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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.

  • Orangethroat darter: First of its kind for Fish of the Week
  • Ben Cantrell, maybe Illinois’ greatest multi-species fisherman, caught this orangethroat darter from a creek, near Chillicothe, that flows into the Illinois River. “Doesn’t get much more colorful than that!’’ he emailed. He’s right about that ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 4/20/2017 6:01:00 PM
  • Fish jumps back into kayak after being released
  • April 20 (UPI) --A man fishing from his kayak in Illinois threw a fish that was too small back into the water -- but the fish jumped right back into his boat. The video, posted to YouTube by Water Hopper Ryan, shows Ryan out fishing in his kayak earlier ..
  • United Press International
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  • 4/20/2017 4:23:00 PM
  • Below the Waterline: Public support a key in keeping water access
  • Being able to fish has become a privilege where at one time it was a right. Lakes across the country, including those in Illinois, are seeing access and privatization take the front seat to public access and it’s clear day-use folks are getting shut out ..
  • Pantagraph
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  • 4/20/2017 12:01:00 AM
  • Sarley: Fishing provides the best opportunity to clear your mind
  • If that isn’t a beautiful thing, then I don’t know what is. In last week’s column, Dan Stephenson, the Chief of Fisheries for the IDNR was quoted as writing, “Illinois fishing licenses are still a good deal. Also, folks over 65 years of age receive ...
  • Northwest Herald
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  • 4/19/2017 11:57:00 PM
  • Spring rush of fishing: Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report
  • Check updates at Fox Waterway Agency. The Illinois River is still up and dirty, but it is starting to recede. Fishing is very slow with not many catching anything. Here is what the ramp looked like as of today. River is projected to fall below flood at ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 4/19/2017 2:45:00 AM
  • Sex Offender Accused of Offering Children Fishing Poles
  • Darnell, who is on Illinois’ sex offender registry for sexually assaulting a one-year old in Madison County 13 years ago, is accused of walking up to the children while they were fishing along the river in Graffton last Thursday and offering them fishing .
  • CBS St. Louis
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  • 4/18/2017 1:54:00 PM
  • Thousands of dead fish in McKinley Park Lagoon
  • "The large die off of fish we saw is likely because of low oxygen levels in the lagoon," said John Belcik, student in population genetics at the University of Illinois - Chicago. "The drainage left the fish where they are but it really pumped out a lot of
  • abc7chicago.com
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  • 4/18/2017 5:47:00 AM
  • Steve Sarley: Taking a deeper look at a 5-year fishing license
  • I received an email from Dan Stephenson, the Chief of Fisheries for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in response to a column I recently wrote. He wanted to explain the reason for the state needing to sell five-year licenses. I have nothing but
  • Northwest Herald
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  • 4/12/2017 5:35:00 AM
  • Fishing scholarship awarded to Douglass teen
  • He recently signed a fishing scholarship for a school in Lebanon, Illinois. Joseph Bruener from Douglass High School will be attending McKendree University in the fall. Growing up, he spent a lot of time with the Nacogdoches Bass Club and says they are ...
  • easttexasmatters.com
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  • 4/10/2017 11:53:00 PM
  • Cold water causes fish to surface on Lake Michigan
  • Fisherman are noticing hundreds of yellow perch on the surface along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources believes that the cause is upwelling, a rare condition in which cold water rises from the deep, pushing up the
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution
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  • 4/7/2017 6:16:00 PM
  • SLIDESHOW: The Art (And Heart) Of Virgil's Lenten Fish Fry
  • Volunteers at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Virgil, Illinois have one last fundraising push this Lenten season. Each Friday during Lent (not including Good Friday) dozens of parishioners lend a hand to make the annual Fish Fry fundraiser a success
  • Northern Public Radio
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  • 4/7/2017 11:31:00 AM
  • Two Monster Largemouth Bass Fishing Slims Fish Camp
  • Today, I had the pleasure to fish with Robert and Jake Pifer. Traveling from Rockford, Illinois, they wanted to catch the fish of a life-time. Jake caught his personal best largemouth weighing 8 pounds 15 ounces. He also caught a near identical twin ...
  • bassonline.com
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  • 4/6/2017 7:38:00 PM
  • Thousands Of Dead Fish Found On Lakefront At Old U.S. Steel Site
  • One fisherman wondered if the birds were in any danger from whatever killed the fish. Photos of the dead fish were shared with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and a conservation officer said the fish kill was under investigation. Thousands of
  • CBS Chicago
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  • 4/6/2017 6:19:00 PM
  • Fish record book slung wide open
  • At Kinkaid Lake, an Illinois record that had held for nearly 41 years was broken by a fraction of an ounce when Ryan Povolish, fishing for bass, caught a black crappie weighing 4 pounds, 8.8 ounces. It’s the largest crappie of any kind recorded in the ...
  • Outdoor News
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  • 4/6/2017 5:19:00 PM
  • Kids' Fishing day draws 140
  • About 140 children and adults turned out for Saturday's spring Kids' Fishing Day at Bird Park Quarry in Kankakee, sponsored by the Northern Illinois Anglers Association and the Kankakee Valley Park District. Despite a fine day for fishing, only 30 rainbow
  • The Daily Journal
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  • 4/6/2017 2:23:00 PM
  • Below the Waterline: Invite shows strength of high school fishing
  • This past weekend I had the opportunity to serve as master of ceremonies for the Illinois High School Invitational at Clinton Lake. High school fishing has gained popularity across the country but its origins in sanctioned high school events started right
  • Pantagraph
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  • 4/6/2017 1:10:00 PM
  • Below the Waterline: State invite shows strength of high school fishing
  • This past weekend I had the opportunity to serve as master of ceremonies for the Illinois High School Invitational at Clinton Lake. High school fishing has gained popularity across the country but its origins in sanctioned high school events started right
  • Pantagraph
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  • 4/6/2017 12:09:00 AM
  • Steve Sarley: The best ways to find where fish are biting
  • Last week, I tried to get you enthused about what I hope is a tremendous kickoff to our 2017 northern Illinois open water fishing season. Mother Nature is still teasing us with erratic weather, but I know for sure that better days are coming. We need some
  • Northwest Herald
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  • 4/5/2017 5:47:00 AM
  • 4 Pound 8 Ounce Record Crappie Landed On Kinkaid Lake
  • But, Ryan Povolish did land an unofficial new state record crappie! According to a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, officials are trying to determine if the fish is a pure black crappie or a hybrid black crappie. Either way ...
  • odumagazine.com
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  • 4/1/2017 3:26:00 PM
  • You’ll be able to go see the record-setting crappie
  • Instead, the fish is headed to Bass Pro Shops aquarium in East Peoria, according to WSIL TV. As for the record, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is still trying to decide which record was broken. The agency is waiting on DNA verification to ...
  • BND
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  • 4/1/2017 4:15:00 AM
  • Teen breaks 2 fishing records in 30 minutes
  • Ken Maggiore, 19, of Chicago, broke the Illinois burbot and whitefish records on March 22 in the span of 30 minutes. He was fishing near Montrose Bay on Lake Michigan during the once-in-a-lifetime experience, according to The Chicago Sun-Times. Maggiore ..
  • FOX News
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  • 3/31/2017 6:41:00 PM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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