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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.

  • Why Did These Fish Cross the Road in Illinois Last Week?
  • Why did the fish cross the road? Probably not to get to the other side, assuming the other side was still land. Also probably not to go to the grocery store, as fish don’t need processed food and algae is free underwater. Actually, no one is quite sure ...
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  • 7/20/2017 8:24:00 PM
  • Coast Guard Rescues Two Near Waukegan Harbor, Illinois
  • Boat crew members from Coast Guard Station Kenosha pose with the two men they rescued, Friday, July 14, 2017 at Waukegan Harbor, Illinois. The two men were rescued from the water after their bass boat sank while on a fishing trip. CLEVELAND — The U.S ...
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  • 7/17/2017 7:52:00 AM
  • Lower Illinois River still subject to ebb, flow of negotiations
  • While the Lower Illinois River trout fishery faces another late summer of uncertainty after spring flooding warmed and muddied its supply lake, officials continue to wrestle with a long-term solution for the river that has no official volume. The Oklahoma
  • Tulsa World
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  • 7/16/2017 5:10:00 AM
  • Flooding in Illinois leave fish flapping on the street
  • Bizarre footage has emerged of fish flapping on a road in Illinois after severe flooding blighted the town. As the camera person drives down the road in Round Lake Heights, fish can be seen literally jumping off the road as they struggle to get near water.
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  • 7/14/2017 8:19:00 PM
  • Golconda fishing decline affects economy
  • "We run tournaments all over southern Illinois and all over the Midwest. When you see a fishery declining, the people that are traveling the farthest are the first to stop coming," said Byrnes. In some cases, he has to canceling tournaments altogether.
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  • 7/14/2017 4:43:00 AM
  • Flooding Leaves Fish on the Road in Round Lake Heights, Illinois
  • Seven News has obtained dramatic dashcam footage of the moment officers swooped on a northern suburbs drug ring. Rabbie Daher somehow survived being shot several times in the driveway of his south Sydney home and in front of his young daughter. A flying ..
  • 7 News Yahoo
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  • 7/13/2017 8:47:00 PM
  • CURT HICKEN’S OUTDOORS: Flatheads are Illinois’ big game fish
  • Among many of Illinois varied angling fans, fishing for catfish is considered something of a lazy-man’s sport. These poor misguided anglers think catching these fish merely means loafing along some stretch of shoreline and waiting for a hungry catfish to .
  • The Telegraph
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  • 7/9/2017 1:33:00 PM
  • 84,000 pounds of fish recalled; items shipped to Illinois, Wisconsin
  • About 84,000 pounds of fish products shipped to locations in six states, including Illinois and Wisconsin, are being recalled because they did not meet federal import requirements. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service ...
  • Telegraph Herald
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  • 6/30/2017 6:17:00 AM
  • Fishing and Boating in Illinois
  • Illinois fishing spots range from bustling urban areas to quiet country lakes. You can take your kids to Navy Pier to catch perch or drive 40 miles outside of Chicago to the Monee Reservoir. Get your fishing license, register your boat, and start fishing .
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  • 6/25/2017 2:56:00 PM
  • APNewsBreak: Live Asian carp discovered near Lake Michigan
  • It was caught Thursday by a commercial fisherman under contract with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources about 2 miles below the below the T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam in the Calumet River, on Chicago's south side. The location is the closest to the
  • KSL
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  • 6/23/2017 5:22:00 PM
  • Al Crocker's radio fishing show 10 years old and going strong
  • Each week he talks to a guide, fishing or hunting enthusiast from one of 13 lakes in Southern Illinois. “Tuesday it goes out to all the stations,” he said. “Some air it once and some air it three times. It just depends on how they are marketing it.
  • The Southern
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  • 6/22/2017 6:13:00 AM
  • Buffalo Grove Catches First Fishing State Title
  • Buffalo Grove’s bass fishing team reeled in a state championship Wednesday, June 15 to wrap up the 2016-17 Illinois High School Association sports season. The Bison finished as runner-up on day one at Carlyle Lake, with five fish caught for 7 pounds ...
  • Journal & Topics Newspapers
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  • 6/21/2017 9:03:00 PM
  • Wow! Huge Record Hybrid Striped Bass Caught in Illinois
  • It’s been a stellar fishing year so far in Illinois, where a 21-plus-pound record hybrid striped bass was recently caught. Seven new state fishing records have been recorded in Illinois this year, and the latest one might be the most impressive.
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  • 6/21/2017 2:19:00 PM
  • Fishing the future now: Up & down Lake Shore Drive, 4- to 6-inch perch
  • Keepers are somewhere, just nowhere where I was on a tour up and down Lake Shore Drive. Perch fishing is closed from May 1 to June 15 in the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan. This year, the word was out in the days leading up to the opener Friday that ...
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 6/21/2017 10:43:00 AM
  • Illinois’ 7th state record fish in 2017: Latest is hybrid striped bass
  • The most astonishing year for records in Illinois fishing just keeps going. The latest is the Illinois record for hybrid striped bass. And it is a doozy. So far in 2017, Illinois has had record fish for whitefish (three times), burbot, hybrid crappie ...
  • Chicago Sun-Times
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  • 6/20/2017 5:55:00 PM
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  • 6/19/2017 3:13:00 PM
  • Winkeler: Despite weather IHSA fishing a success story
  • Ice cream is the greatest concoction devised by man. The Illinois High School Association can relate to Husar’s predicament. Since its inception in 2009, the IHSA state bass fishing tournament has been plagued by bad weather. Initially, the tournament ...
  • The Southern
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  • 6/18/2017 6:52:00 AM
  • Rend Lake looks to create 100 new fish habitats
  • REND LAKE -- The Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources want to help us catch more fish at Rend Lake. They'll drop 100 new artificial fish habitats along the shoreline using a $10,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
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  • 6/17/2017 3:21:00 AM
  • Friday Fish Fry - Northern Illinois Area
  • This is my favorite place to go to for a nice Friday Night Fish Fry! The best part is they serve beer battered haddock, which is one of my favorite fried fish. You can get AYCE along with broasted chicken...absolutely delicious. They bring out some of the
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  • 6/16/2017 9:33:00 PM
  • Buffalo Grove lands state bass fishing title
  • Buffalo Grove’s Tyler Lubbat and Dominic Domian pulled 13 pounds and 7 ounces of bass out of Carlyle Lake this week to win the Illinois High School Association’s state bass fishing tournament. The finals, held Wednesday and Thursday, were originally ...
  • Outdoor News
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  • 6/16/2017 7:05:00 PM
  • West Frankfort duo brings home third at state fishing tournament
  • Bass fishing is a game of ounces. The West Frankfort team of Brendan Johnson and Cole Levanti saw the good and bad of that maxim while placing third in the Illinois High School Association’s state bass fishing tournament Thursday. The Redbirds had a two ..
  • The Southern
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  • 6/15/2017 11:34:00 PM
  • Fishing Reports and Outdoor News
  • Starting as a child in the Boy Scouts and 4-H clubs, he loved fishing, hunting and all outdoor activities. He grew up in the SE Illinois town of Breese. By the age of 16, Walt was training upland hunting dogs and guiding clients hunting upland game on the
  • ChicagoNow
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  • 6/15/2017 6:12:00 PM
  • Storming into Day 2: Possibilities, IHSA state finals for bass fishing
  • CARLYLE, Ill.–A veteran southern Illinois bass fishing coach said this morning he thought somebody would bring a 12-pound bag on Day 2 of the IHSA state finals for bass fishing. If that happens, literally any of the 62 teams could win it, even the 21 ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 6/15/2017 4:33:00 PM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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