2015 is the first year that the IDNR Division of Fisheries is putting regulations on the harvest of flathead catfish. The Division of Fisheries is concerned about the overharvest of this large fish species. Because flathead catfish are so long-lived, overharvest damage to the population might not be noted for many years and recovery could take decades, so the Division of Fisheries is taking these steps to be proactive in their management.
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!
It's that time again when the IDNR — Division of Fisheries sponsors youth fishing clinics through the Community Outreach and Resource Enhancement Program (formerly the Urban Fishing Program) at various locations throughout the state. Learn more about the CORE program here.
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!
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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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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.