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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.


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.

  • Two Western KY men fined for illegal trafficking in protected fish
  • Kentucky Fish and Wildlife investigators worked cooperatively with Illinois Conservation Police officers to further investigate this activity. As a result, Taylor was charged in Illinois and ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution.
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  • 12/15/2017 12:42:00 PM
  • Recycle your used Christmas tree to help the fish habitat at Carlyle Lake
  • The Corps of Engineers along with the Illinois Department Of Natural Resources uses these trees to provide fish habitat at Carlyle Lake. The trees are submerged in the lake. The provide shelter, breeding areas, and resting places. They’ll be collected ...
  • KPLR 11
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  • 12/14/2017 6:53:00 PM
  • Recycle your used Christmas tree to help the fish habitat at Carlyle Lake
  • The Corps of Engineers along with the Illinois Department Of Natural Resources uses these trees to provide fish habitat at Carlyle Lake. The trees are submerged in the lake. The provide shelter, breeding areas, and resting places. They’ll be collected ...
  • Fox2now
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  • 12/14/2017 1:21:00 PM
  • Popular Hard Water Classic Ice Fishing Tournament Set for Jan. 13
  • Anglers 16 and older who are not legally disabled must carry valid Illinois fishing licenses. The main entrance to Blackwell Forest Preserve is located on Butterfield Road 0.25 mile west of Winfield Road. "This is a wonderful event for the whole family and
  • Chicago Tribune
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  • 12/14/2017 4:09:00 AM
  • Below the Waterline: Plenty to consider when buying a boat
  • That work included helping the Illinois Department of Natural Resources make Evergreen Lake at McLean County's Comlara Park near Hudson one of the best muskie fisheries in the Midwest. The IMA is honoring Richardson for his reporting on that effort and for
  • Pantagraph
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  • 12/14/2017 4:08:00 AM
  • Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House
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  • Tasting Table
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  • 12/13/2017 5:40:00 PM
  • COLUMN: Fly fishing event set for February
  • It’s a little over two weeks until Christmas and if you are still looking for the perfect holiday gift for the angler in your life, an idea is to send them to the Lower Illinois River to learn about fly fishing. Enrollment is under way for the Illinois ...
  • Muskogee Phoenix
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  • 12/8/2017 6:52:00 AM
  • Ott inspires children through fishing
  • John Ott, a Western Illinois University sophomore studying broadcasting, spent this past summer away from the cameras to work at a unique camp in Oxford, Maine called Kamp Kohut. Ott was a fishing instructor for kids ages 8 through 16 who attended the camp
  • Western Courier
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  • 12/1/2017 6:56:00 PM
  • Fishing barge, bar and bait shop is 'one of a kind'
  • The somewhat hidden destination also attracts traveling anglers. For their vacation in early August, a couple from Gurnee, Illinois, visited the barge, a favorite fishing spot of theirs about three hours west of their home. “It’s always a guarantee to ...
  • Quad-Cities Times
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  • 11/30/2017 10:29:00 PM
  • Finding New Paths
  • She will leave her West Rogers Park home in the fall to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Madison Jackson fixes a bicycle at Starfish Learning Center in Rogers Park, where she regularly volunteers. Jackson, a graduate of Chicago Math .
  • Northwestern University
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  • 11/30/2017 4:12:00 AM
  • Trout stocking under way at state's seasonal fishing spots
  • In addition to these "cold weather" trout fisheries, the Department also operates two year-round trout fisheries in the Lower Mountain Fork River below Broken Bow dam, and in the Lower Illinois River below Tenkiller Ferry Dam. Trout are normally stocked in
  • Tahlequah Daily Press
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  • 11/29/2017 4:51:00 PM
  • Veterinarian Bass Fishing Trip
  • I had the pleasure of fishing with Jason Walker and his buddy Rick traveling from Illinois. They wanted to take a break from their Vet convention and explore what Lake Toho Bass Fishing had to offer. They were in search for the quality largemouth bass that
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  • 11/29/2017 2:27:00 PM
  • Sizing up historic perch fishing: A morning at a Southeast Side slip
  • Howe and I set up to meet at the slip at 89th. Howe caught the first of the three Illinois whitefish records in 2017 on Feb. 17 with a 4.45-pound whitefish he landed while perch fishing at 95th. “I have been fishing my whole life, it is my obsession and ..
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 11/29/2017 10:47:00 AM
  • 203 consecutive Friday fish frys and counting: Moose Inn (Wautoma)
  • It turned out that at the same time I was eating a fish fry at the Moose Inn, someone was going on a spending spree with my debit card information in Rockford, Illinois. I checked online and they had spent over thirty dollars at a fish and chicken ...
  • Milwaukee Record
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  • 11/26/2017 11:35:00 PM
  • Illinois high school muskie tournament offers fishing lesson
  • Ashland, Ill. — Prairie Lake is on the fringe of becoming a muskie powerhouse in Illinois, as DNR biologists openly suspect there are 50-inch fish swimming the rather small 210-acre lake. But as the state’s young muskie anglers recently learned a ...
  • Outdoor News
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  • 11/20/2017 11:36:00 AM
  • Rainbow trout fishing season set to begin in DuPage County
  • All anglers 16 years old and older and not legally disabled must have valid Illinois fishing licenses with inland trout stamps. The licenses and the stamps are available at the Forest Preserve District's headquarters in Wheaton.
  • BND
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  • 9/27/2017 9:39:00 AM
  • Hunting and Fishing Days organizer remembers 30 years of history
  • CARTERVILLE -- Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days starts Saturday at at John A. Logan College, and with thousands of people expected to come to campus for a weekend of fun, one said that for him, this year's event will be bittersweet. Ron Allen has
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  • 9/23/2017 4:57:00 PM
  • Sec. Zinke Declares October as National Hunting and Fishing Month
  • National Hunting and Fishing Day is a great time to recognize the contributions of sportsmen and women to conservation; without them, Illinois's fish and wildlife would not be almost as abundant, nor would our economy be as vibrant. To be eligible for the
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  • 9/22/2017 8:46:00 PM
  • Anglers cited for overlimits of pike on Lake Kabetogama
  • Voyageurs National Park rangers and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers cited four Illinois men for overlimits of fish Sept. 9 on Lake Kabetogama, according to park officials. The four anglers were found to be in possession of .
  • Duluth News Tribune
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  • 9/15/2017 10:59:00 PM
  • Illinois men ticketed for fishing overlimit on border country lake
  • International Falls, Minn. — Voyageurs National Park reported on Friday that park rangers contacted four fishermen during a routine stop on Kabetogama Lake on Sept. 9. During the stop, four individuals from Illinois were found to be in possession of 44 ...
  • Outdoor News
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  • 9/15/2017 8:14:00 PM
  • Illinois stocking 80,000 trout ahead of fishing season
  • SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Fall trout fishing starts next month in Illinois and the state is stocking about 80,000 rainbow trout to prepare for the season. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the season starts Saturday, Oct. 21, at 54 ponds, lakes .
  • NWI
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  • 9/12/2017 12:33:00 AM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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