Illinois Bait Shops, Tackle Shops, Fishing Reports, and Fishing Charters

Illinois Fishing Reports

  "12 May 2022. Water 75 degrees. In a boat or off the bank, you will catch a..." Argyle Lake Dam

  "I just moved back up here after a couple of decades and was wondering how..." Tower Lake

  "This lake is privately owned by people who live there..." Lake Helen

  "Crappies are hitting hard 10 ft with bobber n shiner..." East Fork Lake

Illinois Fishing

Illinois Bait Shops, Tackle Shops, and Fishing Spots
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Illinois Fishing Licenses

Join us as we discuss the Illinois Fishing License options, fishing rules and fishing regulations. Please remember to check with the local Fish and Wildlife department to ensure the Fishing Spot is open to the public, and respect all signs indicating private property or restricting access.

About Illinois Fishing was built for the outdoors-men and -women using a crowd sourcing model whereby we leave the local knowledge to the locals. Make edits, update details, share reports, and record your catches with photos, locations, and much more. Share your passion with your fellow outdoorsmen.

Fishing in the state of Illinois, there are plenty of bodies of water to choose from. In fact, there are 5,340 bodies of water where fishing could be possible, such as Tower Lake, Rend Lake and Horsetail Lake. Fish for Crappie, Sunfish or Catfish or one of the other 27 fish found in this state; and if you need gear get your fly fishing gear, baitcasting setup, trolling equipment, or spincasting gear out and find your new honey hole.

Fish Species Found in Illinois

Largemouth Bass,  Bream/Bluegill,  Crappie,  Catfish,  Bullhead,  Carp,  Rock Bass,  Panfish,  Warmouth,   and 59 more

Bodies of Water in Illinois

763 Lakes

2,580 Rivers and Streams

1,050 Reservoirs

947 other