Cedar Lake

Cedar Lake a 1,750-acre reservoir in Southern Illinois that was created by the damming of Cedar Creek, a tributary of the Big Muddy River in 1974. The lake was constructed for the purpose of supplying tap water to the residents of Carbondale. 

Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge

Refuge ponds and the Cache River provide opportunities to fish along the bank or in a small boat on the river. Associated wetlands and backwater sloughs also offer high quality areas to catch crappie, bass, bluegill and other fish throughout the year. 

Ferne Clyffe State Park

Bank fishermen will be impressed by Ferne Clyffe Lake’s populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish and redear in the lake.

Fishermen's Bluff Recreation Center

Golconda Marina

We are a full-service marina that offers overnight slip rentals, fuel, snacks, coin-operated laundry, showers, boating supplies, and fishing supplies. We sell Illinois hunting and fishing license.

Kinkaid Lake Marina

Resting on the tranquil southeast shore of Kinkaid Lake, nestled into the rolling hills of the Shawnee National Forest, Kinkaid Marina has everything you need for that enjoyable lake get away! Come visit our beautiful marina. 

Lake Glendale Recreation Area

The 82-acre lake offers good fishing opportunities for bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie and sunfish. The picnic areas feature flush toilets and large open areas for games or group gatherings. There is also the 3-mile trail you can take around the lake.

Lake Murphysboro State Park

Lake Murphysboro is a popular retreat for bank fishing. No matter what form of fishing one prefers, anglers will appreciate the variety of fish available: largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish and crappie. 

Little Grassy Lake

Little Grassy Lake, located inside Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. It offers boating and fishing opportunities for bass, crappie, catfish, and bluegill. Where 1,000 acres of crystal clear water , 4 miles long, 1 mile wide, and up to 60 feet deep create the most scenic lake in southern Illinois.

Mermet Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

Mermet Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area is an old cypress swamp which has been made into a waterfowl hunting area.  The shallow lake also is very productive for largemouth bass, channel catfish, and most panfish.

Sahara Woods State Fish & Wildlife Area

In July of 2011 the site was opened for the first time to public fishing. Currently only two boat ramps are located at Sahara Woods, one on the 98 acre Sahara Lake, and one on a 15 acre strip cut located to the east of Sahara Lake.

Tall Tree Lake

Enjoy southernmost Illinois fishing, boating, primitive camping! Our lodge is available to rent for weddings, parties, birthdays, family reunions, etc… Feel free to message, call, or text any time for more information. (618)658-8869

The Resort At Egyptian Hills

The Lake of Egypt is a reservoir in the Little Egypt region of Illinois. It is located six miles south of Marion, Illinois and covers 2,300 acres with 90 miles of shoreline. The lake has an average depth of 18 feet with a maximum depth of 52 feet. Fishing includes Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Striped Bass, and Crappie.

Tower Rock Recreation Center

Located along the banks of the Ohio River, Tower Rock Campground offers beautiful scenery and close proximity to water activities like fishing and boating. The 1/4 mile trail can be accessed near the boat launch. Be aware this area is prone to flooding when river levels fluctuate.

Union County State Fish And Wildlife Area

Union County State Fish and Wildlife Area is an Illinois state park on 6202acre in Union County, Illinois, United States. It contains extensive Clear Creek wetlands managed for fishing and bird hunting.

Cache River State Park

Channel catfish, crappie, bass and bluegill are prized by area fishermen. Less sought after but true swamp fish include the bowfin, needlenose gar, grass pickerel and yellow bullhead catfish. Pygmy sunfish and cypress minnows are two state-endangered fish found only in wetlands dominated by forested swamps.

Fort Massac State Park

Boating and fishing are permitted on and along the Ohio River. Anglers will find bullhead, carp, catfish, crappie, drum and largemouth bass. The boat dock and launch ramp easy river access.

Cave-In-Rock State Park Lodge & Cabins

Boating and Fishing:
A pond is available for fishing, and the Ohio River provides excellent fishing, boating and water sport opportunities. The river can be accessed directly from two boat ramps with adjacent parking on the western edge of the park. The site superintendent and park rangers can provide details on fishing licenses and the rules and regulations for fishing and boating on the river.