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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

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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.

  • 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
  • WSIL TV
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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
  • androidevo.com
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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 stocking 80,000 trout ahead of fishing season
  • SPRINGFIELD — 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 and ...
  • The Rock River Times
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  • 9/11/2017 5:44:00 PM
  • State of Illinois stocking up on fish for trout fishing
  • SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - 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 ...
  • KWQC
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  • 9/11/2017 2:23:00 AM
  • Illinois stocking 80,000 trout ahead of fishing season
  • 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 and streams statewide
  • abc7chicago.com
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  • 9/11/2017 12:39:00 AM
  • Fall Trout Fishing Season To Open October 21 in Illinois
  • SPRINGFIELD, IL – The 2017 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season will open on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 54 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state. Two weeks prior to the fall trout opener, the Fall Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing Season will open at nine ...
  • thexradio.com
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  • 9/8/2017 5:30:00 PM
  • 5 Top Fall Fishing Trips in Illinois
  • These are some great Illinois fall fishing destinations you shouldn’t overlook. Fall fishing in Illinois is always a bit different. Actually, fall fishing in most Illinois waters is a hit-and-miss affair. Some days, fall fishing can be outstanding, while .
  • gameandfishmag.com
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  • 9/5/2017 4:00:00 PM
  • Driverless trucks to be tested on United Kingdom roads
  • Nathaniel was travelling with his parents Norman and Pederlita Putot, and sister Pearl to celebrate his birthday. The Illinois Lottery urges the victor to sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place until the prize is redeemed. Rick Fishbeck co
  • fishinghd.com
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  • 8/25/2017 11:31:00 AM
  • Jackson: Personal-favorite spots anyone can fish
  • That was fairly easy because I was literally waiting for the other shoe to drop regarding politics and the role it has played in the decline of Illinois' promotion in touting our fishing and hunting. So I chose to give up a few spots hoping to make Jack ..
  • Daily Herald
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  • 8/25/2017 12:01:00 AM
  • Study links fish stress hormones to whether they take the bait
  • If anglers are primarily capturing fish whose stress levels dictate whether they are likely to strike at a lure, “we could potentially be selecting for fish that are harder to catch,” said University of Illinois natural resources and environmental ...
  • technology.org
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  • 8/23/2017 1:44:00 PM
  • Study links fish stress hormones to whether they take the bait
  • If anglers are primarily capturing fish whose stress levels dictate whether they are likely to strike at a lure, "we could potentially be selecting for fish that are harder to catch," said University of Illinois natural resources and environmental sciences
  • EurekAlert!
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  • 8/22/2017 5:05:00 PM
  • Paradise Bass Fishing Trips
  • Noah is a Division One tight-end football player. He plays for a school in Springfield, Illinois and wanted to get some bass fishing in before season started. The summer heat has not affected the fish and they have been biting really well. Artificial baits
  • bassonline.com
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  • 8/21/2017 2:07:00 PM
  • Old School Trolling wins National Walleye Tour Championship
  • On day one, Day fished with fellow Wisconsin angler Max Wilson and the two caught a 34.23-pound limit. On day two, Day drew Illinois pro Mike Gofron and they improved to 40.61. "Both days we used nothing but Shiver Minnows," said Day. "I fished them ...
  • thefishingwire.com
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  • 8/21/2017 6:40:00 AM
  • Below the Waterline: Carr twins represent 'full circle' of IHSA fishing
  • Some things come full circle in life and it works the same way in fishing. When we started Illinois High School Association bass fishing in 2008, I knew good things would happen. We would see the development of youth fishing beyond belief. Not only would .
  • Pantagraph
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  • 8/17/2017 4:35:00 AM
  • Archery event seeks sponsors to help NC Handicapped Sportsmen
  • A raffle includes a redfish fishing outing and an Illinois deer hunt. Learn more by calling Rogers at 919-390-4123, or visit www.facebook.com/nchandicappedsportsmen. Sporting clays: Deep River Sporting Clays and Shooting School in Sanford will host ...
  • The News & Observer
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  • 8/16/2017 6:33:00 PM
  • Really good catch for first muskie: Good enough for Fish of the Week
  • ‘‘I know it’s not Illinois, but he’s been trying for years and has never given up,’’ cousin Pete Banach messaged. ‘‘He’s a die-hard fisherman when sports don’t get in the way.’’ Hey, Eagle Lake is almost Illinois North. FOTW, the ...
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 8/16/2017 4:16:00 PM
  • Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass in the Midwest
  • I saw that they were catching smalljaws on small rivers and many of them were big. I also noticed that they were based in Illinois -- near Chicago. Since it's a personal goal to catch a fish in all 50 states on the fly and IL didn't have a chalk mark next
  • scout
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  • 8/15/2017 3:47:00 PM
  • Gone fishing: Plenty of places in Region for novices, expert anglers
  • “It’s a great experience if you can afford to do it,” Breidert said. Across the state line into Illinois is Powderhorn Lake, where Theresa Vanderbilt, of Lansing, has fond memories of fishing at as a child and continues fishing at today. “We used ...
  • NWI
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  • 8/13/2017 6:56:00 PM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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