New Illinois State Record Flathead Catfish!
We have a new Illinois state record! Congratulations to Jim Klauzer on landing the state record flathead catfish from Lake Sangchris. The official weight was 81 pounds 6.4 ounces, verified by IDNR Assistant Chief of Fisheries Dan Stephenson. This big guy was weighed in and successfully released.
You can watch a video of the official weigh-in here. View our state records here!
Five Areas in Illinois Voted into Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat in the U.S.:
Check out the complete listing of 2015 Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Fish & Boat!
When you purchase a fishing license, you are buying much more than fishing privileges. Your license dollars support IDNR fisheries biologists, fish hatcheries, conservation education and more. Our Illinois hatcheries produce millions of fish each year, from trout and salmon to bass and catfish. Help us maintain healthy fisheries populations by purchasing your fishing license today. See more about the impact you can make on Illinois fisheries:
Do Not Release Pond Plants Into Any Waters!
If you have a pond in your yard you're cleaning out for the season, please remember NOT to release aquatic plants into any water bodies. Some of these pond plants are invasives that can quickly take over an entire water body. Water lettuce and water hyacinth, along with many more popular pond plants, are all invasive species. Instead, use your yard waste bags to dispose of your pond plants. Thank you so much for helping to stop the spread of aquatic invasive plants!
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IFishIllinois strives to be your one-stop, go-to site for fishing in Illinois waters. We work hard to keep anglers up to date on fishing events, IDNR angling-related news releases, fishing reports, angling tips and equipment, tips for fish stocking, and much more.
Social media is an excellent way to promote what's happening in angling news throughout Illinois. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date ... because you fish Illinois.
Stop the Spread of Invasive Species
Remove, Drain, Dry: As the boats come out of storage, we'd like to remind you to be aware of invasive species that pose a threat to our lands and waterways. To fight the spread of aquatic invaders, the IDNR is asking residents to "be a hero transport zero." The best way to stop the spread of invasive species is to remove, drain, and dry your boats after use in any Illinois waterway. Learn more here.