Northern Illinois features a number of rivers and watersheds with backwaters, tributaries, creeks and branches which feature excellent smallmouth bass fishing opportunities. Many of these waters are scenic and don’t receive much fishing pressure. For Chicago residents, you don’t have to drive hundreds of miles to experience some great fishing, including trophy smallmouth.
These rivers and tributaries in Northern Illinois vary in their character and size and include:
Des Plaines River
Illinois River Tributaries
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