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All about fishing for Atlantic and coho salmon in IL.

Salmon fishing in Illinois

If you want to go salmon fishing in Illinois you have basically one choice. But what a choice...Lake Michigan. All Illinois state record salmon come from Lake Michigan.

About The Pacific Salmon Family

Pacific Salmon are born in and remain in freshwater streams for the early years of life. The number varies by species. Afterward they migrate to the Pacific Ocean waters where they bulk up and prepare for their once in a lifetime spawning run up the freshwater stream where they were born. They will instinctively return to their birthplace, spawn and die. They are found in the streams which empty into the ocean and adjoining ocean waters.

Illinois Salmon Fishing

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies, as well as a variety of other lures and baits.

Fishing for salmon in Illinois

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

IL State Record: 18 lbs 11 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

IL State Record: 20 lbs 9 oz

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

Salmon fishing waters and information, by state.


Learn the life cycle of salmon

The more you know about the life cycle and seasonal migration of salmon, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Illinois salmon fishing waters. Visit the salmon fishing page for more information about the life cycle of the different species of salmon.

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Best salmon fishing waters in Illinois!