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Baldwin Lake
(Fishing Hot Spots)
M354 - 24"x36"
The warm water of this power plant cooling lake supports a quality fishery. Largemouth, channel cats and bluegill featured. Open water angling year round.
2,018 acres
$8.95
  Braidwood Lake
(Fishing Hot Spots)
M365 - 24"x36"
Largemouth, walleye, catfish and crappie provide most of the action. Flooded strip pits offer interesting structure.
2,640 acres
$8.95
  Busse Lake
(Fishing Hot Spots)
M218 - 24"x36"
A large urban lake. Crappie, bluegill and bullhead are tops. Excellent shore fishing areas.
590 acres
$8.95
    Lake Carlton
(Fishing Hot Spots)
G222 - 11"x17"
Part of the Morrison-Rockwood State Park. Largemouth bass and walleye are sought but don't overlook the muskie on the sharp drop-offs.
77 acres
$6.95
Carlyle Lake
(Fishing Hot Spots)
L181 - 24"x36"
Illinois largest lake featuring largemouth, catfish, white bass and crappie. Walleye, bluegill and a few hybrid stripers available too. Good public use facilities.
26,000 acres
$9.95
  Cedar Lake
(Fishing Hot Spots)
G184 - 11"x17"
Lots of brush piles hold fish throughout the lake. Quality largemouth, crappie and white bass available.
1,740 acres
$6.95
Clinton Lake
(Fishing Hot Spots)
L182 - 24"x36"
This large cooling lake supports a diverse fishery. Featuring largemouth, catfish, walleye and hybrid stripers. Crappie and bluegill provide plenty of action for panfish enthusiasts. Great public use facilities.
4,895 acres
$9.95
  Coffeen Lake
(Fishing Hot Spots)
M359 - 24"x36"
This power plant cooling reservoir produces outstanding largemouth bass action. Crappie, bluegill and redear sunfish are also abundant.
1,100 acres
$8.95
Crab Orchard Lake
(Fishing Hot Spots)
M361 - 24"x36"
Weeds and wood are keys to finding largemouth, crappie and catfish. Good lakeside facilities.
6,695 acres
$8.95
  Devils Kitchen Lake
(Fishing Hot Spots)
G185 - 11"x17"
The bass behave much like rainbow trout and spend their time on deeper structure in this clear lake. Bluegill run large.
810 acres
$6.95
Fox Chain - North
Bluff Lake, Lake Catherine, Channel Lake, Grass Lake, Lake Marie
(Fishing Hot Spots)
L183 - 24"x36"
Good mix of weeds and structure. Walleye, muskie and largemouth are the dominant game fish.
2,433 acres
$9.95
  Fox Chain - South
Fox Lake, Nippersink Lake, Petite Lake, Pistakee Lake
(Fishing Hot Spots)
L184 - 24"x36"
Large shallow lakes with excellent channels. Bass, catfish and panfish are tops. Shoreline docks, piers and weeds provide the most cover.
3,987 acres
$9.95
Lake George
(Fishing Hot Spots)
G221 - 11"x17"
Big black bass hide in the heavy cover of Lake George. The nighttime bite is hot for bass, catfish and walleye.
167 acres
$6.95
  Heidecke Lake
(Fishing Hot Spots)
M216 - 24"x36"
This power plant cooling lake is one of the best hybrid striper lakes in the nation. Also walleye, catfish and bluegill.
1,995 acres
$8.95
Illinois River
Starved Rock to Hennepin
(Fishing Hot Spots)
M352 - 24"x36"
Spring and fall runs of sauger and white bass attract anglers from throughout the Midwest. Catfish , smallmouth, crappie and largemouth can be found too.
24 river miles mapped.
$8.95
  Kankakee River
IL/IN State Line to Illinois River
(Fishing Hot Spots)
M366 - 24"x36"
Top rated for smallmouth bass. Excellent opportunities for boat, shore and wading anglers. Walleye, catfish and crappie are plentiful.
