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Description Regulations Habitat Records

Gamefish in the Chicago Area include:

  • Fishing for these requires a trout stamp in addition to your fishing license.


Walleye are excellent sport and table fish. Walleye fishing starts soon after thaw and fish are taken often in the rapid waters below dams and in riffles using minnows, spinners or jigs fished off the bottom. The largest walleye are usually taken in winter.

Please check the fishing advisories for information.


Daily creel limit is 6 walleye either singly or in the aggregate, unless site specific regulations say otherwise. All walleye must be 14 inches in total length or longer except in the Mississippi, Ohio or Wabash river. Obey all site specific regulations. Site specific limits

Habitat, habits and breeding

For much more information on breeding, habits and habitat, you can read the entire U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) for Walleye This link is a scanned photocopy of the actual reports used by your local government to decide what fish to stock in particular locations. The reports are normally printed on heavy stock blue paper (You'll see the paper reflecting in the background of the scans. Warning: This report is nearly 2.6 meg in size and will require you to have Adobe Acrobat installed to view properly.


Illinois record: 14lb. 0oz

North American Record: 22lb. 11oz

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