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From the Free Fishing Days in June to week-long vacation spots the rest of the summer, our state has something for everyone who needs to get away from it all.Illinois' Family Fishing Getaways

Illinois' Family Fishing Getaways

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

Tricia Perea

Everyone loves catching and eating crappies. You can get the main ingredient for a fish fry on these waters.Prairie State Crappie Hotspots

Prairie State Crappie Hotspots

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

It has been a long winter for bass anglers living in the northern half of our state, but right about now is the magic time to get out there on these upstate waters.Northern Illinois Largemouths

Northern Illinois Largemouths

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

It's tough to pick just the top 12 largemouth bass lakes in our state, mainly because there are so many good ones. But the author came up with a dandy dozen, plus three "sleeper" lakes.Illinois' Best Bets For Bucketmouths

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

Our DNR is working hard at building us a better bass fishery. You can already see the results on these honeyholes.Best Bets for Bass

Best Bets for Bass

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

Trying to figure out what will happen during the upcoming duck hunting season is a lot like trying to predict the weather. As a matter of fact, weather has a lot to do with it.Illinois' Duck Hunting Forecast

Illinois' Duck Hunting Forecast

Trying to figure out what will happen during the upcoming duck hunting season is a lot like

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

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 is a lengthy state, with seven distinct climatic zones between the north and south. Fishing tactics can change considerably between Chicago and Cairo. But one thing is certain, there is always a bite going somewhere.Illinois' Best Bets For Fishing

Illinois' Best Bets For Fishing

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

Every year we provide you with a rating system on how every county in our state scores when it comes to bowhunting for deer. Here's the update based on last season.Illinois' Bowhunting Outlook

Illinois' Bowhunting Outlook

Every year we provide you with a rating system on how every county in our state scores when it

Because striped bass are such a difficult fish to figure out, most anglers don't bother fishing for them. That's a big mistake. You can get in on the red-hot action on these nine waters.Illinois' Best Bets for Stripers

Illinois' Best Bets for Stripers

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

We have some big bluegills in Illinois, but researchers are studying to see if they can super-size the fish. It looks like it's working!Can We Build A Bigger Bluegill?

Can We Build A Bigger Bluegill?

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

Prairie State turkey hunters killed a record number of birds last spring. Could another record be ahead for 2005?Illinois' Spring turkey Outlook

Illinois' Spring turkey Outlook

Prairie State turkey hunters killed a record number of birds last spring. Could another record

Daniel D. Lamoreux

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