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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.

  • AREA OUTDOOR NOTES: New fishing, hunting licenses required April 1
  • Anglers and hunters planning to enjoy their favorite pastimes will need to purchase new licenses after Friday. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers and hunters it is nearly time to purchase their 2017 Illinois fishing, hunting and .
  • The Telegraph
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  • 3/26/2017 12:04:00 PM
  • Trout fishing just around the corner
  • Davenport. In Illinois, the spring trout season begins at 5 a.m. Saturday, April 1. The DNR will stock the pond at Prospect Park on 30th Avenue in Moline sometime before then. Meanwhile, Illinois hunting and fishing licenses for 2016 expire March 31.
  • Quad-Cities Times
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  • 3/24/2017 5:20:00 PM
  • Heartland Cooks: Satish's North Indian Fish Fry
  • There are plenty of fish fries in the Heartland throughout spring leading up to Easter, but Satish Walia at India Delight in Marion, Illinois makes his fried fish much differently. Satish uses his proven technique to remove any hint of fishy smell from ...
  • KFVS12
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  • 3/24/2017 3:56:00 PM
  • Ramps at 95th, honor & Chicago fishing stuff: Mayor’s Meeting
  • He said things are on track for stocking all fish this spring on Lake Michigan. He said Brenda McKinney, Urban Fishing Coordinator for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, is short four clinic instructors–Washington Sherman, McKinley and ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 3/24/2017 10:00:00 AM
  • Greatest day of fishing on Chicago lakefront: Burbot & whitefish
  • No, that’s not overstating the case. At least when it comes to Illinois-record fish. Maggiore caught Illinois’ records for lake whitefish and burbot at Montrose Harbor in the space of a half hour. “I am still in shock,’’ Maggiore said after ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 3/23/2017 11:51:00 PM
  • Purina's Fish Food Killed Bass, Fish Farm Says
  • Law360, New York (March 23, 2017, 3:55 PM EDT) -- An Illinois fish farm filed a property damage and product liability lawsuit Wednesday against Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, claiming its fish food, marketed as safe for largemouth bass, was actually unsafe .
  • Law 360
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  • 3/23/2017 8:07:00 PM
  • How to Get a Fishing License in Illinois Before Trout Season
  • A fisheries biologist with the Forest Preserves of Cook County tells us who needs a license, how to get one and where you can fish. RIVER FOREST, IL - As fishing season begins soon, a number of people new to the sport may not know that there’s some odds ..
  • Patch
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  • 3/22/2017 1:49:00 PM
  • Wimbiscus: Scouting Joliet's Lenten fish fries
  • 4 to 7:30 p.m. Baked or fried cod, shrimp, catfish or chicken breast. Dine-in or carryout. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. St. Mary Immaculate School gym, 15629 Illinois 59, Plainfield. (815) 436-2651, ext. 841. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cod, shrimp, grilled cheese ...
  • The Herald-News
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  • 3/17/2017 4:57:00 PM
  • Soybeans fish feeding cage
  • Illinois Soybean Association members David Murphy and Zach Bailey look into a fish feeding cage off the coast of Ensenada, Mexico. The Soy Ambassadors attended the 2017 Offshore Mariculture Conference March 7-9 to learn about the benefits of feeding soy to
  • Iowa Farmer Today
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  • 3/16/2017 12:06:00 AM
  • Technique may benefit fish farmers
  • A University of Illinois researcher has found another use for bioreactors for another group of producers — fish farmers. The 2013 Census of Aquaculture shows that Illinois has 23 fish farms and 17 food fish farms, but not all of them would use this ...
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  • 3/15/2017 10:17:00 PM
  • Coho, LaSalle opener, fly fishing trout: Chicago fishing, MFR
  • Fishing for coho and trout comes and goes on southern Lake Michigan, winter returned, LaSalle Lake reopens Wednesday, March 15, and fly fishing for trout in Illinois opens Saturday, March 18, all that leads this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 3/15/2017 2:37:00 AM
  • Final Reminder Spring Valley Closes TONIGHT Monday March 13
  • The fish-rich, swirling currents of the Illinois River at Spring Valley, Illinois, will once again be the stage for another Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit regular season opener. Set for March 17-18 out of the Spring Valley Boat Club, the qualifying ...
  • OutdoorsFIRST
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  • 3/13/2017 5:12:00 PM
  • Buck on hill, fly fishing Illinois, bait shops: Chicago outdoors
  • Sandy and Steve Melovic wonderfully photographed this buck standing on a rise on the Texaco property in Lockport. Buck of the Week: Unplugged, a celebration of live big bucks around Chicago outdoors, runs on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page as ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 3/13/2017 10:57:00 AM
  • Winkeler: When it comes to fishing, it's all good
  • The Illinois budget situation is simply depressing. In one of his essays, Wetherell laments the fact that no such prose exists concerning the art of bass fishing. I had never thought of that before, but Wetherell is absolutely correct. The language of ...
  • The Southern
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  • 3/9/2017 7:33:00 AM
  • Boston College Lands Transfer OL Eddy Fish From Illinois
  • Fish, the nephew of the current head of the Board of Trustees at Boston College, originally committed to Boston College as a preferred walk on back in December of 2015. The Lawrence Academy (MA) player was considered a 3* offensive lineman at the time ...
  • BC Interruption
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  • 3/8/2017 11:07:00 PM
  • Illinois River Hosts Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit 2017 Season Opener
  • Ponca City, Okla.-March 6, 2017-The fish-rich, swirling currents of the Illinois River at Spring Valley, Illinois, will once again be the stage for another Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit regular season opener. Set for March 17-18 out of the Spring Valley
  • Outdoors FIRST
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  • 3/8/2017 5:39:00 AM
  • Illinois River Hosts Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit 2017 Season Opener
  • Ponca City, Okla.—March 6, 2017—The fish-rich, swirling currents of the Illinois River at Spring Valley, Illinois, will once again be the stage for another Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit regular season opener. Set for March 17-18 out of the Spring ...
  • OutdoorsFIRST
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  • 3/8/2017 5:39:00 AM
  • Sarley: Simple spinnerbaits prove to work best for spring fishing
  • If I had to choose only one presentation to be throwing at Northern Illinois’ spring fish it would have to be a white spinnerbait. I’m not claiming to be a genius or a visionary here – a majority of area anglers are tossing these lures right now ...
  • Northwest Herald
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  • 3/8/2017 3:58:00 AM
  • Brad Laabs column: Got the bug? Lots of fishing opportunities in the region
  • The Mississippi River pool 4 at Red Wing is open all year long, and has a good walleye and sauger fishing. The Illinois River near Peru and Spring Valley Illinois is highly-recognized sauger fishery in March and April, with a mix of walleyes in the system
  • DL Online Giving Information Life
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  • 3/5/2017 2:08:00 PM
  • Your essential map, guide to metro-east fish fries
  • 618-345-2508. Collinsville Fish Fry — 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. Knights of Columbus Hall, Illinois 157, Collinsville. Eat in or carryout. Fried/baked cod, catfish, sides. Senior plate starting at $4.99. 618-345-1492. Freeburg Fish Fry — 2 to 8 ...
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  • 3/1/2017 7:55:00 PM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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