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Illinois Fishing Areas

Angling Destinations Weather Fish Species
April 20 2024


Illinois Fishing Areas


Illinois has a wide variety of angling destinations throughout the state, including Lake Michigan, the Illinois River, and numerous other lakes and rivers. Popular species of fish include largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, crappie, and catfish.

The best time to fish in Illinois depends on the species and location, but generally early spring and fall are good times to target bass and walleye, while summer can be good for catfish and panfish. Average seasonal temperatures range from 30°F in winter to 80°F in summer.

Recommended bait and lures vary depending on the species, but live bait such as worms and minnows, as well as artificial lures like spinnerbaits and crankbaits, can be effective.

Interesting fishing facts about Illinois include that the state is home to the world-record smallmouth bass, caught in the Kaskaskia River in 1955 weighing in at 7 pounds 14 ounces. Additionally, Illinois has a unique program called the "Bait Fish Fund" which collects a tax on live bait sales to help fund fisheries management and research efforts.

Location State Fish Habitat
Arkansas River
Illinois Striped Bass, Whiterock Bass, Channel Catfish
Axehead Lake
Illinois Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Banana Lake
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout
Barth Pond
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass, Bluegill, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Paddlefish
Beck Lake
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Muskellunge, Walleye
Belleau Lake
Illinois Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Bird Park Quarry
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish
Burnham Park Harbor
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Freshwater Drum, Yellow Perch, King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Steelhead
Busse Lake
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Muskellunge, Walleye
Chicagon Lake
Illinois Albacore, Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass, Bluegill, Muskellunge, Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Walleye
Des Plaines River
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Common Carp, Black Crappie, Northern Pike, Walleye
Fishing Allowed
Illinois
Fishing Allowed Here
Illinois
Fortune Lakes
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Bluegill
Gebhard Woods Lakes #1-4
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Yellow Bullhead, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Freshwater Drum, Rainbow Trout
Great River Road Park Lake
Illinois
Green Lake
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Yellow Bullhead, Common Carp, Channel Catfish
Heidecke Lake
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, White Bass, Channel Catfish, Muskellunge, Walleye, Wiper
Horseshoe Lake
Illinois Black Crappie
I & M Canal
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Black Crappie
Illinois River
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Black Crappie, Sauger, Walleye
Kankakee Cut-Off
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Walleye
Lac Des Allemands
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish
Lacey Creek
Illinois Common Carp
Lake Frierson
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Channel Catfish
Lake Of The Clouds
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Yellow Perch
Lake Owen Recreation Area
Illinois
Lake Roland (Twin Lakes)
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Bluegill
Lake Tecumseh
Illinois
Lily Creek
Illinois Muskellunge, Tiger Muskellunge, Chain Pickerel, Northern Pike, Atlantic Salmon, Steelhead, Apache Trout
Long Run
Illinois Rock Bass
Maple Lake
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Yellow Bullhead, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Freshwater Drum, Alligator Gar, Northern Pike, Green Sunfish, Walleye, Pumpkinseed Sunfish
Mastodon Lake
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Common Carp, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Black Crappie, Redear Sunfish, Pumpkinseed Sunfish
Milliken Lake
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Rainbow Trout
Mississippi River
Illinois
Monee Reservoir
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Redear Sunfish
Montrose Harbor
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Burbot, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Freshwater Drum, Yellow Perch, King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Tautog, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Steelhead
One Horse Gap Lake
Illinois
Peregrine Lake
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Alligator Gar, Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Sauger, Sturgeon, Walleye, Warmouth
Pettibone Creek
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Burbot, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Freshwater Drum, Yellow Perch, King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Tautog, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Steelhead
Sand Lake
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass
Saxon Falls Flowage
Illinois Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Muskellunge, Northern Pike, Walleye
Skokie Ditch
Illinois Muskellunge
Skokie Lagoons
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Northern Pike, Walleye
South Lagoon
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass, Bluegill
Spring Creek
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish
Spring Grove Rearing Area
Illinois Rainbow Trout
Sterling Lake
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Muskellunge, Walleye
Sunday Lake
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Green Sunfish, Walleye
Tampier Lake
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Common Carp, Flathead Catfish, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Sauger, Green Sunfish, Walleye
Techny Reservoir
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Burbot, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Freshwater Drum, Yellow Perch, King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Tautog, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Steelhead
Turner Lake
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Bluegill
Turtlehead Lake
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass, Bluegill
Vanhorn Woods Park
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish
Washington County Lake
Illinois
West Bay Lake
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Muskellunge, Northern Pike, Walleye
Whalon Lake
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Yellow Bullhead, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Walleye
Whoopie Cat Lake
Illinois
Wilmette Harbor
Illinois Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Burbot, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Freshwater Drum, Yellow Perch, King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Tautog, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Steelhead

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