Central Illinois is home to several popular ice fishing spots, including North Charter Oak Lake in Peoria, Camp Wokanda in Chillicothe and lakes Camelot and Lancelot in ...
  • Peoria Journal Star
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  • 3/1/2015 7:07:45 PM
  • Fish is a healthier alternative to meat
  • However, for those looking to stay local, fishing couple Larry and Linda Dozard from East Peoria could point you to dozens of spots in Central Illinois they've visited and documented on their website larrysfishinghole.com for more than 20 years.
  • Herald & Review
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  • 2/27/2015 8:40:11 AM
  • Special Olympics fishing contest to be conducted with IHSA
  • BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois High School Association and Special Olympics will team up this year to offer a unified IHSA Bass fishing tournament. The tournament will be conducted with the 2015 IHSA Bass Fishing State Finals on May 15 and 16 on ...
  • Pantagraph
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  • 2/20/2015 3:47:51 AM
  • Where can you find a fish fry on Ash Wednesday?
  • Mass at 7:30 p.m. Paderborn is on Floraville Road, 3 miles off of Illinois 159, 4 miles south of Smithton; 8 miles south of Millstadt. St. Cecilia Church Parish Hall — 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, 155 North Main St., Glen Carbon. Baked and fried fish plates ...
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  • 2/17/2015 3:25:45 PM
  • Hooked on fish: Diving deeply into hobby of stocking aquariums
  • The "we" Zink is referring to are members of the Central Illinois Tropical Fish Club. The club was started nearly three years ago and is made up of fish owners who are passionate about keeping, breeding and talking about tropical fish. Zink's fish room is
  • Pantagraph
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  • 2/15/2015 6:59:53 AM
  • NICC's annual Ice Fishing Derby and Winter Festival is this weekend
  • This weekend will mark the 55th anniversary of the Ice Fishing Derby and Winter Festival on the Chain O' Lakes that is sponsored by the Northern Illinois Conservation Club that is based near Antioch. It is believed to be the oldest continuous winter ...
  • Chicago Tribune
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  • 2/12/2015 2:52:54 AM
  • Fish processing plant now looks to Beardstown, not Havana
  • BEARDSTOWN — A fish processing plant project in Havana that has been in the works for over two years may be moving to another Illinois River town, according to Illinois Small Business Development Center Director Greg Garrett. Garrett and staff member ...
  • Peoria Journal Star
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  • 2/9/2015 8:11:26 AM
  • Christmas trees grow as popular fish habitat
  • MARION – Since 1999 Chris Bickers, an Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Region 5 fisheries biologist, has been augmenting Crab Orchard’s habitat with fish attractions fashioned from old Christmas trees. It’s a win-win for man and fish.
  • Herald & Review
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  • 2/7/2015 11:58:42 PM
  • Below the Waterline: Intern shows future of fishing in good hands
  • Youth fishing is catching on in a big way. Once administrators at both levels found out how many kids were reached, how grades, attitudes and pride in school increased, it was hard to say no. Arkansas, Illinois, Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina, South ...
  • Pantagraph
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  • 1/28/2015 6:26:57 PM
  • Below the Waterline: Area has plenty of options for fishing trails
  • Tournament anglers are blessed with local and regional fishing trails in Central Illinois. Some trails are for individual anglers and others are for team events. New this year, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has made permits mandatory for all
  • Pantagraph
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  • 1/21/2015 6:28:06 PM
  • Grandfather, grandson die fishing in southern Illinois
  • NEW BADEN — Family and friends are mourning the loss of a grandfather and grandson who died in a southern Illinois fishing accident this week. Terry Calvert of New Baden died trying to save his 13-year-old grandson after he fell into Rend Lake on Monday ..
  • Peoria Journal Star
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  • 1/2/2015 8:27:52 AM
  • Man, grandson die on Illinois fishing trip
  • CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Two people died during a fishing trip in southern Illinois Monday when a man tried to save his 13-year-old grandson who had fallen into the water, authorities said. Terry Calvert, 63, had taken his two grandchildren from ...
  • Pantagraph
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  • 12/29/2014 9:18:33 PM
  • Below the Waterline: Holidays signal upcoming ice fishing season
  • Frabill also carries a full line up of bait containers. Illinois-based Plano Molding has a full lineup as well. Clothing for ice fishing has improved significantly in recent years with the advent of performance clothing. Companies such as Simms ...
  • Pantagraph
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  • 12/24/2014 6:25:31 PM
  • Biologist calls for carp processors to use more parts of the fish
  • The cost of catching, processing, freezing and shipping the Asian carp that frolic in Illinois waters has to be analyzed, said Irons, pointing out that it’s a 40-day boat ride for fish to get to the Asian market. “Let’s not put the carp before the ...
  • Peoria Journal Star
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  • 12/12/2014 2:40:32 AM
  • Below the Waterline: Top picks for 2015 fishing trips
  • Don’t forget the docks. Stephen Forbes State Park: Located in Southern Illinois near Salem, this lake has had a resurgence in recent years. It’s not unusual to see 5-fish limits nearing 20 pounds. It’s a very scenic lake where deer and turkey are ...
  • Pantagraph
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  • 12/3/2014 6:28:57 PM
  • 11/05: Midwest Fishing Report, Fish of the Week, Show and Go
  • The Early Show: Chicago’s only fly-fishing show, presented by the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance and DuPage River Fly Tyers, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook. For more information, go to driftorg.com/calendar.php. Liv’s Hunt ...
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 11/4/2014 8:14:55 PM
  • 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. — Authorities in southern Illinois have given an Asian carp processing plant 30 days to stop rotten odors or face a shutdown. Grafton Police Chief Chris Sullivan filed the ruling Wednesday against American Heartland Fish Products.
  • BND
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  • 10/23/2014 3:21:21 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

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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Rockford, IL (61104)

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