[September 30, 2013]SPRINGFIELD -- The 2013 Illinois
fall trout fishing season opens Oct. 19 at 43 ponds and lakes
throughout the state, including several new locations in Cook,
McHenry and Will counties.
"Autumn is a great season to spend time outdoors, and fishing for
tasty trout is a great family activity," said Illinois Department of
Natural Resources Director Marc Miller. "The Fall Catchable Trout
Season is one way we encourage youth, families and anglers of all
ages to spend some time fishing in Illinois."
Just prior to the
opening of the fall trout season, approximately 75,000 trout are
stocked by IDNR at the locations listed below. The Illinois
catchable trout program is funded entirely by those who use the
program through the sale of inland trout stamps.
Anglers are reminded that no trout may be taken from any of the
stocked sites from Oct. 1 until the fall trout season opens on Oct.
19 at 5 a.m.
To take trout legally beginning Oct. 19, anglers must have a
fishing license and an inland trout stamp, unless they are under the
age of 16, blind or disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave
from active duty in the Armed Forces. The daily catch limit for each
angler is five trout.
Anglers are reminded to check the opening time of their favorite
trout fishing location if they plan to go fishing on opening day.
While regulations allow trout season to open at 5 a.m. on Oct. 19,
not all locations are open that early.
For more information on fall trout season and other Illinois
fishing opportunities, check
Illinois fishing licenses and inland trout stamps are available
at DNR Direct license and permit locations, including many bait
shops, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets.
Fishing licenses and trout stamps can also be purchased by using
a credit card through DNR Direct online via the IDNR website at
by calling toll-free, 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648).
For more information about all site
regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that will be
stocked with catchable-size trout. The 43 locations are:
Siloam Springs State Park, Clayton
Greenville Old City Lake (Patriotís Park Lake)
Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park
Manners Park Pond, Taylorville
Campus Pond at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
Axehead Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District
Belleau Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District
Cook County: Busse
Woods North Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District (new
Cook County: Wolf
Lake at William W. Powers State Recreation Area, Chicago (new
Crawford County: Crawford County
Conservation Area Pond, Hutsonville