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Catch Lake Michigan Lake Trout Now

Jerry Pabst - June 11, 2018

G&F reader Sean Gregory caught this 23-pound laker in April 2017. (Camera Corner reader

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New State Records in Illinois: Shortnose Gar, Freshwater Drum

Game & Fish Online Staff - June 11, 2018

Click image to read about more state records on (Shutterstock image) Illinois


2018 Illinois Catfish Forecast

Curt Hicken - May 17, 2018

With all these great fishing opportunities, it's no wonder Illinois anglers have a certain love

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2018 Illinois Fishing Calendar

Paul Moore - February 05, 2018

It's time to get your angling game plan together for the coming months. To help map where and when

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The Best Illinois Fishing Right Now

Curt Hicken - January 23, 2018

Rend Lake offers superb year-round angling. (Shutterstock image) Hit these spots for

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5 Top Fall Fishing Trips in Illinois

Curt Hicken - September 05, 2017

These are some great Illinois fall fishing destinations you shouldn't overlook. Fall fishing in

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Summer Pattern Secrets for Smallmouth Bass

Dan Johnson - June 26, 2017

What's more fun than fishing for smallmouth bass? Catching more, bigger smallmouths. By Dan

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Wow! Huge Record Hybrid Striped Bass Caught in Illinois

Scott Bernarde - June 21, 2017

It's been a stellar fishing year so far in Illinois, where a 21-plus-pound record hybrid striped

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Lake Michigan's Best Chicago-Area Fishing

Jerry Pabst - May 19, 2017

With the city's skyline as the background, Chicago-area fishing includes hundreds of species of

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2017 Illinois Family Fishing Destinations

Jerry Pabst - May 18, 2017

Illlinois offers plenty of great fishing waters, and most anglers have their favorite spots to cast


Giant Catfish: Best Places For A Trophy Catch

Keith Sutton - May 01, 2017

Game & Fish contributor Keith Sutton is affectionately nicknamed "Catfish" for the informative

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Lake Michigan Fishing Forecast 2017

Jerry Pabst - April 27, 2017

Webster defines the word "progress" as "movement forward" or a "gradual betterment." Since Lake


2017 Illinois Top Bass Fishing Spots

Don Gasaway - March 16, 2017

Sound fishery management by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has resulted in great

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2017 Illinois Crappie Fishing Forecast

Don Gasaway - February 15, 2017

There is more to Illinois crappie fishing than putting meat on the table. It is the seeing of a

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2017 Illinois Fishing Forecast

Paul Moore - January 26, 2017

Here in the Prairie State, we are very fortunate to have year-round fishing opportunities. Even


Illinois Bass Forecast for 2016

Paul Moore - March 17, 2016

Hit these waters now for largemouth and smallmouth action in the Prairie State. In years past,


Angler Boats Potential Illinois State Record Catfish

Chris Schneider - September 04, 2015

Photo credit of Big Red's Bait and Tackle For years on end, die-hard fisherman head out to the


Top Places for Bass Fishing in Illinois

Paul Moore - April 04, 2014

Every year about this time, bass anglers really start getting antsy. The looming spawn creates a

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