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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.

  • Flooding has negligible effect on fish spawn
  • The timing and duration of flooding throughout Southern Illinois probably won’t have a negative effect on game fish spawns. In some cases, flooding may have actually been beneficial. The timing of the flooding was most likely to disrupt the crappie spawn.
  • The Southern
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  • 5/25/2017 1:20:00 PM
  • Lure of competitive fishing snags high schoolers
  • The team is actually part competitive team and part club. A coed group of about 30 participate in outings throughout northern Illinois during warmer months, fishing from the shore of Lake Michigan, small lakes, and the Des Plaines River, among other spots.
  • Chicago Tribune
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  • 5/24/2017 7:04:00 PM
  • Take a Vet Fishing
  • Take a Vet Fishing's 2017 event is coming up on May 21 at the Thirsty Turtle Marina and Brew & View Pub. Veterans from around Illinois are invited for a day of fishing, food, and fun. Groups will begin casting their lines at 7:00 a.m. There's a Veterans ..
  • abc7chicago.com
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  • 5/20/2017 12:09:00 PM
  • Record Tiger Musky Keeps the Ball Rolling for New Illinois Record Fish
  • An Illinois tiger musky may make the record books and keeps the train rolling on what is turning out to be a tremendous year for record fish in the state. When the DNA test results return Terry Livingston Sr. will very likely hold the top spot in the ...
  • wideopenspaces.com
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  • 5/20/2017 10:35:00 AM
  • Lake Michigan’s Best Chicago-Area Fishing
  • During all those years fishing was always very good, with some seasons better than others. But the 2016 catches off the Illinois shoreline outshone all the other seasons by a country mile. The reason for this unprecedented upswing in spot fishing success .
  • gameandfishmag.com
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  • 5/19/2017 6:53:00 PM
  • Another event to get kids hooked on fishing
  • A new fishing tournament to benefit the Northern Illinois Anglers Association kids fishing programs will be held June 10 on the Kankakee River and at Bird Park quarry. The Kankakee River Rats first annual "Kids Pole Fishing Tournament" will feature ...
  • The Daily Journal
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  • 5/19/2017 3:32:00 PM
  • Fishing report: Weekend of May 19-21
  • Information provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and compiled by Joe Lyons of the Post-Dispatch staff. Baldwin: Bass fair using spinnerbaits; catfish fair using cut baits; bluegill fair ...
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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  • 5/19/2017 1:09:00 PM
  • Illinois man drowns after legs get caught in fishing gear
  • Authorities say a 48-year-old East St. Louis man drowned after his boat capsized and his legs got tangled in his fishing gear. The Belleville News-Democrat reports Lonnie Smith was fishing on Baldwin Lake with his son and another man Wednesday when high ..
  • wpsdlocal6.com
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  • 5/19/2017 10:59:00 AM
  • Illinois man drowns after legs get caught in fishing gear
  • BALDWIN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a 48-year-old East St. Louis man drowned after his boat capsized and his legs got tangled in his fishing gear. The Bellville News-Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/2rwhmrh) Lonnie Smith was fishing on Baldwin Lake with ..
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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  • 5/19/2017 3:57:00 AM
  • Really big bass from hot Plainfield South team: Fish of the Week
  • Plainfield South finds its bass-fishing team on a big roll. Ryan Park (holding fish) caught and Tommy ‘‘Scoop’’ McDonald netted the big bass of 7.67 pounds in the Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship on May 6 at Clinton Lake. The fish was ...
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 5/17/2017 6:57:00 PM
  • Illinois fish records keep falling: DNA could prove tiger muskie
  • Tom Kimes understands the universal draw of big fish. ‘‘Normally I would have said no, but when they said how big it was, I had to see it,’’ Kimes said about weighing Terry Livingston Sr.’s possible Illinois-record tiger muskie May 9.
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 5/17/2017 10:15:00 AM
  • Hooked on Fishing Remains Closed After Flooding
  • EAST PEORIA, Ill - Some businesses in the area are still dealing with the effects of heavy rainfall that hit central Illinois earlier this month. Hooked on Fishing, a nonprofit in East Peoria that teaches kids to fish remains closed after flooding delayed
  • Central Illinois Proud
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  • 5/16/2017 11:13:00 PM
  • 3-D models reveal hidden details of zebrafish behavior
  • in Rome, Italy; Daniele Neri, Tommaso Ruberto, and Violet Mwaffo, all at NYU Tandon in Porfiri's group; and Sachit Butail, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Northern Illinois University. "Zebrafish are inherently social species who ...
  • Phys
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  • 5/16/2017 7:31:00 PM
  • Gone Fishing: Top 5 SEMO hot spots for anglers
  • If you're looking for a nice fishing hole to reel in bass, catfish, or crappie, look no further. Due to the housing crisis in Cairo, Illinois people are speaking out including even the youngest of residents. Sixth graders in the Cairo School District ...
  • KFVS12
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  • 5/16/2017 12:45:00 AM
  • Catch your fish and eat it, too, at annual derby
  • People get super excited about it." Plus, participants don't need a fishing license that day; thanks to a permit from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. They're also getting a pond fully stocked with catfish, affording them a darned good chance
  • Chicago Tribune
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  • 5/15/2017 8:45:00 PM
  • Bass Fishing State Finals Moves Date
  • The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced Wednesday, May 10 that the 2017 IHSA bass fishing state final tournament, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 19-20 at Carlyle Lake in Carlyle, has been postponed due to potentially dangerous water .
  • Journal & Topics Newspapers
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  • 5/12/2017 7:28:00 PM
  • Fishing for a new hobby? Try It! aims to reel in new anglers
  • All these other things will be revealed to you." Although a fishing license is required for ages 16 and older to fish in Illinois, the Forest Preserve District of Will County has coordinated with the Department of Natural Resources to waive that ...
  • Chicago Tribune
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  • 5/12/2017 3:26:00 AM
  • Fishing for a new hobby? 'Try It!' aims to reel in new anglers
  • All these other things will be revealed to you." Although a fishing license is required for ages 16 and older to fish in Illinois, Forest Preserve District of Will County has coordinated with the Department of Natural Resources to waive that requirement ..
  • Chicago Tribune
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  • 5/11/2017 11:24:00 PM
  • IHSA Forced to Reschedule Bass Fishing Tournament Due to High Water
  • CLINTON COUNTY, ILL. (KMOX) – It happened in 2011 and again in 2013. This year marks the third year that the Illinois High School Association is having to delay its state bass fishing tournament due to high water levels on Carlyle Lake. IHSA ...
  • CBS St. Louis
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  • 5/11/2017 1:59:00 PM
  • Illinois high school bass fishing tournament postponed
  • CARLYLE, Ill. (AP) - High water levels on Carlyle Lake in southern Illinois have forced the postponement of state high school bass fishing tournament. The Illinois High School Association on Wednesday said the event that was planned for May 19 and 20 will
  • WSIL TV
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  • 5/11/2017 7:26:00 AM
  • 2017 IHSA Bass Fishing State Finals Postponed
  • The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced today (May 10, 2017) that the 2017 IHSA Bass Fishing State Final Tournament, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 19-20 at Carlyle Lake in Carlyle, has been postponed due to potentially dangerous ...
  • ihsa.org
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  • 5/10/2017 6:53:00 PM
  • Illinois high school bass fishing tournament postponed
  • CARLYLE — High water levels on Carlyle Lake in southern Illinois have forced the postponement of state high school bass fishing tournament. The Illinois High School Association on Wednesday said the event that was planned for May 19 and 20 will be ...
  • The Rock River Times
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  • 5/10/2017 6:31:00 PM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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