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Illinois Bass Fishing

All about fishing for spotted, smallmouth and largemouth bass in Illinois lakes.

Bass fishing in Illinois

Bass are one of the most sought after of all the game fish. Its appeal spans cultures, age groups and genders to tap on the heart strings of anglers everywhere. Join us in our endeavor to offer information about bass fishing on your favorite bass lake in Illinois.

Understanding the primary seasonal movements of smallmouth bass and largemouth bass is key to locating them on local lakes in the Prairie State.

Bass Fishing Lakes In Illinois

There are bass in ponds, creeks, rivers, streams, small lakes and large impoundments in Illinois. Some of the larger lakes with healthy populations of bass include Carlyle Lake, Cedar Lake, Crab Orchard Lake, Fox Lake, Heidecke Lake, Kinkaid Lake, Lake Clinton, Lake Lou Yeager, Lake Of Egypt, Lake Michigan, Lake Shelbyville, Lake Springfield, Lake Taylorville, Newton Lake, Rend Lake and Sangchris Lake.

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Catch big bass!

The Illinois state record largemouth bass was caught from Stone Quarry Lake and the state record smallmouth came from Strip Mine Lake.

Fishing for bass In Illinois

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

IL State Record: 13 lbs 1 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

IL State Record: 6 lbs 7 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

IL State Record: 7 lbs 3 oz

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Bass fishing information, by state.


Learn the lifecycle of a bass

The more you know about the seasonal migration of bass, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Illinois bass fishing lakes. Bass become active in spring and begin the spawning process in shallow water. As summer arrives they move to deeper, cooler water. In fall they migrate into the shallows again and feed heavily preparing for their move to deeper water to wait out winter. Visit the bass fishing page for more in-depth information about bass activities.

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