Illinois Fishing Reports

Illinois Fishing & Hunting Report – July 26, 2019

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain: Bluegills were good in shallow water. Crappies were good on minnows and light jigs in channels. Northern pike were hitting spinnerbaits and spoons. Catfish are biting nightcrawlers or fatheads. Muskies were very good, hitting on spinners. White bass were fair in…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – July 12, 2019

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides, and fishing guides. Editor’s Note: Water levels have remained high in many parts of the state and fishing reports have been sporadic. More anglers have filed reports in recent days and fishing activity appears to be returning to normal, though flooding has affected some areas. North…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – June 28, 2019

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. Editor’s note: High water and flooding continued in most parts of the state at the time these reports were compiled. Please keep in mind that due to this, reporting on some lakes and rivers was limited. DNR and other agencies have reminded anglers…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – June 14, 2019

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. Editor’s note: Flooding and high water across the state have limited fishing in recent weeks and reports have been few. Anglers are advised to take precaution when trying to fish, especially in rivers where water levels can rise quickly. North Lake Atwood: Bluegills…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – May 17, 2019

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Shabbona: Look for crappies over the fish cribs and brush piles along the campground shoreline. Begin your search by setting your presentation half way down the water column. Best presentations include Mini-Mites and minnows. Bass fishing is slow. Muskie fishing is good….

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – May 3, 2019

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Shabbona: Look for crappies over the fish cribs and brush piles along the campground shoreline. Bass fishing is slow.  Braidwood: Shore fishermen are seeing quite a few small catfish and bluegills. Fish are being caught on ice jigs under a float or…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – April 5, 2019

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Braidwood: Anglers are finding some good largemouths on spinnerbaits and swimjigs. There are some days that reaction strikes are the way to go, so don’t be afraid to bounce a crankbait off the rocks to trigger a strike. Bangs Lake: Bass fair…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – Feb. 22, 2019

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Lake Michigan: The browns and cohos are starting to get active. Fish the warm-water discharges with jigs and twisters tipped with a piece of squid or crankbaits like a J-9 in chart/white or orange/gold. Small orange dodger and peanut flies log lining…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – Dec. 14, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Lake Michigan: The northern harbors were seeing a decline in the amount of fish caught, but there are still browns and steelhead being caught. Spawn sacks under a float are working well as well as the standard tinsel or white tube jig…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – Nov. 16, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain: The bass will begin to feed with the dropping water temps. The fish are relating to the green weeds, and search baits like spinnerbaits and swim jigs are doing quite well at finding the aggressive fish. Also pitch the weeds with…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – Nov. 2, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides, and fishing guides. North Chain: The walleye action is hot with the cooler weather. Reports show good catches in the river channels and mouths of the creeks throughout the day. Live bait is proving to be best. The bass bite is slowing down. Live bait rigged…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 19, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain: The bass will begin to feed with the dropping water temps. The fish are relating to the green weeds, and search baits like spinnerbaits and swim jigs are doing quite well at finding the aggressive fish. Also pitch the weeds with…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 5, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain: Walleyes are good in current areas such as bottlenecks of the bridges, most being caught on fatheads or nightcrawlers. White bass good at Marie and Bluff on small spinners. Muskies are consistent on bucktails or jerkbaits around main lake points. Crappies…