Spring trout season opens today, April
It's easier than ever to get your new
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[APRIL 2, 2005]
It's easier than it's ever been to get your fishing or hunting
license. As the new spring trout season begins this weekend, fishing
licenses are available online and can be obtained within a matter of
To order your license online, go to
Licenses for Fishing and Hunting" makes the
process of obtaining a license simple, with clear directions. The
fee for an online license is just 49 cents.
"With the cost of gasoline these days,
the online option is ideal," said Illinois Department of Natural
Resources Director Joel Brunsvold. "You don't have to drive anywhere
to get your fishing license, and you can get your trout stamp at the
same time, so you are ready to go first thing Saturday morning.
There's no waiting. You print the license out for yourself right
away. And you can do it any time of the day or night. The website is
open 24 hours a day."
The 2005 spring trout fishing season
in Illinois opens at 5 a.m. on Saturday. More than 60,000 trout are
stocked in 40 bodies of water statewide. Stocking for the rainbow
trout fishing program in Illinois is made possible through the sale
of inland trout stamps to those anglers who participate. The stamps
are available for $6.50 each.
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To legally participate in the trout
fishing program, anglers must have a valid Illinois fishing license
and an inland trout stamp. Annual fishing licenses for the 2005
season will be valid through March 31, 2006. Illinois' 24-hour
fishing license includes trout fishing privileges for the 24-hour
period the license is valid. A license is required unless the angler
is under age 16, blind or disabled, or is an Illinoisan on active
military service home on leave.
Anglers are reminded to check in
advance for any site-specific regulations and the opening time of
their favorite trout fishing location. While the statewide spring
trout season opens at 5 a.m. Saturday, some locations may have a
later opening time.
For more fishing information,
Department of Natural Resources news release]