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All about fishing for alligator, gar, bowfin, chain pickerel, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike, paddlefish, sauger, saugeye, spotted gar, sturgeon and tiger muskie in Illinois.

This state offers unique fishing opportunities. Listed below find information about these species of fish, found in Illinois waters.

Fishing for miscellaneous species in Colorado

Larger lakes across the state of Colorado, with some of these miscellaneous fish populations, may include 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.

Fishing for other species in Illinois



World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

IL State Record: 16 lbs 6 oz


Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

IL State Record: 37 lbs 13 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

IL State Record: 26 lbs 15 oz



World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

IL State Record: 5 lbs 12 oz



World record: 15 lbs 6 oz

IL State Record: 8 lbs 7 oz

Spotted Gar

Spotted gar

World record: 9 lbs 12 oz

IL State Record: 7 lbs 13 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Information on fishing for unique species, by state.


Learn the habits and lifecycle of each species

Many of the species we portray as "other" in this website are simply not as commonly fished for as the more popular fish. For insight into some of these "other" fish in Illinois, visit the other fishing page for more in-depth information.

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