Illinois Fishing Reports

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Recent Activity in Illinois

Shared catches, fishing spots and reports

  1. Largemouth Bass

    1. Nice one ☝️
  2. Was fishing for Crappie with a small jig & minnow, but this guy came along. Quite a surprise. Great fight. Released unharmed to fight another day. 🙂

    30.0 in. Northern Pike with a Strike King Mr. Crappie Jig Heads

  3. Say what?!?! I was jigging a Little Cleo Spoon and all of a sudden it felt different. Thought I had a weed. Reeled it in and Nope! So...a snag, or did it hit my ...more lure?

    3.0 in. Gizzard Shad with a Little Cleo

  4. 6 lb. 9 in. Hybrid Striped Bass

    1. Bill Fussell 0
      now that’s a fighter right there for sure👍🏻
  5. Using jig at Skokie Lagoons… couple of smaller ones in Texas rigged Senko

    2 lb. 2 oz. Largemouth Bass

  6. nice late summer day on the Kish

    Smallmouth Bass with a Zoom Fat Albert Curly Tail

    1. George Horvath 0
      Nice 😊
  7. 6 lb. 2 oz. 25.0 in. Channel Catfish with a chubb mini-mite 2 pink crappie jighead

  8. Big ol' Flathead

    Flathead Catfish with a Gamakatsu 1/0 circle hook, 1oz weight, 12lb mono, 30lb floro leader and sucker

    1. George Horvath 0
      Nice 😊
  9. It was bigger than it looks. First catch on my kayak

    12 in. Largemouth Bass with a Mepps Black Fury Spinner

    1. George Horvath 0
      Nice one ☝️

Popular Waterways

The most active fishing spots in Illinois


  • Heidecke Lake

    Heidecke Lake is a power plant cooling lake owned by Commonwealth Edison. Heidecke Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area is maintained and operated by the Illinois Department of Conservation in cooperatio...

    Followers
    1014
    Catches
    143
    Spots
    68

  • Braidwood Lake

    Braidwood Lake is a partially perched (elevated above the surrounding terrain to catch wind) cooling reservoir owned by Commonwealth Edison. The lake consists of a series of old strip mine pits that ...

    Followers
    1046
    Catches
    96
    Spots
    132

  • Kinkaid Lake

    Kincaid Lake is a superb fishing resource for several species, including largemouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, walleye, and muskie. It is a popular bass tournament lake and crappie angling pressu...

    Followers
    922
    Catches
    49
    Spots
    120

  • Rend Lake

    Rend Lake is the second largest impoundment in Illinois. This U.S. Corps of Engineer project has become one of the most popular multi-recreational resources in southern Illinois. Its fishing reputatio...

    Followers
    1179
    Catches
    107
    Spots
    159

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