Fishing in Illinois

Illinois offers great fishing opportunities for anglers with more than 1.6 million acres of surface water, including Lake Michigan.

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Top Fishing Spots in Illinois

Chain O'Lakes State Park
This Park is a water-oriented recreation area with outstanding opportunities for anglers and boaters.
Jim Edgar Panther Creek Park
This Park is 40 miles from Springfield is a great place to catch largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, muskie on Prairie Lake.
Johnson Sauk Trail State Park
This Park has a 58-acre lake with excellent populations of largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish and bullhead.
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Common Catches in Illinois

Walleye
Walleye
The walleye is a wide-ranging, North American species that occurs virtually everywhere on the mainland.
Atlantic Salmon
Atlantic Salmon
The value of the Atlantic salmon both as a sport, commercial, and food fish cannot be exaggerated.
Muskellunge
Muskellunge
It was once believed that there were at least four species of muskellunge, but these varieties are now considered to be one species
White Bass
White Bass
They are an excellent light tackle fish that will take a bait or lure readily.
Brown Trout
Brown Trout
The brown trout is one of the world’s most widely distributed and highly esteemed freshwater fish.
Lake Trout
Lake Trout
The lake trout has considerable value both as a sport fish and a food fish.

Types of Fishing in Illinois

Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing provides anglers an opportunity to go fishing during the winter months.

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Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing

Fly fishing is fun, relaxing and easy to learn. Learn how to start fly fishing today.

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Lakes & Ponds

Lakes & Ponds

Lakes and ponds are great places for fish to live. Learn where to find fish, tips and more

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