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Years ago, schoolchildren decided the cute little bluegill would be our state fish. Hey, kids: the author thinks that if you want a real lesson in life, try taking on channel catfish!Illinois' Channel Cat Honeyholes

Illinois' Channel Cat Honeyholes

Years ago, schoolchildren decided the cute little bluegill would be our state fish. Hey, kids:

Walt Kronk

The muskie is no longer the fish of 10,000 casts here in the Prairie State. We have lakes where you can battle a bunch of fish, or where you can target trophies. The choice is yours.Illinois' Best Bets For Muskies

Illinois' Best Bets For Muskies

The muskie is no longer the fish of 10,000 casts here in the Prairie State. We have lakes

Mark Fenske

If you think turkey hunting was good last year, just wait until this season! Here's a county-by-county prognosis. (March 2006)Where To Bag Your Turkey This Spring!

Where To Bag Your Turkey This Spring!

If you think turkey hunting was good last year, just wait until this season! Here's a

Daniel D. Lamoreux

Crappie fishing in Illinois is notoriously cyclic in size structure. A lake where one year the fish are big and fat may only produce stunted and skinny crappies the next year.Illinois' Spring Crappie Hotspots

Illinois' Spring Crappie Hotspots

Crappie fishing in Illinois is notoriously cyclic in size structure. A lake where one year the

P.J. Perea

Prairie State waterfowl hunting doesn't have to end after you get your Christmas goose. Here's how you can stay in the game until it's over.Illinois' January Goose Hunting Options

Illinois' January Goose Hunting Options

Prairie State waterfowl hunting doesn't have to end after you get your Christmas goose. Here's

Illinois hunters can't complain about not having a place to hunt doves. The little speedsters are everywhere! You can even get in on the action on these public lands.Dove Hunting In The Prairie State

Dove Hunting In The Prairie State

Illinois hunters can't complain about not having a place to hunt doves. The little speedsters

Most folks prefer to wait for catfish to come to them. But if you fish from a boat on these waters, you'll catch a whole lot more filets! (June 2006)Floating Illinois' Best Catfish Rivers

Floating Illinois' Best Catfish Rivers

Most folks prefer to wait for catfish to come to them. But if you fish from a boat on these

Mark Fenske

Did you ever have one of those vacations that resembled a comedy movie? There's no chance of that if you take your clan to one of these Prairie State getaways. (June 2006)A Dozen Family Fishing Road Trips

A Dozen Family Fishing Road Trips

Did you ever have one of those vacations that resembled a comedy movie? There's no chance of

Mark Fenske

If you feel like acting like a kid again, incredible bluegill fishing can be found not far from your home. These waters are expected to be sizzlin' like hot grease this summer! (May 2006)Illinois' Best Bets For Bluegills

Illinois' Best Bets For Bluegills

If you feel like acting like a kid again, incredible bluegill fishing can be found not far

Mark Fenske

Thanks to the hatchery system, you can catch walleyes from one end of our state to the other. Here's where you should float your boat between now and fall. (May 2006)Illinois' Hottest Walleye Lakes

Illinois' Hottest Walleye Lakes

Thanks to the hatchery system, you can catch walleyes from one end of our state to the other.

Fishing for crappies is almost an obsession for some anglers in Illinois. If you're one who lives for catching slabs, give these waters a try. (April 2006)Sleeper Spots For Prairie State Papermouths

Sleeper Spots For Prairie State Papermouths

Fishing for crappies is almost an obsession for some anglers in Illinois. If you're one who

Mark Fenske

If you think a largemouth bass or a catfish can fight hard, you should try doing battle with a striped bass on these waters. You'll be hooked for life! (April 2006)Illinois' Supercharged Stripers

Illinois' Supercharged Stripers

If you think a largemouth bass or a catfish can fight hard, you should try doing battle with a

Mark Fenske

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