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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.

  • Illinois 2018 Fishing Licenses Go On Sale March 1st
  • SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says state fishing licenses for the year go on sale March 1. The agency says 2018 annual fishing licenses for Illinois residents cost $15 and are good until March 31, 2019. Money from ..
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  • 2/19/2018 7:59:00 PM
  • How to help Rocky fishing team cast off
  • My father took me fishing when I was young and, while I can embrace the challenge, I was never very good at it. Illinois is a state surrounded and crisscrossed by rivers and large and small lakes that offer great fishing. The Illinois High School ...
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  • 2/18/2018 6:57:00 AM
  • Ready for a Friday Fish Fry? This Group Documents Chicago’s Best
  • When she returned to Illinois, she had trouble finding a critical mass of Chicagoans who observed the custom with the same gusto. So in 2011, she formed the Chicago Lenten Fish Fry Club in an effort to spark some interest in the city’s fish fries and ...
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  • 2/14/2018 6:02:00 PM
  • Meat shoots, Lenten fish fries and more going on this week
  • Email: Mail to: Lifestyle, Belleville News-Democrat, 120 S. Illinois St., P.O. Box 427, Belleville, IL 62222-0427. Questions, call Heidi Wiechert at 618-239-2500. Aviston Legion Fish & Chicken Fry — 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. American ...
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  • Crappie used to be the go-to fish at Clear Lake
  • Crappie aren’t native to Clear Lake or even California. It is believed that the first black crappie introduced into Clear Lake came from Meredosia, Illinois, back in 1908. White crappie were stocked in the lake in 1951. The crappie fishery reached its ...
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  • 2/14/2018 7:12:00 AM
  • Here’s the BND guide to nonprofit fish fries in the metro-east
  • Cod, catfish, walleye, salmon and shrimp. Carryouts. 618-939-7999. Did we miss one? Nonprofit events only. Send information to Mail to: Lifestyle, Belleville News-Democrat, 120 S. Illinois St., P.O. Box 427, Belleville, IL 62222-0427.
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  • 2/13/2018 11:30:00 AM
  • Strategies for Pike Fishing in Wind
  • Once you identify prime feeding zones, the rest is easy. *In-Fisherman Field Editor Steve Ryan, Chicago, Illinois, is an avid pike angler and regular contributor to In-Fisherman publications.
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  • Asian carp fish cakes chef’s bid to help control the invasive species
  • Parola has also been working with Illinois’ DNR and the University of Illinois’ food service director, and a recent launch luncheon was held at the University of Illinois. Illinois’ fisheries chief, Dan Stephenson, says Asian carp are now in or can ...
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  • 2/6/2018 3:24:00 PM
  • Fish fries
  • BLUE ISLAND, ILLINOIS — Fraternal Order of Eagles 1332 features Friday fish fries 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16 through March 30. The event features fish and entertainment. The main menu offers shrimp, catfish, fried cod, perch, calamari and whitefish. Call-ahead ..
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  • 2/4/2018 7:58:00 PM
  • New fish cakes aimed at controlling invasive Asian carp
  • Parola has also been working with Illinois' Department of Natural Resources and the University of Illinois' food service director, and a recent launch luncheon was held at the University of Illinois. Illinois' fisheries chief, Dan Stephenson, says Asian ..
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  • 2/3/2018 11:46:00 AM
  • Trout Unlimited Announces 2018 Youth Fly Fishing Education Programs
  • Trout Unlimited Conservation and Fly Fishing Summer Camp in Michigan The 11th annual edition of the Illinois Council of Trout Unlimited Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing camp is scheduled July 22-27, 2018 at the RAM Conference Center in Roscommon ...
  • Chicago Tribune
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  • 2/2/2018 7:07:00 PM
  • The Bloody Benders, America's First Serial Killer Family
  • It was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1996 and is currently the University of Illinois at Chicago police department headquarters. 11. PLENTY OF FUTURE STARS MADE EARLY APPEARANCES. Don Cheadle, James Cromwell, Laurence Fishburne ...
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  • 2/1/2018 6:18:00 AM
  • Below the Waterline: ISU offers students outdoors-related sports
  • Football, basketball and other mainstream sporting events may get all the press at Illinois State, but many may not know there are other sports that include hunting and fishing there too. No large stadiums or big crowds, but students at ISU have two very .
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  • 2/1/2018 5:54:00 AM
  • Around the Area: SWCD having pond fish sale
  • The due date is March 16 for grass carp. The pick-up location is the USDA Service Center Parking Lot at 7205 Marine Road (Illinois 143) in Edwardsville. The fish truck will be on the parking lot on Saturday, March 31 from 8 to 9 a.m. For more information .
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  • 2/1/2018 3:34:00 AM
  • Pair win over $20,000 at Midwest Open Ice Fishing Tournament
  • Each team won $400 for taking home the largest fish of its kind. Gawlinski is from Des Planes, Illinois, while Wojcik is from Round Lake, Illinois. In all, Knutson said the tournament was a success. He said he worried about the timing of the recent warm ..
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  • Chicago Team Wins Bassmaster High School Central Open On Toledo Bend
  • “I’m speechless,” Springer told the crowd. Instead, the Illinois residents let their fishing do the talking. They had approximately 6 pounds of bass on board at noon. But they didn’t fret, despite BASSTrakk showing other teams pushing the pace ...
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  • 1/30/2018 6:47:00 AM
  • Tod Todd of Kingston, Ill., is a professional ice angler and promoter. Tod has competed in several top ice fishing tournaments with outstanding results. Watch Tod on several different TV segments across Illinois.
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  • 1/29/2018 3:15:00 PM
  • The Best Illinois Fishing Right Now
  • Hit these spots for cabin-fever-busting midwinter action at some of the best Illinois fishing lakes. February is an interesting month for Prairie State anglers. Ice-fishing is still going on in many of the state’s extreme northern reaches, while open ...
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Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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