57 river miles mapped.
$8.95
Kinkaid Lake
(Fishing Hot Spots)
L185  - 24"x36"
Deep, clear water surrounded by sandstone bluffs makes this one of the most scenic lakes in Illinois. Largemouth and muskie are the primary quarry. Deep weedlines are key targets for anglers.
2,750 acres
$9.95
    La Salle Lake
(Fishing Hot Spots)
M351  - 24"x36"
A quality fishery is available in this power plant cooling lake. Good numbers of big largemouth and hybrid striped bass.
2,058 acres
$8.95
Lake of Egypt
(Fishing Hot Spots)
M360  - 24"x36"
Well known for good numbers of largemouth bass. Channel cats are under fished.
2,300 acres
$8.95
  Little Grassy Lake
(Fishing Hot Spots)
G186 - 11"x17"
A lot of points and breaks hold fish. Submerged pine trees provide year round action for bass, crappie and catfish.
1,000 acres
$6.95
Mill Creek Lake
(Fishing Hot Spots)
G212 - 11"x17"
A high pressure lake supporting numerous bass tournaments. Most fishing is for bass and crappie, leaving the walleye virtually untouched.
811 acres
$6.95
  Mississippi River - Pool 13
(Fishing Hot Spots)
M265  - 24"x36"
Walleye, sauger, largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and bluegill are all available in this diverse fishery.
28,117  acres
$8.95
Mississippi River - Pool 26
(Fishing Hot Spots)
M358  - 24"x36"
More that 75 species of fish inhabit this pool. Most anglers go after bluegill, catfish and white bass.
40.7 river miles mapped
$8.95
    Ohio River - Smithland Pool
Dam to Golconda, IL
(Fishing Hot Spots)
M363  - 24"x36"
Props and trolling motors routinely fall prey to the standing and fallen timber. The largemouth, crappie, channel cats and bluegill love it. The numerous creek arms hold many fish.
27,500  acres
$8.95
Ohio River - Smithland Pool
Golconda to Elizabethtown
(Fishing Hot Spots)
M364  - 24"x36"
Props and trolling motors routinely fall prey to the standing and fallen timber. The largemouth, crappie, channel cats and bluegill love it. The numerous creek arms hold many fish.
27,500  acres
$8.95
  Otter Lake
(Fishing Hot Spots)
G187 - 11"x17"
The riprap provides some of the best bass action on the lake. A lot of cover in the coves points to action for crappie.
765  acres
$6.95
Rend Lake
(Fishing Hot Spots)
L186 - 24"x36"
One of the states best for largemouth, crappie and white bass. Good numbers of channel and flathead catfish provide action. Excellent lake facilities.
18,900  acres
$9.95
  Rock River
Rockton, IL to Oregon Dam
(Fishing Hot Spots)
M367  - 24"x36"
Best known for catfish, walleye and crappie. Smallmouth bass and northern pike sneak in too.
50 river miles mapped
$8.95
Sangchris Lake
(Fishing Hot Spots)
M357  - 24"x36"
Considered the best bass water in the state. This cooling reservoir also boasts excellent striper fishing.
2,165  acres
$8.95
  Shabbona Lake
(Fishing Hot Spots)
M217  - 24"x36"
Heavily managed with an emphasis on largemouth, crappie, bluegill and catfish. Also one of the states best for muskie.
319  acres
$8.95
Lake Shelbyville
(Fishing Hot Spots)
L187 - 24"x36"
Crappie are the main attraction on the Corps of Engineers impoundment. Walleye are a seasonal factor. Excellent facilities for camping, access and shore fishing.
11,000  acres
$9.95
  Lake Springfield
(Fishing Hot Spots)
G188  - 11"x17"
The numerous docks around the lake provide excellent habitat for all species. Look for rod holders on docks to indicate the presence of privately placed brush piles.
4,234  acres
$6.95
 
 

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