The Illinois River is a principal tributary of the Mississippi River, approximately 273 miles long, in the U.S. state of Illinois. The river drains a large section of central Illinois, with a drainage basin of 28,070 square miles.  The Illinois River is formed by the confluence of the Kankakee and Des Plaines rivers in eastern Grundy County, approximately 10 miles southwest of Joliet. It flows west across northern Illinois, passing Morris and Ottawa, where it is joined by the Mazon River and Fox River. At LaSalle, it is joined by the Vermilion River, flowing west past Peru and Spring Valley. In southeastern Bureau County it turns south at an area known as the "Great Bend," flowing southwest across western Illinois, past Lacon and downtown Peoria, the chief city on the river.  Try minnows, wax worms, crickets, night crawlers, shad guts and twister tails out on this water.

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