Best Illinois Fly Fishing Rivers

Illinois has 8 fly fish spots.

Located in the US, the fly fishing in Illinois offers more than a half-dozen beautiful trout streams. The best Illinois fly fishing based on popularity are considered to be Fox River, Kankakee River, Rock River, Wabash River, and Illinois River. For a detailed fly fishing river description and printable river access map, just select a Illinois fly fishing river or stream below.

Featured FLY FISHING RIVERS

Kankakee River

The Kankakee River has excellent fly fishing sites since it is mainly a shallow clear stream with many gravel bottomed riffles and sandy pools. The Kankakee River starts near South Bend, Indiana, and flows southwest for 121 miles to its confluence with the Iroquious River. From that confluence, the Kankakee River continues northwest for another 38 miles before the confluence with the Illinois River. The Kankakee River is known to fly fishermen for smallmouth bass, especially in early Spring and late Fall.  MORE INFO

Rock River

The Rock River has several interesting fly fishing opportunities. The Rock River winds 155 miles through northwestern Illinois before its confluence with the Mississippi River. It is mainly known for its channel catfish, but there are some sturgeon and northern pike.  MORE INFO

Ohio River

Along the southern border of Illinois, there is a 133 mile stretch of the Ohio River running from the confluence with the Wabash River near Uniontown, Kentucky, in the east to the confluence with the Mississippi River near Fort Defiance in the west. There are good fisheries in the open river stretches and pool areas, especially the Smithland Pool near the high lift dam near Smithland, Kentucky. There is good tailwater fishing at...  MORE INFO

Iroquois River

The Iroquois River is well known for its fly fishing opportunities. The Iroquois River starts southwest of San Pierre, Indiana, and heads 94 miles downstream to the southwest to the eventual confluence with the Kankakee River at Aroma Park. This naturally running river is known for its smallmouth bass which tend to be found in the holes near the confluences with smaller tributaries.  MORE INFO