Illinois Bass Fishing
Fish for spotted, smallmouth and largemouth bass.
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.
Bass reside in ponds, creeks, rivers, streams, small lakes and large impoundments across the state. Bass lakes in Illinois. Some of the larger lakes with healthy populations of bass include Anderson Lake, Carlyle Lake, Cedar Lake, Clinton Lake, Coffeen Lake, Crab Orchard Lake, Devils Kitchen Lake, East Fork 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.
World record: 22 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 13 lbs 1 oz
World record: 11 lbs 15 oz
State Record: 6 lbs 7 oz
World record: 9 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 7 lbs 3.12 oz
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Top 5 Bass Fishing Lures For Illinois
Illinois State Record Bass
The state record largemouth bass was caught in Stone Quarry Lake.
The state record smallmouth came from a strip mine lake.
The state record spotted bass came out of a strip mine lake.
Brennan Kirby shows off a nice 7lb smallmouth.
Bass fishing basics video.
Catch big bass!
Bass fishing information by state.
The lifecycle of 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. Visit the bass fishing page for more in-depth information about bass activities.