Fishing and Hunting

From lakes to rivers there is no end to the fishing opportunities in Southern Illinois. Trophy bass, musky, crappie, bluegill, and catfish await the angler. Beautiful Rend Lake in Benton is an angler’s paradise. With over 18,000 acres you will find a full service marina and boat rentals are available. Crab Orchard Lake Crab covers 6900 acres, boat ramps, and two full service marinas.

Hunting enthusiasts will want to visit Southern Illinois and experience for themselves the opportunities that wait. Early spring is turkey season and autumn opens the season for doves, squirrels, deer, turkey, duck and geese. From public land to private hunting grounds, you will find thousands of acres to hunt. There are also many private hunting clubs in Southern Illinois that offer guides and lodging to make a perfect hunting weekend or mid week trip.