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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

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.

  • Catching Numbers Lake Okeechobee Largemouth Bass Fishing
  • We were catching numbers Lake Okeechobee largemouth bass fishing. I had the pleasure to fish with Rob Junior and Jim from the great state of Illinois. We fished today out of Belle Glade with the weather starting out pretty decent this morning, but the ...
  • bassonline.com
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  • 1/20/2017 12:51:00 AM
  • Ice-fishing trip results in first Illinois bobcat sighting
  • The author got a good look at one of these shy creatures, but no bobcat photo in a recent ice-fishing outing. Probably the last place I expected to see my first Illinois bobcat was during a winter fishing trip in west-central Illinois. I spent several days
  • Outdoor News
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  • 1/16/2017 9:07:00 PM
  • Pulling fish through ice much more fun if you can keep warm
  • Ice fishing in Illinois can be a hit-and-miss proposition due to the fact that we never know what kind of winter we will get. After a few mild winters, we also tend to forget how to prepare for a really cold season. We found that out during the recent cold
  • Outdoor News
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  • 1/12/2017 10:31:00 PM
  • Below the Waterline: Hamilton taking Xpress route to Elite Series
  • We wish Skylar the best this year on the Elite Series. Xpress Boats are available in Central Illinois at Buell’s Marine in Canton. The first Pantagraph owned Fish and Feather Expo will be Jan. 27, 28 and 29 at the Interstate Center in Bloomington.
  • Pantagraph
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  • 1/12/2017 1:12:00 AM
  • Gary Engberg: Rivers place to go for open-water fishing in winter
  • Remember that you need a valid fishing license, a Great Lakes Trout stamp, and to dress properly for this time of year. Illinois River sauger: The Illinois River is one of the Midwest’s best waters for saugers, a cousin of the walleye. The action starts ..
  • Madison
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  • 1/10/2017 9:08:00 AM
  • New Illinois laws may affect hunters, trappers and fishing enthusiasts
  • SPRINGFIELD - Four state laws going into effect this year may affect some of the favorite hobbies of Riverbend residents, including hunting, fishing and trapping. Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director of Communications Ed Cross said the
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  • 1/8/2017 9:55:00 AM
  • Flying Fish "Oz" Memorial Meet Raises $13,500 to Help Kids Swim
  • With more than 500 swimmers on the Flying Fish swim team and nearly 1,200 in its learn-to-swim program, Flying Fish Aquatics at YWCA Evanston/North Shore is one of the largest aquatics programs in Illinois. Learn more at ywca.org/flyingfish.
  • Chicago Tribune
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  • 1/4/2017 7:32:00 PM
  • Let's Go Fishing Show expected to attract more than 8,000 people
  • Families can enjoy the free Cabela's Fishing Pond, kids games, face painting, balloon clowns, a caricature artist, educational displays, a Fishing Simulator Game from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and a Live Animal Exhibit from Treehouse ...
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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  • 1/4/2017 9:11:00 AM
  • ChicagoLand Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Show Jan. 26-29
  • What: The Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo returns to Schaumburg, Illinois January 26-29, creating an outdoor oasis indoors. Whether it's testing the latest fishing and outdoor gear or learning the latest and greatest techniques, the Expo is the
  • thefishingwire.com
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  • 1/4/2017 8:08:00 AM
  • Anglers reminded of safe practices when ice fishing
  • As fishing holes freeze over, anglers are being reminded of safe practices when dropping a line on the ice. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says those planning an ice fishing trip should follow these guidelines: • stay off the ice unless it ..
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 1/2/2017 1:31:00 PM
  • Really big Illinois walleye through the ice: Fish of the Week
  • Here’s to a young man with an old fish. FOTW, the celebration of big fish and good stories, runs Wednesdays on the Sun-Times outdoors page. The story part or fishing of the moment, such as this one, matters as much as the big fish part, generally.
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 12/29/2016 6:44:27 AM
  • Potential Changes To Fishing Laws In Illinois
  • Illinois (WIBQ) - There are a host of new laws on the books for Illinois residents in 2017. One law in particular opens up catfish hunting options for fishermen. The new law adds catfish to a short list of fish that can be hunted by spear guns, bows and ..
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  • 12/28/2016 5:48:22 AM
  • Ice Fishing Channel Catfish
  • In-Fisherman Field Editor Steve Ryan, Des Plaines, Illinois, is an avid chaser of trophy cats, from channel cats near home to exotic species in far-off lands.
  • in-fisherman.com
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  • 12/23/2016 4:02:45 PM
  • DNR reminding anglers of the importance of safety when ice fishing
  • SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding anglers that heading to their favorite frozen fishing holes does come with risks this time of year. As the temperatures drop in Illinois, those who enjoy year-round ...
  • www.riverbender.com
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  • 12/22/2016 8:25:49 AM
  • Ice fishing tournament set at forest preserve
  • Anglers 16 and older who are not legally disabled must carry valid Illinois fishing licenses. The main entrance to Blackwell Forest Preserve is located on Butterfield Road west of Winfield Road. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org.
  • Chicago Tribune
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  • 12/21/2016 7:47:02 PM
  • Another big perch, signs of the time: Fish of the Weekc
  • Ricardo Cruz, who caught the Illinois-record whitefish this summer, shows he can catch big perch, too. The North Sider caught this one last Wednesday at Navy Pier. BTW, I would love to run some Fish of the Week from ice fishing, but rarely get submissions.
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 12/21/2016 1:34:48 PM
  • Another big perch, signs of the time: Fish of the Week
  • Ricardo Cruz, who caught the Illinois-record whitefish this summer, shows he can catch big perch, too. The North Sider caught this one last Wednesday at Navy Pier. BTW, I would love to run some Fish of the Week from ice fishing, but rarely get submissions.
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 12/21/2016 1:34:48 PM
  • Widespread ice fishing: Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report
  • The sprawling raw-file report is posted here online on the Sun-Times outdoors page. Ricardo Cruz, who caught the Illinois record whitefish this summer, sent a colorful photo of perch at Navy Pier last week. Perch action has been more variable or limited in
  • Chicago Sun Times
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  • 12/20/2016 7:12:26 PM
  • Chicagoland 'Hard Water Classic' Ice Fishing Tournament Set
  • Anglers 16 and older who are not legally disabled must carry valid Illinois fishing licenses. The main entrance to Blackwell Forest Preserve is located on Butterfield Road 0.25 mile west of Winfield Road. “The ‘Hard Water Classic’ is a wonderful ...
  • Patch
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  • 12/20/2016 4:20:38 PM
  • Steve Sarley: Ice fishing is about fun, making new friends
  • I urge you to get as much education as you can and also to participate in the various derbies that will be happening all over northern Illinois in the upcoming months. The derbies are one heck of a lot of fun. Sure, there are people who fish seriously for
  • Northwest Herald
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  • 12/14/2016 8:31:07 PM

Illinois Guides/Outfitters

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Illinois Fishing Clubs

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Illinois Weather

Champaign, IL (61820)

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