Illinois Fishing Reports

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Recent Activity in Illinois

Shared catches, fishing spots and reports

  1. First year ice fishing! Last day on the ice this year😫


    1. Randy M 0
      Once you get the ice fishing big it never goes away
  2. This was the biggest of four northern today. I still believe the first time i buy a scale will be the last time i catch a fish worthy to put on it😂 Maybe one day ...more ill actually know how big they are. She was thick and long so im guessing 32in and 12lbs.

    Northern Pike with a Red eye

    1. Reggie Brown 0
      Great information, thanks a bunch. Hope to see you out there one day, goodluck fishing.
    2. David Loner 0
      Strike king red eye shad lipless crank. colors- orange and sexy shad
    3. David Loner 0
      Hey Reggie! The river is tough in the cold. Finding slow moving water (eddies) next to deep holes is essential. I have been getting these northern on an inlet ...more off the main river. They come in for refuge from the current and to spawn. i throw strike king lipless cranks. as it warms up inline spinners, and soft small plastics around any kind of cover! check out google earth to find those inlets and you should be in luck. hope that helps
    4. Reggie Brown 0
      I fish the kish also... more by the Dekalb area. Got any tips to help me fi ally catch one, it's been a while. Lures/what sort of structure I should fish basically. ...more New to fishing, I figured out how to catch them in the summer but been dry all winter. Help me quench my thirst pls
    5. David Loner 0
      Thanks Jimbo!
    6. Jimbo Harwood 0
      lol great pic and catch
    7. David Loner 0
      Again, I never know what my face is doing!
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  3. Details: Sand Bar

    Blues and Flat Head catfish feed heavily here at pool stage. Best fishing is late evening through the night and into dawn.

  4. when is the best time in spring to fish crappie ?
    possibly moving back---have been gone 35 yrs.

    1. End of April and May see you there
  5. Details: pike 6 feet

  6. Deep water ice fishing

    White Crappie with a Spikes

    1. Don Coe 0
      Man! 7 degrees!
  7. 12 in. Black Crappie with a gulp minnow

  8. Details: Flathead Catfish

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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