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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.

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Know Your State Record!

Don't learn the hard way that your catch would have qualified for a state record! We have a listing of state record fish by species and directions for what to do if you think you've caught a state record fish, either by bow or hook and line. We can only name a state record fish once it has been verified by an IDNR County Fisheries Biologist, not by pictures alone. So be sure to contact your biologist if you think you've caught a record holder...before you filet it!

Illinois Holds 5 Spots in The Top 100 Family Fishing Spots

Illinois has 5 spots in the newly released Top 100 Family Fishing Spots named by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF)! Anglers across the nation voted on the top spots, and these five Illinois' list were selected in the top 100 &mdash Starved Rock State Park (#12 on the list!), Fox Chain O' Lakes, North Point Marina on Lake Michigan, Johnson Sauk Trail and Monee Reservoir.
The RBFF Take Me Fishing campaign initiated the nationwide vote to provide families and outdoor enthusiasts with a recommended list of the best family–friendly places to experience the joys of boating and fishing. Learn more about the top spots here.

Lake Bloomington: One of National Fish Habitat Partnership's 2014 "Waters to Watch"

Lake Bloomington has been named one of the National Fish Habitat Partnership's "Waters to Watch" for 2014. The "Waters to Watch" are a collection of water systems that will benefit from strategic conservation efforts to protect, restore or enhance their current condition. The Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership is partnering with the Friends of EverBloom (a Friends of Reservoirs Chapter), IDNR, the City of Bloomington, McLean County Soil and Water Conservation District, McLean County Parks and Recreation and local vendors to rehabilitate a severely eroded shoreline on Lake Bloomington. Learn more about this project here.

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.