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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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Find any of the 4454 locations currently available in EZFishing database, to check fishing reports, maps, directions, weather and water conditions.

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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.

  • Fishing Fair Today in Grafton
  • Kids who sign up today will be eligible for free gifts and prizes. The fair runs from 10am to 4pm. Illinois Department of Natural Resources Urban Fishing Coordinator for Southern Illinois is Scott Isringhausen tells The Big Z this has turned into a huge ..
  • Alton Daily News
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  • 6/9/2018 5:11:00 AM
  • Lake Springfield fishing competition expected to get visit from PETA
  • About 100 teenagers will be on Lake Springfield Saturday to compete for $10,000 worth of scholarships as part of the National Youth Fishing Association's Illinois Division Championship.The anglers are expected to get a overhead visit from representatives .
  • MSN
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  • 6/9/2018 12:08:00 AM
  • County may cover costs of electric fish barriers
  • The DNR paid to install the two fish barriers — one on Illinois Lake, the other on a waterway just southeast of Brewster — back in 2015 at a cost of around $550,000 and has been covering operation and maintenance costs since then. However, Geiger said ...
  • Lakefield Standard
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  • 6/8/2018 2:15:00 PM
  • County may cover costs of electric fish barriers
  • The DNR paid to install the two fish barriers — one on Illinois Lake, the other on a waterway just southeast of Brewster — back in 2015 at a cost of around $550,000 and has been covering operation and maintenance costs since then. However, Geiger said ...
  • Jackson County Pilot
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  • 6/8/2018 2:09:00 PM
  • In Illinois, latest Asian carp tactic is to tempt the fish with candy
  • LaSalle, Ill. — Illinois River researchers are hoping Asian carp have a sweet tooth in an effort to minimize their numbers. And an Illinois candy maker is playing a sweet role in the plan. DNR, faculty from Joliet Junior College and commercial fishermen ..
  • Outdoornews
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  • 6/4/2018 10:16:00 AM
  • Illinois kids take part in fishing rodeo to reconnect with the outdoors
  • PORTERVILLE, Ind. (WTHI)- Just off the main road in Porterville Saturday kids like Trace Sisil came out to put their fishing skills to the test. It's a passion he says he’s loved since he was only one. "Well sending that bobber out catching them bluegill .
  • WTHI-TV
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  • 6/3/2018 10:26:00 PM
  • Fishing for fredom kicks off at the Illinois Veterans Home.
  • This is the eighth year for the event. The event aims to honor area veterans with a fun filled weekend, Larry Sheffler Started the event and he states that events like this are important because it gives veterans at the home, something to pass their time w
  • KHQA
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  • 6/3/2018 4:18:00 AM
  • Illinois Free Fishing Days just around the corner
  • Illinois Free Fishing Days for this year are June 15-18 and are in line with the Father’s Day Weekend. During those days you will not need a Fishing License to fish Illinois waters. Free Fishing Days are designed to bring people back to the great sport ...
  • Commercial-News
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  • 6/3/2018 4:17:00 AM
  • Sarley: Finally making time for Fox Chain fishing
  • Taurisano plays the guitar and is the band’s primary singer. They play many venues throughout northern Illinois and have an impressive following. We finally set a fishing date while we were talking at the big Schaumburg outdoor show. We both wrote it down.
  • Northwest Herald
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  • 6/1/2018 12:53:00 AM
  • Two Rivers Fishing Fair is free to all June 9
  • It’s free, and you don’t need to buy anything or bring any gear. The annual Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair happens Saturday, June 9 at Pere Marquette State Park in Illinois. It’s sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and urban ...
  • KSDK
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  • 5/31/2018 12:44:00 AM
  • Get kids hooked on fishing at The Annual Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair
  • If you truly want to learn more about fishing and get your kids hooked, on the great sport of fishing and the outdoors, it truly is worth your drive," said Scott Isringhausen with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Kids can also win the prizes .
  • KHQA
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  • 5/30/2018 10:03:00 PM
  • Soon-to-be Illinois record fish: Freshwater drum, redear or redear hybrid
  • Johnathan Inman had a long night’s journey into day to weigh his soon-to-be Illinois-record freshwater drum. Just let me say, if you think we catch big drum from Lake Michigan, this one (38.25 pounds) will make you rethink that. It was one of two ...
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 5/30/2018 12:24:00 AM
  • 51-year-old fishing vet uses skills, experience on tour
  • Chad Morgenthaler started out as an auto tech in Illinois, and that began an association with Jasper Engines and Transmissions. The FLW (Fishing League Worldwide) tour pro now sports a 21-foot Phoenix bass boat with a prominent JET logo. “When I turned ...
  • Dubois County Herald
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  • 5/26/2018 4:38:00 AM
  • Hitting the crappie just right: Sampling fishing on Carlyle Lake
  • Congenial because every one was catching keeper-sized crappie. Back to the beginning. I’ve covered all 10 years that the Illinois High School Association has held its state championship for bass fishing on Carlyle Lake. During the finals, I squeeze in ...
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 5/26/2018 12:00:00 AM
  • Chemical spill likely caused fish kill
  • Contamination that caused a fish and wildlife kill on about 10 miles of Coon Creek in southeastern Iroquois County remains under investigation by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Natural Resources. The fish kill was first
  • The Daily Journal
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  • 5/24/2018 2:29:00 PM
  • Judge Fish orders partial closing of Focus House
  • “I requested the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts to conduct an operations review of Focus House,” Fish said in the press release. “Based on the recommendations of that review, I am temporarily closing the residential component of Focus ...
  • Ogle County News
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  • 5/11/2018 6:09:00 PM
  • Special needs community reels in memories at 33rd annual fishing trip
  • Around 1,200 volunteers and people in the local special needs community grabbed their fishing poles and enjoyed some time on the Bleyer Lake in Carbondale, Illinois. Even if participants don’t leave with a fish, they can leave with the best catch of the ..
  • WPSD Local 6
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  • 5/10/2018 2:39:00 AM
  • Illinois Cautions Anglers on Import of Tadpole Madtoms as Bait
  • Walleye tournaments are hitting the water in Illinois, and a recent trend is using Tadpole Madtoms (Noturus gyrinus, a small catfish species) to lure walleye from the deep. Can I do that in Illinois? When fishing in Illinois waters, it is important to know
  • thefishingwire.com
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  • 5/9/2018 5:11:00 AM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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