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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.

  • OUTDOORS: Without Jack and Frank, local fishing more lonely
  • He had been my friend and fishing partner for the last 15 years. Jack, Frank Greene and I traveled to Iowa fishing for bluegills years ago; we fished the Illinois River occasionally and met with a group for special dinners. I helped him manage his fishing
  • The Times
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  • 7/20/2016 8:05:02 PM
  • Meet the heat, beat the heat: Summer in Chicago fishing
  • The season is open in Illinois for bullfrogs (sport fishing license required, may be taken by hook and line, gig, pitchfork, spear, bow and arrow, hand or landing net) and bullfrog or green frogs in Indiana. The bass bite on area lakes is very good.
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 7/20/2016 2:32:46 AM
  • LaHood introduces Great Lakes Fish & Wildlife Restoration Act
  • Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood has now introduced a bill this week that addresses support for fish and wildlife in the Great Lakes. The bill was introduced along with Debbie Dingell (MI-12), and Candice Miller (MI-10). The Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife
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  • 7/16/2016 7:19:40 PM
  • Outdoors: Recent rain helps cut into fishing time
  • Summer and fishing go hand-in-hand and many of us like to fish for catfish. Here in Illinois we are allowed to use up to 50 hooks with a sport fishing license. Any fishing devices like trot lines, throw lines, jugs or bank poles must be tagged with your ..
  • Galesburg Register-Mail
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  • 7/16/2016 7:45:19 AM
  • Dream "Catches On" for Local Fishing Guide
  • Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. Dreams are coming true for one man in Clinton. Matt Lamb is showing anglers from across the country what the waters of central Illinois have to offer. His passion for fishing has aided in his quest to open a guide service .
  • Illinois News
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  • 7/13/2016 5:43:00 PM
  • Ohms Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Kentucky Lake
  • The Ultimate Bass Fishing Resource Guide GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. (July 11, 2016) – Adam Ohms of Edwardsville, Illinois, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 24 pounds, 5 ounces, Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) LBL Division tournament on Kentucky ...
  • The Ultimate Bass Fishing Resource Guide
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  • 7/11/2016 11:57:37 PM
  • TV-6 Investigates: Fish advisories and your health
  • The short answer is mostly yes, you can. Fishing is incredibly popular in Iowa and Illinois. Both states have sold nearly one million fishing licenses when you add the numbers together. A lot of people TV-6 talked to catch and release. But others eat what
  • KWQC
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  • 7/11/2016 5:52:32 PM
  • Groce hooks 'big fish' with commitment from 6-10 Tilmon
  • CHAMPAIGN — Every time University of Illinois basketball recruiting seemed to stall, coach John Groce simply cast another line in the water. With each close miss, Groce patiently re-baited his hook. On Monday, he finally landed his big fish. Jeremiah ...
  • Pantagraph
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  • 7/11/2016 3:43:41 PM
  • Two high school bass fishing teams reel in helpful scholarships
  • Two Southern Illinois high school pass fishing teams got a huge boost from the Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Conference and State Rep. Jerry Costello II of Smithton. The fishing teams from Sparta High School and DuQuoin High School accepted scholarships
  • KFVS12
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  • 7/7/2016 11:48:02 PM
  • The hope of big kings: Fish of the Week
  • There may not be as many big kings as in the past, but a number of 20-pound-plus Chinook have been caught already this summer in Illinois waters of Lake Michigan. FOTW, the celebration of big fish and good stories, runs Wednesdays on the Sun-Times outdoors
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 7/7/2016 5:47:08 AM
  • Sarley: Why McHenry County is home to the best fishing in Illinois
  • Is there any better county in our state for the purpose of fishing than McHenry County? I don’t think so. In fact, I know so. It’s the truth. As fishermen, we are lucky to be living here. Between the Fox Chain, the Fox River and all of the many, many ...
  • Northwest Herald
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  • 7/6/2016 9:47:32 PM
  • Below the Waterline: The right color bait matters ... sometimes
  • Deep water cranking can be tough on the hands and arms, so getting in shape for this kind of fishing is a plus. The Illinois Bass Nation Tournament at Clinton Lake was won by Jamie Maisenbacher and Scott Bree with five fish weighing 19.14 pounds.
