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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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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 - Crystal Lake, IL Fishing Information & Reports
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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

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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 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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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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Open discussion forum. Shoot the breeze and chat about, well... whatever. Rated PG-13. PLEASE maintain and level of decency and respect.
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  1. Other Waters
    Got home yesterday from our tri-annual family retreat. Stopped on the way to check things out at Le-Aqua-Na. It's been closed for over a year. Lake was leaking, silted up & otherwise in horrible condition. The road around the lake was if possible, worse. They opened it back up in Sept. The road...
  2. Other Cook County Forest Preserve Lakes
    Well no trout this year at all both spring and fall . 3 times out in last week and nothing at sag . Oh well back to bass fishing. Anybody had luck at sag????
  3. We got rope-a-doped and we saw it coming 40 years ago but we got so intoxicated on cheap imports to say 'No!'? Why the hell didn't we wake up after Tiananmen Square? It was no big deal, kinda like Germany and the Sudenland, we should just mind our own business? One of the world's most...
  4. First time poster. Was able to hit up Busse last two days for about 6hours total. Fished the heavy mats with frogs came out with about 6 good size bass over two days.
  5. Lake Michigan
    I'm not sure what forum to put this in. I chose the big Lake Michigan as Greg was personally a very large Lake for the second half of his life. I started listening (on an 8-track tape) to Emerson Lake & Palmer at the ripe age of six and they were my gateway drug to all kinds of other prog...
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