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Illinois' Family Fishing Getaways

From the Free Fishing Days in June to week-long vacation spots the rest of the summer, our

Tricia Perea

Prairie State Crappie Hotspots

Everyone loves catching and eating crappies. You can get the main ingredient for a fish fry on

Northern Illinois Largemouths

It has been a long winter for bass anglers living in the northern half of our state, but right

Illinois' Best Bets For Bucketmouths

It's tough to pick just the top 12 largemouth bass lakes in our state, mainly because there

Gary Thomas

Best Bets for Bass

Our DNR is working hard at building us a better bass fishery. You can already see the results

Illinois' Best Bets for Muskies

Our state has come of age as a muskie fishery. You can find out for yourself on these lakes.

Illinois' Best Bets For Fishing

Illinois is a lengthy state, with seven distinct climatic zones between the north and south.

Illinois' Best Bets for Stripers

Because striped bass are such a difficult fish to figure out, most anglers don't bother

Can We Build A Bigger Bluegill?

We have some big bluegills in Illinois, but researchers are studying to see if they can

The Lake Michigan Salmonid Outlook

If you like catching and eating salmon and trout, this is the year to go fishing on the big

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Illinois' Best Bets for Bluegills

Do you like catching really big bluegills? The experts say these public waterways are the

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