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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.

  • 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
  • 9/3: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week
  • ILLINOIS: Tine on the Water Outdoors: River is down, catfish remain good; a few white bass beginning before dawn. KANKAKEE: Norm Minas: River up, best is fishing the water willows with singlespin or rattle baits for smallmouth, walleye and channel catfish.
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 9/2/2014 9:22:29 PM
  • DNR: $1 hunting, fishing licenses for Illinois seniors not ready
  • CRYSTAL LAKE -- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says a system offering hunting and fishing licenses at a reduced price is not yet ready. The Northwest Herald reports the department will refund people who have already purchased the cheaper ...
  • State Journal Register
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  • 8/29/2014 2:29:03 AM
  • DNR: $1 hunting and fishing licenses for Illinois seniors not ready
  • CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says a system offering hunting and fishing licenses at a reduced price is not yet ready. The Northwest Herald reports the department will refund people who have already purchased the ...
  • Peoria Journal Star
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  • 8/28/2014 8:02:30 PM
  • Midwest Fishing Report: 8/20
  • GENEVA: Duwe: Fishing slower than normal, but bluegill are best bite in 20-22. ILLINOIS RIVER: Tine on the Water Outdoors: Catfish remain good on cut bait. River is low, so go out to middle of Barto Landing; Starved Rock launch still closed. KANKAKEE RIVER
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 8/19/2014 9:10:27 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 ...
  • The doings Hinsdale
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  • 8/16/2014 2:47:28 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 ...
  • The Doings Clarendon Hills
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  • 8/16/2014 2:33:09 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 ...
  • burrridge.suntimes.com
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  • 8/16/2014 2:33:09 PM
  • Maciulis: Nothing better than a celebration of hunting and fishing
  • Those were some of the questions posed almost 30 years ago when a group of northern Illinois outdoors clubs, industry representatives joined with some DNR visionaries and pulled together the first celebration of Northern Illinois Hunting & Fishing Days.
  • Southtown Star Sun-Times
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  • 8/15/2014 11:31:12 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 ...
  • Beacon News Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 8/14/2014 2:56:59 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 ...
  • The Courier-News
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  • 8/14/2014 2:06:53 PM
  • Chicago fishing: Lakes & rivers of Midwest Fishing Report
  • 1 smallie, 2 bluegill (yes, `gills – quite rare for me). Fished Geneva, (no fish), Elgin (no fish), St. Charles (a new spot by Illinois street). Saw no fish caught by the seven guys I saw out. One was a fly rodder. From the way he was fishing and working .
  • voices.suntimes.com
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  • 8/13/2014 5:46:59 AM
  • 08/13: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week
  • ILLINOIS: Tine on the Water Outdoors: Catfish remain good. A few white bass around Big Vermilion, clam beds or off Illinois Power. Some sauger reports. KANKAKEE: Norm Minas: River is below normal. Algae bothersome downstream, but some good smallmouth and .
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 8/12/2014 7:31:23 PM
  • Spring Valley hub of fish hubbub
  • Illinois Outdoor Hall of Famer Bill Guerrini thinks the Illinois River will be better served if Illinois’ ultimate fishing tournament returns to its roots and the Spring Valley Walleye Club splits with the Masters Walleye Circuit. Town officials want the .
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 7/29/2014 9:28:12 PM
  • Midwest Fishing Report: 7/30
  • Salmon are good to very good from Algoma north. Some perch limits recently. ILLINOIS RIVER: Time on the Water Outdoors: Catfishing is best on cut bait or stinkbait. White bass and sauger scattered. KANKAKEE RIVER: Norm Minas: River is below normal.
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 7/29/2014 9:28:12 PM
  • Illinois charity takes veterans on fishing trips
  • BARTLETT, Ill. — A charity based in the Chicago suburbs aims to honor and help American veterans by taking them on fishing trips. Jay Garstecki is president of Bartlett-based Take a Vet Fishing. He is the brother and son of veterans and says he wanted to .
  • Peoria Journal Star
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  • 7/27/2014 11:39:25 PM
  • Illinois charity takes veterans on fishing trips
  • BARTLETT, Ill. (AP) — A charity based in the Chicago suburbs aims to honor and help American veterans by taking them on fishing trips. Jay Garstecki is president of Bartlett-based Take a Vet Fishing. He is the brother and son of veterans and says he ...
  • Pantagraph
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  • 7/27/2014 10:46:19 AM
  • Annual Redneck Fishing event to spotlight jobs
  • BATH — There is a good-food, good-jobs theme at this year’s Redneck Fishing Tournament in the Illinois River community of Bath. Economic development and elected officials from across central Illinois are expected to join the two-day contest ...
  • State Journal Register
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  • 7/24/2014 2:43:07 AM
  • Chicago fishing: IDNR explanation on smallmouth record
  • The fisheries staff at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources did not have much choice on whether or not they could accept Doug Busch’s application for the smallmouth bass record, the wildest big-story I have ever covered. Click here for the origin .
  • voices.suntimes.com
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  • 7/20/2014 6:15:27 AM
  • Maciulis: Going fishing? Know the keys
  • Ed once held the Illinois record for the hybrid striper. He guided at Heidecke for many years, and was the Park Ranger overseeing the 1,600-some acre cooling lake. Heidecke, which is within the Goose Lake Prairie State Fish and Wildlife Area, between Route
  • Southtown Star Sun-Times
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  • 7/18/2014 11:28:37 PM
  • Chicago fishing: Smallmouth record not accepted
  • As seemed inevitable, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources had to decline Doug Busch’s smallmouth bass as the Illinois record. Despite witnesses willing to take lie-detector tests, the IDNR fisheries folks had to decline the record without an ...
  • voices.suntimes.com
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  • 7/17/2014 6:36:19 PM
  • Chicago fishing: Illinois record smallmouth?
  • Is it the Illinois record smallmouth, or rather should it be the Illinois record smallmouth? In today’s column on the Sun-Times outdoors page, I breakdown the twisted and somewhat sad tale of Doug Busch’s catch from Monroe Harbor.
  • voices.suntimes.com
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  • 7/16/2014 6:20:12 AM
  • Here’s a fish story for you
  • But was it the Illinois-record smallmouth? There is no fish to examine, only one photo and reports of witnesses. Like many, I’ve waited for years for somebody to catch the record smallmouth on southern Lake Michigan. But the story of Busch, 54 ...
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 7/14/2014 11:54:50 PM
  • Below the waterline: Better fishing means more catch and release
  • It’s amazing how many folks from outside the area make the trek to our lakes. Not hard to understand, as resources are very limited in Illinois and folks who love to fish go to places where they can "catch" fish. You can fish in a swimming pool ...
  • Pantagraph
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  • 7/9/2014 6:52:57 PM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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Illinois Weather

Springfield, IL (62711)

Updated on 11:33 AM

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70°F 

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Wind:100° 7 Kt
Humidity:55% 
Dew Point:53°F
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Sunrise: 06:38 AM 

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