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Fishing In Chicago: Where To Go And What You Can Catch (MAP)

DOWNTOWN — Chicago's waterways are filled with fish.

And there are dozens of spots to catch the salmon, perch, bass, catfish, bluegill, smelt, carp and other fish swimming throughout the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and the city's stocked lagoons.

Check out the map below featuring fishing holes highlighted by the Chicago Park District. The map includes 11 stocked park lagoons, Lake Michigan lakefront locations and select spots along the Chicago River.

Source: Chicago Park District

This month, the most catchable fish include coho salmon and smelt in Lake Michigan, bluegill and crappie in the lagoons, largemouth bass, panfish and carp in the Chicago River.

From May through August, perch, smallmouth bass, sheephead, channel catfish and crappie become more readily available in the city. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources also stocks the lagoons with bluegill and catfish in June, July and August.

Come fall and winter, expect to catch king and coho salmon, brown trout, steelhead, bluegill, rock bass and crappie, among other fish.

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