Illinois Fishing Reports

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report — April 21, 2017

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Lake Michigan: The northern harbors like Waukegan have been hit and miss from Johnson’s and Government piers. The downtown harbors have been producing fish very well this early season. The powerliners have been doing well on both the coho and browns with…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report — April 7, 2017

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Braidwood: Anglers are finding some good largemouths on spinnerbaits and swimjigs. There are some days that reaction strikes are the way to go, so don’t be afraid to bounce a crankbait off the rocks to trigger a strike. Bangs Lake: Bass fair…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 24, 2017

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Lake Michigan: The browns and cohos are starting to get active on the lakefront from the boats. Fish the warm-water discharges with jigs and twisters tipped with a piece of squid or crankbaits like a J-9 in chart/white or orange/gold. Trolling small…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 10, 2017

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Lake Michigan: Most fishermen have been fishing from the dock. There have been very few reports of trout being caught at this time. They are there; you just really need to work for them. Spawn sacks slowly jigged as well as the…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report — Jan. 27, 2017

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Lake Michigan: Fishing with spawn sacs in a pink or chartreuse color under a float or on the bottom will offer a great opportunity for one of these tough fighters. Tinsel jigs as well as tube jigs under floats are also producing…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report — Jan. 13, 2017

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Crystal Lake: This is a private lake during the summer, but during the winter ice fishermen can access the lake from the beach areas. The bluegill bite is quite good in 7 to 9 feet of water, with keepers that can be…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – December 23rd, 2016

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain O’ Lakes: Good catches of panfish have been common with some good walleyes mixed in. Make sure you check with local bait shops for conditions before you head out. The channels have been producing good catches of panfish on small tungsten…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – December 9th, 2016

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Lake Michigan: The northern harbors were seeing a decline in the amount of fish caught, but there are still browns and steelhead being caught. Spawn sacks under a float are working well as well as the standard tinsel or white tube jig…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – November 11th, 2016

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain: Bluegills good around weed areas on small ice jigs tipped with waxies or spikes. Muskies are consistent on bucktails or jerkbaits around main lake points. Crappies are good in channel areas on small jigs tipped with small fatheads or spikes. Walleyes…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – October 14th, 2016

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain: The bass will begin to feed with the dropping water temps. The fish are relating to the green weeds, and search baits like spinnerbaits and swim jigs are doing quite well at finding the aggressive fish. Also pitch the weeds with…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – September 30th, 2016

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain: Walleyes are good in current areas such as bottlenecks of the bridges,   most being caught on fatheads or nightcrawlers. White bass good at Marie and Bluff on small spinners. Muskies are consistent on bucktails or jerkbaits around main lake points….

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – September 2nd, 2016

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain: White and yellow bass are hitting Mepps spinners, pinkie jigs or live bait. Pike are being caught around creek mouths. Muskies and walleyes are fair. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. Bluegills and crappies good, falling into deeper waters (8 to 15…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – August 5th, 2016

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain: Walleyes are biting well in the evening on jig/minnow combos and crawler harnesses. River channels and the shallow sandy flats are showing the most action. Bass are holding tight to cover and are hitting wacky rigged worms near boat docks and…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 22nd, 2016

North Chain: Bluegills good in shallow water. Crappies good on minnows and light jigs around piers in channels. Northern pike hitting spinnerbaits and spoons. Catfish are biting nightcrawlers or fatheads. Muskies are very good, hitting on spinners. White bass are fair in 12 feet with spikes or small minnows. Walleyes slow. Shabbona: Bass anglers were catching small muskies in the…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 24th, 2016

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain: The walleyes are really starting to turn on all over the Chain. Jig and minnow combinations or spinner rigs with nightcrawlers are the best producers. Strong reports of good panfish have been coming in. Small ice jigs under a float or…

Southern Illinois Fishing Report – May 27th, 2016

Devils’ Kitchen: Bluegills are still on beds and can be caught on crickets, wax worms and red wigglers. Bass are good on spinners and crankbaits. Most are hanging in structures. Crab Orchard Lake: Catfish action has improved markedly on stinkbaits, leeches and cut shad. Bass are still holding in shallow areas and can be caught on a variety of baits. Crappie action is still…

Central Illinois Fishing Report – May 27th, 2016

Lake Taylorville: A few catfish have been taken on dough baits. Bluegills excellent on worms. Crappies good to excellent on minnows. Bass have been hitting plastic worms. Coffeen Lake: Bass are good on topwater baits, crankbaits and plastics. Bluegills are fair on wax worms and fairly shallow catfish are good on dip baits, crawlers and cut bait, with some big flatheads being landed. Stripers are fair…

Illinois Rivers Fishing Report – May 27th, 2016

Illinois River:  The sauger and walleye bite has been really good with recent weather patterns. Fish are being caught vertical jigging jigs with minnows or using a floater jig and lindy rigging minnows have been doing well. Pulling three-way rigs has also started to put some fish in the boats. The white bass can be found on rocky shoreline areas….

Northern Illinois Fishing Report – May 27th, 2016

Lake Michigan: On the south end it seems that the fish have moved out a bit, and there are some kings as well as good steelhead action on spoons and dodgers and flies. The coho have slowed down on the north end near Waukegan and Northpoint. Reports are that 00 orange dodgers with peanut flies in blue/silver and black/gold are star producers. The kings…

Northern Illinois Fishing Report – May 13th, 2016

Shabbona: Look for crappies over the fish cribs and brush piles along the campground shoreline. Begin your search by setting your presentation half way down the water column. Best presentations include Mini-Mites and minnows. Bass fishing is slow. Muskie fishing is good. Bass anglers casting rattle traps are catching a few bonus muskies. Look for muskies in the shallow waters of the bays. Braidwood: Shore fishermen…