Perch, crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, catfish and walleye are just some of the fish species you can catch while fishing in Illinois. If you’re just learning how to fish, we have the resources to get you started. You might be asking yourself, “Where can I buy a fishing license?” or “Where are the fish biting?” -- you can find those answers and more right here.

Additional resources and general information on fishing in Illinois can be found directly on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) website.

Free Fishing Days in Illinois:

Free Fishing Days are scheduled in Illinois each year so that new anglers can learn how to fish without having to purchase a license. Most Free Fishing Days take place during National Fishing and Boating Week.