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Best Illinois Fishing Lakes

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Top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in IL.

Clinton Lake, Crab Orchard Lake, Fox Chain O' Lakes, Kinkaid Lake, Lake Decatur, Lake Shelbyville, Rend Lake and Sangchris Lake are among the most popular places for fishing in Illinois, offering anglers the chance to pursue a variety of fish species.

  • Carlyle Lake, IL
  • Clinton Lake, IL
  • Crab Orchard Lake, IL
  • Devils Kitchen Lake, IL
  • Fox Chain O' Lakes, IL
  • Heidecke Lake, IL
  • Kinkaid Lake, IL
  • Lake Decatur, IL
  • Lake Of Egypt, IL
  • Lake Shelbyville, IL
  • Lake Springfield, IL
  • Newton Lake, IL
  • Rend Lake, IL
  • Sangchris Lake, IL
Best Bass Lakes

Carlyle Lake, Clinton Lake, Crab Orchard Lake, Fox Chain O' Lakes, Heidecke Lake, Kinkaid Lake, Lake Of Egypt, Lake Shelbyville, Lake Springfield and Rend Lake are considered the best options for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. More...

Popular Catfish Lakes

Carlyle Lake, Clinton Lake, Crab Orchard Lake, Fox Chain O' Lakes, Heidecke Lake, Kinkaid Lake, Lake Shelbyville, Lake Springfield, Newton Lake, Rend Lake and Sangchris Lake are favorite options for channel, blue and flathead catfish. More...

Top Crappie Lakes

Clinton Lake, Crab Orchard Lake, Fox Chain O' Lakes, Kinkaid Lake, Lake Decatur, Lake Of Egypt, Lake Shelbyville, Lake Springfield, Rend Lake and Sangchris Lake are the most popular lakes for black and white crappie. More...

Favorite Sunfish-Panfish Lakes

Carlyle Lake, Clinton Lake, Crab Orchard Lake, Devils Kitchen Lake, Fox Chain O' Lakes, Lake Decatur, Lake Of Egypt, Lake Shelbyville, Lake Springfield, Rend Lake and Sangchris Lake are popular lakes to fish for bluegill, bream, perch and other sunfish. More...

Best Walleye Lakes

Crab Orchard Lake, Fox Chain O' Lakes, Heidecke Lake, Kinkaid Lake, Lake Decatur, Lake Of Egypt, Lake Shelbyville and Sangchris Lake are considered amongst the top lakes for walleye fishing. More...

Popular Trout Lakes

While many small lakes and ponds are stocked with trout, Devil's Kitchen Lake is the favorite option among larger lakes for rainbow and brown trout. More...

Top Striper Lakes

Clinton Lake, Heidecke Lake, Lake Decatur and Sangchris Lake are the best options for striped bass or hybrid striped bass. More...

Favorite Salmon Lakes

Lake Michigan is the only option in IL for Atlantic and coho sockeye salmon fishing. More...

Visit the Illinois fishing page for links to information covering a wide variety of fish species and local fishing choices in the state. Visit the Illinois map to identify your best route to these top fishing locations. Look to our sister site for additional information about boating in IL at many of the most popular lakes in the state.

Best Fishing Lakes By State.