  • Pantagraph
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  • 7/6/2016 6:55:44 PM
  • 1st tagged Kankakee Fishing Derby fish caught
  • MLS Baits at Glasik's Top Line Feeds, 2450 W. Illinois Route 17, Kankakee. • Walmart Superscenter, 2800 N. Illinois Route 50, Bradley. • Walmart, 505 Riverstone Parkway, Kankakee. Updates: Derby updates are available online at kankakeefishingderby.com.
  • The Daily Journal
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  • 7/6/2016 9:51:42 AM
  • Summer urban fishing clinics return
  • The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says learning how to fish is fun, easy and free for youngsters and families throughout Illinois this summer thanks to the Urban Fishing Program. Free fishing clinics are scheduled at 20 sites throughout the stat
  • The Telegraph
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  • 7/3/2016 11:28:19 AM
  • PMTT Eagle River Results
  • These two gentlemen used Showgirl buck tails in and around weedy areas close to deep water. In Fourth Place were Bruce Glowa of Countryside, Illinois and Bradley Olsen of Forest Park, Illinois that caught muskies that were 45" and 38" The larger fish was .
  • Outdoors First
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  • 7/2/2016 4:55:48 AM
  • Rockford resident wins at annual Kids Fishing Derby
  • ROCKFORD — Rockford resident Drew Licari, 12, won in the big bass category at Northern Illinois BassMasters’ 2016 Kids Fishing Derby on June 26 at the Rochelle Wildlife Conservation Club in Chana. His winning largemouth bass weighed 1 pound ...
  • Rockford Register-Star
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  • 7/1/2016 1:53:51 PM
  • Urban Fishing Comes to Godfrey
  • The Southern Illinois Urban Fishing Program will be held at Glazebrook Park in Godfrey starting Tuesday and running through the month of July. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources offers the free program to children and adults during two sessions .
  • Alton Daily News
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  • 6/30/2016 5:08:19 PM
  • Mapping endangered fish in Illinois
  • Counting endangered fish is the first step toward protecting and improving their habitats. CurrentCast briefs us. This podcast was originally published on CurrentCast.org and is republished here with permission. View the original post and podcast ...
  • Great Lakes Echo
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  • 6/30/2016 7:57:08 AM
  • Minnow crisis avoided . . . for now: Illinois fishing and budget
  • Minnows are no small things. “There has been nothing like the last year,’’ said Steve Krueger, manager at Jake Wolf Memorial Fish Hatchery. “Nothing compares to not having money to operate. I am sure I echoing many. We don’t have money to fix things.
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 6/29/2016 3:14:58 PM
  • Sarley: No bananas … and other fishing superstitions
  • I hope you enjoy the podcast. Northern Illinois: Dave Kranz from Dave’s Bait, Tackle and Taxidermy in Crystal Lake reports: “The dams at McHenry, Algonquin and Carpentersville have been producing catfish using stink bait and cut bait. Flathead catfish ...
  • Northwest Herald
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  • 6/29/2016 7:01:03 AM
  • Reitz Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Wolf River Chain
  • The largest bass fishing site on the Web! The Ultimate Bass Fishing Resource Guide WINNECONNE, Wis. (June 27, 2016) – Clayton Reitz of Morton, Illinois, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 6 ounces, Saturday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League ...
  • The Ultimate Bass Fishing Resource Guide
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  • 6/28/2016 12:21:22 AM
  • Fish stealing? Lake Michigan cormorants get bad rap
  • At least that’s a widely held belief about these birds – and a generally wrong one, Northern Illinois University researchers say. Cormorants’ fish-stealing reputation may be a bum rap – and the truth is more complex, as the first dietary study of ...
  • Outdoor News
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  • 6/27/2016 10:09:32 AM
  • 6 days left to register for fishing derby
  • Only six more days remain to get registered for the 33rd annual Kankakee River Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Northern Illinois Anglers Association and offering about $50,000 in potential prizes and more than 125 ways to win. The derby will be held July 1
  • The Daily Journal
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  • 6/24/2016 11:24:41 AM
  • 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
  • Pantagraph
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  • 6/22/2016 6:58:01 PM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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