Welcome to I Fish Illinois—Illinois DNR Division of Fisheries

Lake Michigan Newsletter Available to Download

For those who are interested in the many activities that take place on Lake Michigan, the Lake Michigan Newsletter is available to download. This report compiles information from field sampling activities during 2021 that were provided by our Lake Michigan Program biologists, as well as other Lake Michigan fishery management agencies.

The newsletter covers salmon and trout stocking, sport fish harvest in Illinois waters, Yellow Perch abundance and recruitment, offshore reef mapping, nearshore bass population assessments and the CARES Act II COVID relief program. You can download the newsletter here.

2022 Fishing Regulation Information Digest Available Now!

The 2022 Fishing Regulation Information Digest is now available for download. There are no new statewide regulations to note, however do be sure to check the regulations at your favorite fishing spot to make sure the site-specific regulations have not changed. This Digest is effective from April 1, 2022 through March 31, 2023. You can download your copy here:

As a reminder: Your 2021 fishing license expired March 31, 2022. You can find a local vendor or purchase your license online here.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are here to answer any fishing-related questions you may have. Simply send us an email through our "contact us" and we are happy to provide you with the information you're seeking. We also have a Frequently Asked Question page that you may find helpful. We've compiled a list of some of our most frequently asked questions via email and provided that information for you here. Check it out — you may learn something new about fishing in Illinois!

Asian Carp: The Perfect Catch

In its continuing efforts to further reduce the spread of Asian Carp in our waterways, IDNR has embarked on an exciting new initiative to improve the perception — and ultimately increase human consumption — of these healthy, delicious fish.

Click to learn about Asian Carp's benefits and sales information, or see a recent presentation on this initiative. Eat well, do good!

Stop the Spread of Invasive Species

Remove, Drain, Dry: As the boats come out of storage, we'd like to remind you to be aware of invasive species that pose a threat to our lands and waterways. To fight the spread of aquatic invaders, the IDNR is asking residents to "be a hero transport zero." The best way to stop the spread of invasive species is to remove, drain, and dry your boats after use in any Illinois waterway. Learn more here.