Best Illinois Fly Fishing Rivers

Illinois has 7 fly fish spots.

  August 19, 2016

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, Illinois River, and Wabash River. For a detailed fly fishing river description and printable river access map, just select a Illinois fly fishing river or stream below.

Where Can I Fly Fish In Illinois?

FEATURED:  Kankakee River


  August 19, 2016

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.

FEATURED:  Rock River


  August 8, 2016

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.

FEATURED:  Ohio River


  June 30, 2016

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...