100,000 Pounds of Asian Carp
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources staff, working with commercial fishermen, captured an estimated 100,000 pounds of invasive Asian carp December 11, 2014, near Ottawa, Illinois. The IDNR and commercial fishermen are working together to reduce populations of Asian carp in the northern reaches of the Illinois River. Read more about our efforts here.
Come Visit Us At These 2015 Shows!
When it's too cold outside, come on inside to one of the many upcoming fishing shows around our state! IDNR personnel will be on hand at the shows listed here. Please stop by and meet with IDNR fisheries biologists to learn the latest information about your favorite fishing waters. Any time is fishing time!
As we slide into winter in Illinois, ice fishing provides an opportunity for avid anglers who can't wait for spring to go fishing. Anglers can fish almost any spot of a lake or river without a boat. However, ice fishing does require different tools and techniques than freshwater fishing. Whether you're a season veteran to ice fishing, or just getting started, there's no better time than the present to get out there and enjoy some fishing!
Muskie Creel Survey
Please help us gain important information about muskies caught in Illinois waters by reporting them to us via our Muskie Creel Survey Report Card.The information we gain from our anglers is invaluable. This survey is jointly sponsored by the Illini Muskies Alliance and the IDNR. Completing this form as soon as you can after your catch is much appreciated!
Pictured: Scott Steder caught his first muskie (just shy of 39") from the Rock River near Dixon.
Follow IFishIllinois on Social Media
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.