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Cook County Forest Preserve Lake Fishing Reports

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Axehead Lake - Cook County Fishing Information & Reports
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Beck Lake - Glenview, IL Fishing Information & Reports
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Busse Lake

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

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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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Chicago Outdoors & More

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Fly Fishing

Mayflies, caddis, damsels & dragons and more. Your place to discuss all things fly fishing.
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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 is more popular than ever! Here's your place to discuss all things kayak - rigging, equipment, outings, etc.
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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. My brother and I decided to meet for a week fishing some lakes and ponds in Missouri. Neither of us have ever been there. It's been awesome so far and we still have several days to go! We have access to a canoe. The first evening my brother hooked a 6-pounder on a wacky worm as the first fish...
  2. Other Rivers/Tributaries
    It's been cold, slow and rainy unfortunately the past two weeks. I'd like for the rain to hold off but to lower the current but it's not my call. Temps getting into the 30s at night. * Two lost musky on spinning rods, of course nothing but smallies over the past week or so. Maybe 15 or 20...
  3. 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...
  4. Des Plaines River
    Fish caught behind the house
  5. It's been since my last post on Busse that I caught a fish there, rough month indeed. I trekked a majority of the foot-accessable S. Pool over that time as well, skunk city. I decided to work the S as I'd gotten frustrated with the trend of catches in the N. Pool. It'd been a mighty long time...
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