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If you’re planning a fishing trip to Illinois, you have some excellent choices for lakes and streams throughout the state including 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 and others. Many of the lakes in Illinois have camping facilities as well as other accommodations nearby.

Illinois is well known for excellent Bass, Crappie and Walleye fishing. Additionally, in waters around the state you’ll find populations of Trout, Salmon, Catfish, Stripers, Musky, Northern Pike, Sauger, Saugeye, Spotted Gar, Bowfin and sunfish including Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Redear Sunfish, Rock Bass, Warmouth, White Bass, Yellow Bass, Yellow Perch which are plentiful in some waters.


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Reading Fishing Reports

When reading fishing reports the most useful information is likely to be the sum total of all reports over the last couple weeks, rather than the specifics of the most current fishing report. So finding that the fish have been caught shallow over the last few weeks is more important to know than the exact lure mentioned in the latest report.

Illinois fishing reports for lakes, rivers and streams.

Often archived Illinois fishing reports, from prior years, can help you identify seasonal patterns for a specific lake. Review the prior reports to find consistent information for summer months of June, July and August...the fall months of September and October...the winter months of November, December, January and February. Pay special attention to the spring (March, April and May) fishing reports from prior years as they should provide information to help you predict the approximate time for the spawn.

If you are considering a visit to Illinois for a fishing trip and are unfamiliar with the area, some of the major cities in Illinois include Peoria, Rockford, Aurora, Chicago, Alton, Springfield, Decatur, Mt Vernon, Champaign, Waukegan and others scattered across IL, some with fishing opportunities nearby. To enhance your fishing experience, you may want to hire a local guide. Click here for a list of Illinois fishing guides.

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