Where To Go Fishing In Chicago - The Top 8 Places In And Around Chicago!


New to the city? Need some new places to go fishing? Well, this article will provide you with 8 new places to cast those rods and catch some record breaking fish. Chicago has some excellent places to go fishing and there are a wide range of species to catch. There are some picturesque places that provide the ultimate fishing experience with a view. Ensure you check the locations out before you attend your trip, there may be some restrictions in place etc.  

Lincoln Park, Lagoon 


This is arguably one of the nicest Sunday getaway spots in the state. Lincoln Park stretches for miles along the coast of Michigan, slightly north of Chicago Harbor. The park not only sits next to the great lake but it also has a lagoon which is home to some amazing fish; bass, catfish, carp and panfish. It is a great place for a family day out, the local authorities have recently pumped some money into the area which has revitalized it to a degree. Unfortunately, pollution is still a problem and therefore it is not recommended that you take home and eat any fish you catch.

Chicago Harbor 


Throughout the heat of Chicago there are a lot of popular & beautiful fishing spots, therefore it is fitting that one of these lies right downtown. One of the most popular recreational fishing spots in the city is Chicago Harbor. It hosts plenty of offshore fishing opportunities and for those that want to stay dry, it also has plenty of shore spots. At the north end of the harbor lies the Navy Pier, this is the perfect fishing spot for beginners and anglers of a younger generation due to the high population of perch. On the opposite end of this spectrum, the Monroe Harbor fishing spots offer the opportunity to catch some huge bass and salmon. This place is perfect for all levels of anglers and is a must if you’re in and around the area. 

Chicago River 


One of the last places anglers tend to think about fishing is the main downtown Chicago river. Due to its high levels of pollution, the Chicago river has been a non-popular place to fish for a number of years. However, in recent years, this stretch of water has become more and more popular as more tourists visit. There are several spots along the river where fishing walls and bridges make it easily accessible to all anglers, as well as this, it is also some of the most picturesque spots in all of Chicago. The connection of this river to the prestigious Lake Michigan, allows a huge variety of fish to make their way down the river from the Lake, making it an excellent spot to catch all sorts of fish of different shapes and sizes. 

Lake Clinton


Lake Clinton is in the heart of southern Illinois and is a long, thin 15km
lake. Whilst most anglers attend this lake to search for decent-sized largemouth bass and crappie, this lake is also the home to other species of fish such as; striped bass, walleye, catfish and white bass. Many of the anglers from Illinois like to fish these beautiful waters, the creeks and crevices and low waters depths make it an enjoyable experience. During the summer months, you may find a lot of boats and other water sports taking place on these waters, therefore it could be a place to avoid during this peak season. The lake can be very popular, due to this, the local authorities have put in restrictions for the number of fish anglers can take. These details can be found here

Lake Michigan


The largest of fishing waters in Illinois by far! Lake Michigan covers approximately
58,000 km² and offers around 241 different campsites with electricity. This lake is home to over 100 different species of fish which are accessible to all anglers depending on the time of the year and the type of trip.  Some of the most popular fish are; steelheads, coho salmon, perch, chinook salmon, rainbow trout, lake trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and walleye

Skokie Lagoons


Not far from Glencoe village, just off the I-94, Skokie Lagoons is home to some of the best bass fishing in the state! The skokie lagoons are made up of several different waters connected together just off the Skokie River. The lagoon waters have a large percentage of weed beds and submerged timber which can make it a tricky place to fish if you’re not prepared, make sure you bring plenty of appropriate fishing tackle to help avoid snags. As well as bass, these waters are also home to Pike and Walleye, making it a popular place to fish for all types of anglers. There is a boat  launch pad on the south side but from previous experiences, the best fishing is from the shore or from a kayak which makes the non-accessible places easier to get to. 

Busse Lake


This is probably labelled as one of the best fishing lakes in Chicago, probably why it’s a little busier than any other place. Not from the O'hare airport, Busse lake is part of the Ned Brown Nature Preserve which is one of many in the local area. Busse Lake is a decent-sized lake which covers almost 600 acres of land. It is home to a large number of fish species, the majority of these being largemouth bass, crappie, walleye, northern pike and catfish. There are never-ending shorelines which offer a variety of different places to fish. Boats are allowed but boats with gas engines are prohibited. 

Centennial Park


More of a quiet spot, Centennial park is very picturesque and offers opportunities for some fine fishing experiences. As well as the excellent fishing lakes, it also offers a host of other sports and activities such as;
Bean Bag Boards, Boating, Kayak/Pedal Boat Rental, a Dog Park, Drinking Fountain, Fishing, Horseshoes, Ice Skating Pavilion, Picnic Grills, Playground, Skate Park, Sledding Hill, Volleyball, and a Water Park.

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