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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 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.

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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.

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.

Bass boats and boat rentals

Best bass fishing lakes in Illinois!