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Illinois fall trout season begins Oct. 20

Trout to be stocked at 36 locations          Send a link to a friend

[September 29, 2007]  SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Department of Natural Resources Acting Director Sam Flood announced that the 2007 Illinois fall trout fishing season opens on Oct. 20 at 36 ponds and lakes throughout the state.

"Autumn is a great time of year for fishing, and veteran anglers, novices and family members of all ages can have a great time catching trout thanks to our catchable trout program," said Flood.

Just prior to the opening of the fall trout season, more than 70,000 trout are stocked by IDNR at the locations listed below. 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. 20 at 5 a.m.

To take trout legally beginning Oct. 20, 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. 20, not all locations are open that early.

For more information on fall trout season and other Illinois fishing opportunities, contact the IDNR Division of Fisheries at 217-782-6424 or 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 at DNR Direct online via or by calling DNR Direct toll-free at 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648).

Anglers are advised that fall trout fishing opportunities will return to Greenville Old City Lake (Patriot's Park Lake) in Bond County, which was closed last year for an improvement project.

For more information about site regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that will be stocked with catchable-size trout. The 36 locations are:

  • Adams County: Siloam Springs State Park, 217-894-6205

  • Bond County: Greenville Old City Lake (Patriot's Park Lake), 618-664-2330

  • Bureau County: Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park, 815-454-2328

  • Christian County: Manners Park Pond in Taylorville, 217-824-3110

  • Coles County: Campus Pond at Eastern Illinois University, 217-345-2420

  • Cook County: Axehead Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District, 847-294-4134

  • Cook County: Belleau Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District, 847-294-4134

  • Crawford County: Crawford County Conservation Area Pond, 618-563-4405

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  • Douglas County: Villa Grove West Lake, 217-443-0529

  • Jefferson County: Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond, 618-547-3610

  • Johnson County: Ferne Clyffe State Park, 618-995-2411

  • Kankakee County: Bird Park Quarry in Kankakee, 815-939-1311

  • Kendall County: Big Lake at Silver Springs State Park, 630-553-6297

  • Lake County: Banana Lake, Lake County Forest Preserve, 815-675-2319

  • Lake County: Sand Lake at Illinois Beach State Park, 847-662-4828

  • Macon County: Rock Springs Pond, Macon County Conservation District, 217-423-7708

  • Macoupin County: Beaver Dam Lake, 217-854-8020

  • Madison County: Highland Old City Lake, 618-651-1386

  • Marion County: Boston Pond at Stephen A. Forbes Park, 618-547-3381

  • Massac County: Fairgrounds Pond at Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis, 618-524-4712

  • McDonough County: Argyle Lake at Argyle Lake State Park, 309-776-3422

  • Randolph County: Randolph County State Fish and Wildlife Area Lake, 618-826-2706

  • Rock Island County: Prospect Park Pond in Moline, 815-454-2759

  • St. Clair County: Frank Holten State Park Lake, 618-874-7920

  • St. Clair County: Jones Park Lake in East St. Louis, 618-847-7920

  • St. Clair County: Willow Lake at Peabody River King State Fish and Wildlife Area, 618-785-2555

  • Saline County: Jones Lake Trout Pond at Saline County State Fish and Wildlife Area, 618-276-4405

  • Sangamon County: IDOT Lake in Springfield, 309-543-3316

  • Sangamon County: Washington Park Pond in Springfield, 309-543-3316

  • Shelby County: Forest Park Lagoon in Shelbyville, 217-345-2420

  • Tazewell County: Mineral Springs Park Lagoon in Pekin, 309-347-5119

  • Vermilion County: Clear Lake at Kickapoo State Park, 217-442-4915

  • Wabash County: Beall Woods Lake at Beall Woods State Park, 618-298-2442

  • Warren County: Citizen's Lake in Monmouth, 309-344-2617

  • Wayne County: Sam Dale Trout Pond at Sam Dale Lake Conservation Area, 618-835-2292

  • Whiteside County: Coleta Trout Pond just west of Coleta, 815-454-2759

[Text from Illinois Department of Natural Resources news release received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]

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