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General Fishing Questions and Information

Fishing tips, fishing questions, fishing information, whatever... post here. Not Chicago specific.
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Discussion for all things tackle and gear. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, rods, reels, line, hooks, etc.
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Tournaments

Talk about professional tournaments and local outings.
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Cook County Forest Preserve Lake Fishing Reports

Axehead Lake

Axehead Lake - Cook County Fishing Information & Reports
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Beck Lake

Beck Lake - Glenview, IL Fishing Information & Reports
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Belleau Lake

Fishing Information & Reports
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Busse Lake

Busse Lake - Elk Grove Village, IL Fishing Information & Reports
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Skokie Lagoons

Skokie Lagoons - Cook County, IL Fishing Information & Reports
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Other Cook County Forest Preserve Lakes

Fishing information and reports for for the rest of the Cook County Forest Preserve District waters.
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Northern Illinois Lakes Fishing Reports

Deep Lake

Deep Lake - Lake Villa, IL Fishing Information & Reports
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Fox Chain O Lakes

Fox Chain - Antioch, IL Fishing Information & Reports
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Heidecke Lake

Heidecke Lake - Morris, IL Fishing Information & Reports
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Independence Grove

Lake County, IL - Fishing Information
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Lake Arlington

Lake Arlington - Arlington Heights, IL Fishing Information & Reports
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Lake Glenview

Lake Glenview - Glenview, IL Fishing Information & Reports
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Lake Michigan

The "Big Pond" is loaded with salmon, trout, perch, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, carp and more.
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Lake Opeka

Lake Opeka at Lake Park - Des Plaines, IL General fishing information
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Lasalle Lake

Lasalle Lake - Seneca, IL Fishing Information & Reports
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Twin Lake Recreation Area (Donut Lake)

Twin Lake Rec Area (Donut Lake) - Palatine, IL Fishing Information & Reports
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Vulcan Lakes (Three Oaks Recreation Area)

Vulcan Lakes - Crystal Lake, IL Fishing Information & Reports
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Other Waters

Talk about fishing and share information on Chicago area waters not listed on our forums.
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Northern Illinois Rivers Fishing Reports

Fox River

Fox River - Northern Illinois Fishing Information & Reports
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Illinois/Kankakee/Rock Rivers

Some of the best river fishing in all of Illinois.
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Chicago River

The Northshore Channel, The Cal/Sag, the entire Chicago River system is loaded with fish... GAME FISH! Discover this great fisherie in Chicago's backyard.
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Des Plaines River

From the south suburbs to the northwest suburbs, the Des Plaines River provides some excellent fishing opportunities.
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DuPage River

Excellent fishing opportunities in the western suburbs.
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Kishwaukee River

Do you fish the Kish?
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Rock River

One of Illinois most scenic rivers in Illinois, The Rock River is a great place to get your game fish on.
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Other Rivers/Tributaries

There are seemingly endless amounts of rivers, creeks and their tributaries throughout northeast Illinois.
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"Private" waters in Illinois

POst reports from those private lakes and ponds. No need to give up the location. Sometimes just knowing they're biting in a region can be a help to others.
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Outside of Illinois Fishing reports and information from waters outside of Illinois.

Lake Geneva/Delevan

Two of the best lakes in southern Wisconsin. Only a short cast away from Chicago.
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Other Wisconsin Waters

The State of Wisconsin is a frequent destination for Chicago area residents seeking awesome angling opportunities. Post and share information and reports from Wisconsin waters.
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The Great Outdoors in and Around Chicago

Chicago Outdoors & More

Venturing into the great outdoors throughout Chicagoland. More that just fishing - hiking, biking, nature trails, nature centers, geocaching, sights to see, etc., etc.
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Fly Fishing

Mayflies, caddis, damsels & dragons and more. Your place to discuss all things fly fishing.
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Hunting

The joy of the outdoors is not limited to just fishing. Talk about hunting and share stories about hunting trips.
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Ice Fishing

Don't cast away! Get the latest tip-ups on fishing the hard water.
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Kayaking

Kayaking is more popular than ever! Here's your place to discuss all things kayak - rigging, equipment, outings, etc.
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Photography

Your experiences in the great outdoors is not limited to just fishing. From time to time you may capture a photo of a lifetime - or just a cool shot. Share your photography here.
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WCF Hall of Fame

This is the place to post your big fish, best fish, proud catches, etc. No reports or fishing questions please. Just post, brag, or be proud.
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What's Cooking?

Share your experiences with the grill, stove, oven, campfire, etc. Outdoors folks usually are outstanding cooks. Share your favorite recipes and techniques with others.
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  1. This weekend was the IHSA state championship at Lake Carlyle. We prefished for 3 or 4 hours Thursday, which was cut short by a thunderstorm and water pump issue. We managed 4 keepers, which all came on 4 similar pieces of structure on same style baits. We were feeling pretty good about catching...
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