Illinois Bass Fishing
All about fishing for spotted, smallmouth and largemouth bass in Illinois lakes.
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.
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 Anderson Lake, Carlyle Lake, Cedar Lake, Clinton Lake, Crab Orchard Lake, Devils Kitchen Lake, Evergreen Lake, Fox Chain O' Lakes, Governor Bond Lake, Heidecke Lake, Kinkaid Lake, Lake Carroll, Lake Decatur, Lake Lou Yeager, Lake Mattoon, Lake Michigan, Lake Of Egypt, Lake Shelbyville, Lake Springfield, Lake Taylorville, Little Grassy Lake, Newton Lake, Otter Lake, Rend Lake and Sangchris Lake.
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.
World record: 22 lbs 4 oz
IL State Record: 13 lbs 1 oz
World record: 11 lbs 15 oz
IL State Record: 6 lbs 7 oz
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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