Ohio River in Southern Illinois

Southern Illinois has many fishing experiences to offer whether you prefer to bring your own boat and fish out of the Ohio River, or rent a fishing boat for one of the many lakes and waterways in and around the Shawnee National Forest.

Do you have a need for speed? Enjoy powerboating on the Ohio River just off the Pope County shoreline in Southern Illinois where there are no limits to how fast you choose to go. Explore some of the many islands that sprawl the channel and take advantage of the phenomenal fishing available in the area. The family will love tubing, wakeboarding, or waterskiing on the Ohio River that skirts the Southeastern border of Southern Illinois. Grab a quick snack at the E-Town River Restaurant without even touching dry land.

The Smithland Pool has caught the attention of Fishing League Worldwide and World Bass for its phenomenal fishing experience. However, the experience is not limited to bass; a variety of sporting fish can be captured in the Ohio River. Pope County is also the home of Lusk Creek, and Shawnee National Forest is full of other honey holes waiting to be the source of your next tall tale.


The Golconda Marina
Stop at The Golconda Marina to refill your boat, get your fishing license, or restock on refreshments, snacks, or bait without leaving the Ohio River. Rent a fishing or pontoon boat for the weekend, or rent a slip to complete your fishing excursion. Golconda Marina has the largest boat ramp in Southern Illinois and can accommodate boats of all sizes.

Fishing Guide Service
To fully experience everything Southern Illinois fishing has to offer, schedule a guided fishing trip with All Around Outfitters in Southern Illinois. With tours specifically for Catfish, Family Fun, or even bow fishing; there is something to for everyone with All Around Outfitters.

Other Links for Fishing Southern Illinois                                                                          

Find all of the information you need to fish Southern Illinois including
river stages for the Ohio, and licensing information to make the most
of your Southern Illinois Fishing experience in Pope County.
             Fishing Guide: Rules and Regulations
             Ohio River Stages at Smithland Dam
             Ohio River Stages at Evansville


Bass Fishing Clubs and Tournaments                                                                                    

Southern Illinois has many tournaments that take place in Golconda
through prominent fishing clubs. Bass tournaments are held from early
April to mid-October. Enjoy these activities as a spectator or sign up to
participate in the amazing sport fishing opportunities that Southern
Illinois has to offer on the Ohio River. 
            Fishing League Worldwide
            Bass World Sports
            Public Tournaments