Best Illinois Fishing Trips (Best Destinations)


Lake Shelbyville     –     Rating 8.0

Lake Shelbyville is one of the most popular lakes in Illinois.  It has 11,000 acres of water with an average depth of 16 feet and a maximum depth of 67 feet.  There are 250 miles of shoreline with many creek arms that provide excellent cover for a variety of fish.  Take a look at our fishing tips page for more fishing information.

This lake is known for producing trophy largemouth bass.  Lake Shelbyville is a popular lake for bass fishing tournaments and many bass are caught in the 4 to 7 pound range every year.  There are also plenty of other fish to catch such as crappie, catfish, white bass, walleye, northern pike, muskie and bluegill.  Anglers report catches of muskie over 40 inches and catfish over 10 pounds to go along with stringers full of crappie and white bass.  Lake Shelbyville is a big lake and it may take some time to learn it, but the fishing can be incredible once you know some of the better spots to fish.

Rend Lake     –     Rating 7.5

Rend Lake is a huge lake with 18,900 acres of water and over 20,000 acres of land in Jefferson and Franklin counties.  Rend Lake is one of the few lakes in Illinois where you can find some nice resorts to accommodate you.  Rend Lake is very popular for boating, fishing, hunting and golfing.  Because of the warmer climate in southern Illinois, the fish grow faster in Rend Lake than in the lakes in northern Illinois.

Rend Lake is one of the better fishing destinations in the state of Illinois.  Whether you are fishing for crappie, catfish, and striped bass, largemouth bass, bluegill or carp, you should be able to find some action on this lake.  Rend Lake gets a lot of attention for its awesome crappie fishery.  You can catch good numbers of them and some very big fish too.


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While Illinois isn’t known as a very popular state to plan a fishing vacation to, there are plenty of places throughout the state that are known for good fishing.  Anglers usually will spend a 1/2 day or a day fishing these locations.


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