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Fishing at Our Preserves

Is fishing your game? We won’t judge you for using lures or worms, but we will if you don’t try out one of our fishing sites. There are two parks that offer fishing through the Rock Island County Forest Preserve District. Both parks have Mississippi River access and require an Illinois fishing license. Fish from shore or from your boat using one of our access ramps.

​Illiniwek Forest Preserve Fishing

Man and boy fishing on riverbankWe know that some days you just need to spend some time fishing. That’s why we provide access to the Mississippi River at Illiniwek Forest Preserve.

Join us for a family day of fishing or take some time out for yourself. You can become one with nature while the kids play a game of catch at the playground or exploring the nature spiral while you sit and watch the boats move up and down the Mississippi with your line in the water hoping for that big catfish to bite. No matter how you want to spend your fishing time, we have one of the best spots along the Mississippi River to throw a line in.



Popular fish to find are:

  • December-Early March: walleye and sauger
  • June- September: bass, bluegill, and crappie
  • October- December: bass

To find out more about fishing in Illinois, check out the DNR Fishing page.

Loud Thunder Forest Preserve Fishing

Boy holding fishLake George is currently closed to boats due to the necessity to lower the water level for the dam and spillway repairs taking place this fall. See District Announcements page for further details.

Fishing is permitted from the banks, outside the clearly marked construction areas. 


Loud Thunder Forest Preserve is ideally suited for water recreation. With Mississippi River access along with Lake George, why not spend the day on the water?

Lake George has 167 acres of surface water and is stocked with fish. Bluegill, large-mouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, walleye, hybrid striped bass, bullhead, and muskellunge are just a few of our wide variety of fish kept in Lake George.

Fishing Limits for Lake George

  • Largemouth bass (14 inches, limit 6)
  • Channel catfish (no size limit, limit 6)
  • Bullhead ( no size limit, no limit)
  • Bluegill (no size limit, no limit)
  • Crappie (no limit, limit 25)
  • Muskie (36 inches, limit 1)
  • Walleye (14 inches, limit 6)
  • Hybrid striped bass (17 inches, limit 1)

Guidelines

  • Any fish under the established size limit must be returned to the lake immediately after capture.
  • Gas motors are not permitted on Lake George. Electric trolling motors only.
  • Sport fishing only allowed at Lake George.
  • Fishermen are limited to a maximum of two poles.
  • No trot line or jug fishing is allowed.
  • All watercraft are subjected to the Illinois Boat Registration and Safety Act.
  • No swimming allowed in Lake George.
  • No fires on the lake shore are permitted.
  • State fishing regulations are applicable to Lake George.
  • Please have consideration for other fishermen and boaters. Lake George is a beautiful place provided for your recreation. Help us keep it that way by leaving your fishing area clean and litter free.