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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.

  • Illinois fishing: Sauger record
  • Sauger is the longest standing game-fish record in Illinois, though a bigger one might have been caught late last month. The story of Joe Miller catching a sauger that might have been the Illinois record while prefishing for the MWC on the Illinois River .
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  • 4/14/2014 6:44:35 AM
  • Illinois & Chicago fishing: Notable walleye
  • Gerardo “Gero” Cortez catching a notable walleye on the North Branch of the Chicago River on April 4 reminded me that it is time to review some of the notable walleye around Chicago and Illinois fishing. The catch by Cortez–click here for my ...
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  • 4/11/2014 5:43:43 AM
  • Spring trout fishing season begins in Illinois
  • The spring trout fishing season has started at nearly 50 locations throughout Illinois. Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller says the season started Saturday. He says it's "always a great time for families to go fishing ...
  • State Journal Register
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  • 4/6/2014 5:31:10 PM
  • Spring trout fishing season underway in Illinois
  • SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The spring trout fishing season is underway at nearly 50 locations across Illinois. Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller says the season started Saturday. He says it's "always a great time for families to .
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  • 4/6/2014 3:55:07 AM
  • DNR: Fish deaths result of hard winter
  • GALESBURG — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says fish kills on lakes and ponds around the state can be blamed on the hard winter. DNR spokesman Chris Young says that the deaths of hundreds of fish were caused by thick ice that ...
  • State Journal Register
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  • 4/3/2014 6:10:31 PM
  • State Agency: Winter fish kills across Ill. normal
  • GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says fish kills on lakes and ponds around the state can be blamed on the hard winter. DNR spokesman Chris Young says that the deaths of hundreds of fish were caused by thick ice that ...
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  • 4/3/2014 12:05:26 PM
  • Fish kills in Eureka, Monmouth blamed on harsh winter
  • MONMOUTH — Fish kills like the one last month in Eureka have occurred in Monmouth and elsewhere in Illinois because of the harsh winter. Hundreds of fish washed ashore at Citizens Lake in Monmouth. On Monday, a mass group of dead fish ...
  • Peoria Journal Star
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  • 4/3/2014 3:08:34 AM
  • Volunteers help Illinois fish for fish data
  • On each side of her, fishing buddies did the same, all day long, as they have every year for more than 30 years. Related Photos: Anglers helping fish for data Maps Topeka, IL Forty-two members of Chicago-based Salmon Unlimited Inc. of Illinois ...
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  • 3/30/2014 11:01:35 PM
  • Biologist: Harsh winter caused Eureka Lake fish kill
  • Low oxygen levels were the cause of thousands of deaths as limp fish washed up on the lake’s shores, said Wayne Herndon, district biologist with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The 30-acre lake is estimated to support up to ...
  • Peoria Journal Star
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  • 3/29/2014 4:18:55 AM
  • Restocking necessary after Ill. winter fish kills
  • (AP) — State biologists are offering advice for restocking ponds and small lakes after winter fish kills. Illinois Department of Natural Resources experts say occasional fish kills are natural when light cannot penetrate ice. That slows the growth of ...
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  • 3/28/2014 3:01:22 AM
  • 3/25: Midwest Fishing Report and Fish of the Week
  • Forest Preserve District of Cook County moved Sag Quarry East site to Horsetail because of a winter fish kill ... A few crappie by Trinkees and a few in Williams Bay. ILLINOIS RIVER: SPRING VALLEY: MWC is this weekend.
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  • 3/25/2014 10:03:06 PM
  • Fish kills a concern in wake of conditions this historic winter
  • Stocking is scheduled to begin for spring trout season, which opens April 5 in Illinois. Milliken ... the aerator at Turner Lake in Chain O’ Lakes State Park. So there’s been some sort of fish kill in Turner, too.’’
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  • 3/21/2014 8:20:28 PM
  • Bill waives hunting, fishing fees for Illinois seniors
  • Mike Stevens is a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He says waiving the fees could mean a loss of about $260,000 in revenue. He says that means several jobs could be cut. The proposal was approved by the House ...
