Illinois Fishing Reports

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  1. Shore fishing

    Largemouth Bass with a Silver Spinner #5

    1. Nice Catch :)
  2. 36.0 5.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Blue Fox Vibrax Minnow Spin

  3. Triples! Sharing my love of fishing with my son and his best friend ❀️

    24.0 12.0 in. Largemouth Bass with a Berkley Powerbait Pogy

    1. great picture guys!!!
    2. That’s a great Trifecta πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    3. Awesome!!!! Thats what its all aboutπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» Nice job gang
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  4. Black Crappie with a Berkley Flicker Shad Crankbait

  5. Details: 12 lb. Channel Catfish with a NightCrawlers

    2 Channel Cats within 10 minutes of each other under the bridge

  6. 96.0 Largemouth Bass with a spinner bait

  7. 1.87 lb on very first cast...that’s never happened to me... was using brand new, white River2Sea Bully WA Il frog

    1 lb. 9 oz. Largemouth Bass with a river2sea bully wa 2

    1. Lou Araujo 0
      Glad to see you are getting the hang of that frog, Steve.
  8. Went to check out Lakeside Park yesterday where I have an upcoming event. The lake was under flood waters for over 4 months. Sadly it's been overrun with gar ...more and carp. Caught one nine inch Bass 😣 But it WAS a beautiful day!

    Shortnose Gar with a Beetle Spin

    1. Debbie F 0
      David, thanks! I now know a little more than zero about these fish. Fishidy picked my location but it actually was at a park and not pool 26. Possibly close to it ...more as the eagle flys as it was flooded for months?
    2. Great catch! It is most likely a shortnose gar, which is a close relative to the alligator gar that doesn’t get as large and is common in pool 26.
    3. Debbie F 0
      T, I would be up to try it if someone else want to clean it. I clean all my own fish but even filleting a large catfish can be tough so I can only imagine what those ...more suckers are like. I think I'll stick to crappie LOL
    4. T Sen 0
      They say the gar meat is a clean white meat, its just a pain to have to use pliers, and wire cutters or a dremil to clean them. and, like the asain carp(which ive ...more also heard to be tastey), the Y bone supposedly cut down on the amount of meat you actually get from one.
    5. Debbie F 0
      lol @ Bill
    6. Debbie F 0
      Thank you B! You know it 😊
    7. Bill Fussell 0
      hey you can’t believe everything you see on swamp people πŸ˜‚
    8. b ripoer 0
      looks like a fun fish to catch nice one Debbie, I agree bent rod is always fun.
    9. Debbie F 0
      I have heard of people eating Gar and making Gar balls courtesy of the Swamp People show lol. I find that interesting for sure.
    10. Bill Fussell 0
      I hear you miss Debbie it’s all good anyway 😁 by the way they eat the big ones down here!!!! the make balls out of the meat and smoke it (gar balls)
    11. Debbie F 0
      Man, I could not imagine one of that length! I think if yout looking for those thats where I'd head! We may even have them here, I have no idea. They are just ...more creepy to me 😁
    12. My friend went to trinity river in texas i beleive to target the monster sized ones and they caught ones like 7-9 ft long
    13. Debbie F 0
      Glass half full Bill 😁
    14. Debbie F 0
      Christopher, my knowledge of these is really limited. I have landed one around 3 foot long and they are vicious at that size with a lot of huge teeth! I wasn't ...more targeting them. One of the strongest fighting fish I've ever caught.
    15. Bill Fussell 0
      at least you did have a positive with it being a beautiful day 😁
    16. are those the ones that get massive like down in texas? I def have a trip to target those monsters in my sites in the next few years!
    17. Debbie F 0
      Oh, those oversized pencils can pull like crazy. Anytime the rod is bent its good Robert! 😁 Just sad to see so many of them.
    18. Sadly, a lot of places along the Mississippi were under water for awhile. 😟😟😟 Hope the gar was fun at least! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»
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  9. Not a whopper but rhe new Whopper Popper worked well.

    38.0 Largemouth Bass with a River2Sea Whopper Plopper

  10. back at monee, you all should subscribe to my you tube channel Jnettesbassin TIA

    Largemouth Bass with a zoom

    1. Bill Fussell 0
      I’ll check it out when I get home :)

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...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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...

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  • 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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