Illinois Fishing Reports

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Recent Activity in Illinois

Shared catches, fishing spots and reports

  1. Got my limit of crappie and a couple channels to go with this beast but all in all it was a great day out and if you havenโ€™t been there itโ€™s a excellent lake to ...more give a shot.

    30 lb. Flathead Catfish with a Live minnow fishing for crappie w/4lb line ๐Ÿ˜Ž โ€œSNATCH OR STARVEโ€

    1. Paul Moore 0
    2. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice one !!!
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  2. The beast! What a day! PB for me. It was 36 inches so im guessing 12-15lbs. Total guess!

    36 in. Northern Pike with a Red eye

    1. David Loner 0
      Thanks Daniel and Jeff!
    2. Jeff B 0
      Very nice. Congrats!
    3. Great job on The PB! Awesome pike!
    4. David Loner 0
      Thanks guys!
    5. Now THAT'S a nice Pike David! Congrats on PB!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
    6. Congrats on Pb David๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป.Nice catch
    7. David Loner 0
      Thanks Debbie! Sure is fun being out there this late in the year. Finished with some beautiful snow to top it off.
    8. Debbie F 0
      Great catch! Congrats on your PB!
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  3. 12 in. Black Crappie with a gulp minnow

  4. 12 in. Rainbow Trout with a Power bait Trout dough

  5. First LMB from the shore on this lake!

    1 lb. 7 oz. Largemouth Bass with a black jig

  6. 6 lb. 4 oz. Largemouth Bass with a 7" purple worm

    1. Larry McBride 0
      Very nice! Was he deep water?
  7. 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!
  8. 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

  9. 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. Jason Emrich 0
      That is a nice Channel Cat! Good fishing and tight lines my friend.
    2. Nice. It's nothing like going fishing. I love to fish and I'm looking for some good places to go fishing at.
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  10. 3 lb. 7 oz. 19 in. Smallmouth Bass with a jig

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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