Illinois Fishing Reports

Discover waterways in Illinois with interactive maps containing recent catches, fishing spots, and reports of the latest fishing activity.

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Recent Activity in Illinois

Shared catches, fishing spots and reports

  1. My fishin buddy is really getting excited about bass fishing. Her very first fish was a 8-6 giant out of crab orchard lake in Southern IL!

    Largemouth Bass with a Top water

    1. Roger Coleman 0
      Nice catch, Cindy!
  2. Last minute fishing with my father. only bite the whole 1.5hrs fishing. Biggest fish I've caught in years. I'd say it was close to 6lbs since it was definitely ...more bigger than the 4lbers I've been catching. unfortunately didn't have any scale or tape measure.

    Largemouth Bass with a Zoom Fluke

  3. Caught this monster at Coles Creek on my 9ft. Crappie hunter rod and reel with 4lb. test line. Took me 20 minutes to wear it and me out and land.

    8 lb. 24 in. Flathead Catfish with a home made crappie jig Lime green and purple

    1. Nice. It's nothing like going fishing. I love to fish and I'm looking for some good places to go fishing at.
  4. 3 lb. 7 oz. 19 in. Smallmouth Bass with a jig

  5. Smallmouth Bass with a Ned rig

  6. Been many years since I threw a line in the water! I still love it!

    5 lb. 22 in. Channel Catfish with a stink bait

  7. Details: 2 lb. Smallmouth Bass with a yum dinger

    I've haven't had any luck lately with all the high waters in the area so thought I'd check out the canal since I was in the area(never fished it before). ...more The canal is a perfect spot dor some bass, caught a nice little bass in no time. Didn't have my phone on me to take a pic or a bucket to take him home so I threw him back. Going to take my kayak there next week hopefully and hit it hard.

  8. 4 lb. 2 oz. Largemouth Bass with a squarebill

    1. Been doing awesome on small lakes and ponds here in Chicago area on square bills around any weeds left on the lake
    2. Square bills have been one of my favorite go to's. Nice catch!
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  9. Details: Bluegill with a live worm bits

    catching some bluegills before clocking in for work

    1. james hanson 0
      best eating fish out there
  10. caught this one on cast right after I landed a 2 lb. same spot

    1 lb. 12 in. Largemouth Bass with a Yellow spinner bait

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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