Illinois is a wonderful place to fish. Illinois fishable waters include more than 1.6 million acres of surface waters. Illinois sports more than 200 different species of fish.  The IDNR Division of Fisheries stocks and manages sport fishing for largemouth bass, walleye, coho salmon, smallmouth bass, muskie, chinook salmon, bluegill, striped bass, lake trout, crappie, northern pike, brown trout, channel catfish, rainbow trout, and steelhead trout plus others.

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Illinois is a great place to fish. Illinois fishable waters include more than 1.6 million acres of surface waters. These waters include:

  • Illinois' portion of Lake Michigan sized 976,640 acres
  • three U.S. Corps of Engineers Reservoirs composing 54,580 acres
  • more than 91,150 lakes and ponds for 263,900 acres
  • more than 26,400 miles of rivers and streams 325,000 acres

Illinois sports more than 200 different species of fish.  The IDNR Division of Fisheries operates four fish hatcheries to annually produces more than 50 million fish of 18 species for stocking into Illinois waters statewide. Some of the more popular species that are stocked and managed for sport fishing include: largemouth bass, walleye, coho salmon, smallmouth bass, muskie, chinook salmon, bluegill, striped bass, lake trout, crappie, northern pike, brown trout, channel catfish, rainbow trout, skamania, and steelhead trout.

Illinois is is a great place to fish. Facts and figures taken from Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

 

Fishing map guide books to all the great fishing opportunities Illinois has to offer. Each book includes color contour lake maps, area road maps, stocking and survey data and fishing tips. These two volumes: Northern Illinois and Southern Illinois contain 150-200 maps each, for only $21.95!

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Carlyle Lake, Illinois
Carlyle is the largest man-made lake in llinois. Its excellent largemouth bass population has attracted attention from anglers throughout the Midwest. Featured Species: Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Bluegill, White Bass and White Crappie
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Clinton Lake, Illinois
Recent management innovations have made Clinton Lake one of the most diverse fisheries in Illinois. Featured Species: Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Channel Catfish, White Crappie, Bluegill and other Catfish
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Fox Chain-North, Illinois
1 of a 2 Map Set. The Fox Chain O'Lakes consists of nine major lake basins connected by a series of navigable channels. It is considered the largest inland water recreational area in northeastern Illinois. This map includes Bluff Lake, Lake Catherine, Channel Lake, Grass Lake and Lake Marie. Featured Species: Vary by lake and include Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Walleye, Channel Catfish, Carp and Pumpkinseed
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Fox Chain-South, Illinois
1 of a 2 Map Set. The Fox Chain O'Lakes consists of nine major lake basins connected by a series of navigable channels. It is considered the largest inland water recreational area in northeastern Illinois. This map includes Petite Lake, Fox/Nippersink Lakes and Pistakee Lake. Featured Species: Vary by lake and include Walleye, Channel Catfish, Bluegill and Carp
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Kinkaid Lake, Illinois
Deep, clear water surrounded by sandstone bluffs makes Kincaid Lake one of the most scenic lakes in Illinois. Largemouth and muskie are the primary quarry, and it is a popular bass tournament lake. Featured Species: Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Channel Catfish, White Crappie and Bluegill
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Lake Shelbyville, Illinois
Shelbyville is one of Illinois' premier fishing resources. Crappie are the main attraction on this big Corps of Engineers impoundment, but largemouth populations are thriving and trophy fish in the 5- to 7-pound range are available. Featured Species: Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Channel Catfish, White Crappie, White Bass and Bluegill
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Rend Lake, Illinois
Rend Lake is one of Illinois' best waters for largemouth, crappie and white bass. Good numbers of channel and flathead catfish also provide action. Featured Species: Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, White Crappie, White Bass and Bluegill
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Good Illinois Travel, Fishing, and Outdoors Links
Illinois Bureau of Tourism Link Illinois Bureau of Tourism - official Illinois tourism site
Illinois Wildlife Site Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Good Illinois Musky Link Illinois Musky - Good source about Illinois Musky Fishing
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