What do I need to know about catfishing in Illinois?

What do I need to know about catfishing in Illinois?

If you are fishing for catfish in Illinois, you are going to have a large choice of places to fish. One particular place to fish if you are bank fishing is Sangchris State Park. You can catch some nice sized flatheads while fishing from the banks. One fish that was caught there back in 2007 weighed in at fifty-five pounds. This is not a bad day of fishing when you can catch a fish of this size. Another place to fish is Lake Springfield. This lake has some flatheads over forty pounds as well as some good-sized channel catfish. You can fish this lake all year, but they do confine winter fishing to the north of Lindsey Bridge. If you are going winter fishing, you should launch your boat by the dam. If you want more adventures in catfishing, you can fish the Illinois River. These waters are the best for catching the big cats. The best thing about fishing in Illinois is that the time of year does not seem to matter. You do need the right equipment and bait to catch the cats. You can use a Berkley rod with a ten to twenty pound test line. The 5/0 hook is what most anglers use when catfishing. If you do fish the catfish in Illinois, you can use just about any bait that you can think of to use. Minnows will work just as will your own homemade bait. The fishing is always prime in Illinois for catfish.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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