Illinois Fishing Reports

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 21, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. Editor’s note: Heavy rains – as much as 6 or 7 inches – across Illinois the first week of September hit after many of these reports were filed. Anglers are cautioned to check conditions at lakes and rivers before launching fishing boats. Fishing…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 7, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain: White and yellow bass are hitting Mepps spinners, pinkie jigs or live bait. Pike are being caught around creek mouths. Muskies and walleyes are fair. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. Bluegills and crappies good, falling into deeper waters (8 to 15…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – Aug. 10, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain: Some reports of walleyes biting well in the evening on jig/minnow combos and crawler harnesses. Bass are holding tight to cover and are hitting wacky rigged worms near boat docks and weedless frogs worked over the heavy mats of weeds and…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 27, 2018

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 around piers 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…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 13, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides, and fishing guides. North Chain: The walleye action is really hot right now. Fishermen have been reporting good catches in Pistakee and Marie in the early morning or late evening. Jig and minnows or jig and leeches have done well as well as crawler harnesses drifted…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 29, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain: The walleyes are really starting to turn on all over the Chain. Jig and minnow combinations or spinner rigs with nightcrawlers are the best producers. Strong reports of good panfish have been coming in. Small ice jigs under a float or…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 15, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain: The walleye action is really hot right now. Fishermen have been reporting good catches in Pistakee and Marie in the early morning or late evening. Jig and minnows or jig and leeches have done well as well as crawler harnesses drifted…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – May 4, 2018

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 Report – April 6, 2018

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 Report – Feb. 23, 2018

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 on the lakefront from the boats. 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. Trolling small…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – Feb. 9, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Lake Michigan: Most fishermen have been fishing from the dock. There have been very few reports of trout being caught at this time. They are there; you just really need to work for them. Spawn sacks slowly jigged as well as the…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – Jan. 26, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Lake Michigan: Fishing with spawn sacs in a pink or chartreuse color under a float or on the bottom will offer a great opportunity for one of these tough fighters. Tinsel jigs as well as tube jigs under floats are also producing…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – Dec. 29, 2017

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain O’ Lakes: Good catches of panfish have been common with some good walleyes mixed in. Make sure you check with local bait shops for conditions before you head out. The channels have been producing good catches of panfish on small jigs….

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – Dec. 15, 2017

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. 17, 2017

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. 3, 2017

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. 20, 2017

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. 6, 2017

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…