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Hello everyone, I'm a new member to the site and I want to start fishing for flathead catfish. I live in Chicago and would like to find the closest place possible for a chance at some big cats (20+). Unfortunately I do not own a boat so I would have to fish from shore. I'll take info on rivers or lakes, as long as I get a chance to do some fishing. Thanks a lot.
 

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I have never fished there myself. but in my last issue of one of my IL newsletters, it was a showcase of Braidwood lake. It is a cooling lake, so there should be some pretty big cats in there. I am thinking about heading up that way sometime before it gets too warm to try it out. If anybody else has fished it, can you give us some info?
 

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Welcome aboard sorry not much information on your area...I am sure some one will chime in soon with some news in your area...There are 3 rivers up your way that I know of...Kankakee,Illinois, and Des Plains all 3 have the fish you are looking for but not sure of any locations for you to fish...
 

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Besides the places that were already mentioned the Fox River has some decent flatheads. Its probably the closest place to you where you can get into them. My biggest is a 25 pounder, but I know guys who have gotten them bigger. It gets a lot of pressure so just make sure to let them go so we can all enjoy them!
 

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I'm from east central IL. I travel to chicago often for training. Although I've never fished it. I drive by a nice river every time that i want to fish. It's the desplaines river. and there's a state park just south of chicago in wilmington.I'ts a nice river. Lots of barge traffic, so i know it's deep enough. attached is a link of the park if you want to check it out..http://http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/parks/I&M/EAST/DESPLAIN/PARK.HTM
Use this link, or copy and paste. --->>http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/parks/I&M/EAST/DESPLAIN/PARK.HTM
 
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