Illinois Fishing Reports

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Recent Activity in Illinois

Shared catches, fishing spots and reports

  1. First time out for the year. Water was 47 degrees tough fishing conditions. But I did catch this Nice Walleye. Love fishing..

    2 lb. 8 oz. 22 in. Walleye with a Rapala Shad Raps

  2. I was with my in-laws for Greek Easter. I got up early to fish and caught this Cat within 5 mins of going out. I woke all my in-laws to get my wife to take a pic, ...more doesn't count without one.

    Catfish with a Nightcrawler

    1. That's right It don't count if you ain't got the pic.. lol. Nice cat!!
  3. not big but first fish caught on custom rod I built. I also made the jig and plastic worm as well.

    1 lb. 14 in. Smallmouth Bass

  4. 21 inches

    6 lb. 21 in. Largemouth Bass with a senco

    1. buddy sloan 0
    2. What's the water temp like?
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  5. Details: Blue Catfish

    Have caught a few large catfish from this ledge/hole

  6. 2 lb. 10 oz. 17 in. Largemouth Bass with a senko

    1. Shawn Rees 0
      thanks for the advice... I'm heading back to the lake in the morning and will give the jerk bait a whirl.
    2. justin sumner 0
      I used to live 1 mile from Cedar, if i were you I would be throwing nothing but suspending jerk baits, buy those stick on lead stickers and set them up so they do ...more not sink or float up at all, I used to fill up the bathtub with water set to the temp of whatever the lake is so i know the lure wont float or sink, it is killer when water is 50-60 degress, you should be catching 10-30 bass easily that way
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  7. Black Crappie with a lure

    1. Terry Ryder 0
      They have been on all winter long. Last few times I went the bite is best early morning before sun comes up. Then in the evening as the sun goes down.
    2. They turning on over there ? I may go try and target some crappie this coming weekend ! What's the water temp ?
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  8. White Crappie with a minnows and shad

  9. Details: 13 oz. 12 in. White Sucker with a worm

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...


  • 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 ...


  • 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...


  • 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...


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