Illinois Fishing Reports

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Recent Activity in Illinois

Shared catches, fishing spots and reports

  1. Details: 6 lb. 3 oz. Common Carp with a Wonder bread

  2. Details: 2 lb. 10 in. Largemouth Bass with a Berkley PowerBait MaxScent Hit Worms

  3. Caught 2 freshwater drum and a 20 lb carp on 6/6/22 using rubber crawfish

  4. Using

    17 lb. 42 in. Longnose Gar

    1. Terri Duyser 0
      Using senco worm on a drop shot in about 20 foot of water. Fought with him for 15 minutes. He took me from the front of the boat to the back of the boat then to ...more the other side of the boat and back up to the front till we finally netted him. He was hooked pretty good into the side of the mouth. Then when we were weighing him he flipped the scale out of my hand flopped on the floor. Ashley and I started doing the jig as not to get bit lol. And of course the scale busted into pieces. Quite hilarious. We put the fish back into the lake. Ashley was so concerned she thought someone released it in the lake so she called the dnr to find out if it was a fish that should be in the lake. Yes it was and it was a good size and they are good eating as well. I also sent the pick int john Gillespie’s Waters and Woods and got a $25 certificate. Thank you very much.
  5. Largemouth Bass with a Mepps Comet Mino

    1. Nice 👍
  6. Largemouth Bass with a 6" pumpkin senko worm texas rig

  7. Details: 4 lb. 5 oz. 23.0 in. Channel Catfish with a Cut Shad

    Won't let me Add pictures, couple of decent 4 and 5lb Channels outta the rocks on Cut Shad three way rigged.

  8. 15.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a rapala clackin crank 52

  9. 25 in. Channel Catfish

  10. Not 100% sure on length and weight as I don’t have a scale but should be close. Caught on chicken liver with a black 1oz jig head jigging off the bottom

    3 lb. 22 in. Channel Catfish with a chicken liver

    1. wayne lensert 0
      great catch, also good eating.
      great catch--good eating

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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