  • Peoria Journal Star
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  • 3/20/2014 4:03:57 PM
  • Bill would waive hunting, fishing fees for Illinois seniors
  • Legislation would waive hunting and fishing license fees for Illinois senior citizens. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the proposal is sponsored by state Rep. Jack Franks, a Marengo Democrat. His bill would let ...
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  • 3/20/2014 8:47:18 AM
  • Bill would waive hunting, fishing fees for Illinois seniors
  • Legislation would waive hunting and fishing license fees for Illinois senior citizens. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the proposal is sponsored by state Rep. Jack Franks, a Marengo Democrat. His bill would let people over 75 .
  • State Journal-Register
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  • 3/20/2014 8:47:18 AM
  • Bill waives hunting, fishing fees for Ill. seniors
  • SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Legislation would waive hunting and fishing license fees for Illinois senior citizens. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/1dt9PLh ) the proposal is sponsored by state Rep. Jack Franks, a ...
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  • 3/20/2014 8:25:49 AM
  • Lawmakers take aim at seniors' hunting, fishing fees
  • SPRINGFIELD — Some Illinois seniors someday could hunt and fish for free under legislation endorsed by a House panel Wednesday. Under the proposal, residents over the age of 75 would be able to obtain sport fishing and hunting licenses free of charge.
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  • 3/20/2014 6:59:55 AM
  • 03/19: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week
  • ILLINOIS RIVER ... but fishable. ST. JOSEPH AREA, MICH.: Phil Schuman, Tackle Haven: Steelhead at Berrien Springs; try Corkies Drifters or Wobble Glos from shore. Boaters using plugs (Flatfish, Mag Lip 3.5s). Walleye fishing is closed.
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 3/18/2014 6:50:58 PM
  • Fishing and hunting abound along the Kankakee River
  • What’s there to catch The Kankakee’s species are numerous, led by pike, a frequent find in the Kankakee Fish and Wildlife Area, as well as small-mouth bass, crappie, blue gill, and walleye, an Illinois-stocked fish that rides the Kankakee into Indiana.
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  • 3/17/2014 6:34:51 AM
  • Dixon Fishing Lakes are back, for the kids
  • With the Illinois River in Peoria setting a record this spring for the number of consecutive days above flood stage, a new not-for-profit that wants to inspire youngsters to fish has had a slow start. Hooked on Fishing, the kid-centric ...
  • Peoria Journal Star
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  • 3/9/2014 11:30:40 AM
  • Outdoors: Fishing early in season? It’s bass to basics
  • John Kennedy held up a two-fingered ... that tore its way to first place among Illinois’ Federation clubs in just their second year. “These guys know their fishing,” Kennedy said. He is among Tinley Park’s most avid bass fishermen, and his ...
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  • 3/8/2014 7:02:49 PM
  • Illinois fishing: Muskies caught by Muskies Inc. members
  • This article is based on the Illinois portion of the 2013 Muskie’s Inc., Members Only Fishing Contest. A total of 321 muskies from 30 to 49.5 inches were captured from 22 bodies of water in Illinois by MI members last year. Typically for the past ...
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  • 3/3/2014 2:00:57 PM
  • Bitter cold weather? Gone fishing!
  • Hott has been on frozen waters more this winter than any other in his 15 years of ice fishing. Ponds and lakes throughout East Central Illinois have been frozen for months, which isn't normally the case. Most winters, he said, it's hit or miss ...
  • Peoria Journal Star
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  • 2/28/2014 3:08:56 PM
  • EXCHANGE: Bitter cold weather? Gone fishing!
  • Hott has been on frozen waters more this winter than any other in his 15 years of ice fishing. Ponds and lakes throughout East Central Illinois have been frozen for months, which isn't normally the case. Most winters, he said, it's hit or miss ...
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  • 2/28/2014 2:25:59 PM
  • Fish of the Week: Crappie record at Shabbona
  • Obviously, some of Myers’ crappie went over a pound each. That’s very impressive for the most intensely fished public body of water in Illinois. There are many ways to send nominations for FOTW, the weekly celebration of big fish around Chicago ...
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  • 2/26/2014 6:21:35 AM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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