The heart of Illinois is full of amazing fishing locations you and your family or friends can enjoy throughout the year. Known as Illinois’ River City, Peoria lies along the Illinois River, which is almost 300 miles long with close to half of the river flowing through the central Illinois area, you can guarantee the area is full of rich fishing opportunities. The Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Area in Lacon is nearly 10 miles of scenic Illinois River backwaters, bottomlands and bluffs. Over in Canton lies Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area which is protected from the Illinois River by a major levee. A quick 15-minute drive from Banner Marsh lies Emiquon Preserve in Lewiston. Not only is there great fishing at Emiquon but there are also opportunities for bird watching, learning about the area’s history while exploring Dickson Mounds Museum and canoeing. Don’t forget to check out Wildlife Prairie Park and Jubilee College State Park for great hiking and scenic views while you find the perfect fishing spot.