Quad Cities Fishing Facts and Events

With the Quad Cities located on the fourth largest river in the world AND settled in and around many other waterways and bodies of waters, it’s a great place to fish! June is an especially fun month to get started because there are some fun fishing events, including FREE fishing days both in Illinois and Iowa. Being so close to the border, we can take advantage of both states’ license free weekends.

To celebrate fishing, you can fish without purchasing a fishing license, salmon stamp or inland trout stamp on special dates.
Iowa: June 7-9, 2019
Illinois: June 14-17, 2019 (Father’s Day weekend)

IL fishing licenses are available online from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources or from approved license vendors. You can get a 24-hour, annual or lifetime sport fishing license. Fishing folks under 16 may fish without a license.

IA fishing licenses may be purchased online from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources or via a license vendor. Fishing folks under 16 may fish without a license.

Keep in mind each state and fishing location has various rules you need to check out regarding your catch.

Sunset Marina, 1309 Mill Street, Rock Island, IL
Stop in the Marina house for fishing information and any boating needs.

Learning to fish at Sunset Marina

Lake George, 19406 Loud Thunder Road, Illinois City, IL
You can fish from shore or from a boat. Various water crafts are available to rent.

Illiniwek Forest Preserve, 836 State Avenue, Hampton, IL
Enjoy fishing right on the Mighty Mississippi.

Credit Island Park, West 4th Street, Davenport, IA (might be closed due to river flooding)
Offers both a freshwater lake and shoreline of the Mississippi.

Leach Park, 100 12th Street, Bettendorf, IA
There’s a boat launch or you can fish right off the dock.

Comment other favorite fishing locations!


Free Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 7 a.m. with lunch provided at 11 a.m.
Riverside Park Lagoon, Moline, IL
Ages 5-15
Bring your own pole and bait.
Prizes for both girls and boys divisions.

Get Hooked Fishing Derby
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Rock Island Conservation Club, Milan, IL
Food, beverages and bait available for purchase, bring your own tackle.
Prizes for kids and adults.


About the author

Meghan Cooley Meghan Cooley moved to the Quad Cities from St. Charles, IL, as an Augustana College student over 20 years ago. She left briefly after graduation and then returned to work in admissions and then marketing at Augustana College for 18 years. She now works as a consultant for admissions marketing and social media. She also does copy editing and writes for the Quad City Moms Blog. Now a true Quad Cities transplant, Meghan lives in Rock Island with her husband, Luke (R.O.W.V.A. and Augustana grad and Modern Woodmen employee) and four boys. She loves living in the Quad Cities and finds it the perfect place to raise a family, plan a date night, and go on adventures.

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