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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 - 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

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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 - Morris, IL Fishing Information & Reports
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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 - 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 - Seneca, IL Fishing Information & Reports
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Twin Lake Rec Area (Donut Lake) - Palatine, IL Fishing Information & Reports
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Northern Illinois Rivers Fishing Reports

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Fox River - Northern Illinois Fishing Information & Reports
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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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  1. We, the fishing Goddess and I. went to Kimball st area this evening. (I don't give out spots, unless they're ones everyone knows about like this one). I really like this spot, I also really hate this spot. It's like the Busse lake of the Fox. Seems like the island, when it was developed way...
  2. It’s been a slow year for us at Busse, but my daughter landed two really nice ones yesterday on the main pool with Texas rig worm. I of course, got skunked. I guess I was due since multiple times this year it was the other way around. Beautiful day though. I didn’t want the day to end weather I...
  3. General Fishing Questions and Information
    Here I am again. Dutch guy coming to spend 2 weeks near schaumburg. I have been exploring Google earth for places to fish in schaumburg. Does anybody have any tips for local ponds or waters. I am just an amateur, so don't be afraid that I will ruin your favorite spot. Just want to catch my...
  4. Sold the unit but still have the 8’ spike pick up in Plainfield
  5. This year, I decided to count fish I catch on topwater (buzzbait, whopper plopper, frog). I was inspired by Omer (Spincastguy), who is counting all fish on the way to his goal of 500 caught this year. I had no idea how many fish I catch in a season on top. Is it 30 or 300? So I decided to...
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