SPRINGFIELD -- The 2017 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season will open on Oct. 21 at 54 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state.
Two weeks prior to the fall trout opener, the Fall Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing Season will open at nine sites today. Fly fishing anglers can use fly fishing gear to catch and release trout beginning today at those nine sites. No trout may be kept during the fly fishing period, but anglers can keep trout after the opening of the regular fall trout season beginning Oct. 21.
The Illinois catchable trout program is funded by those who use the program through the sale of Inland Trout Stamps. For the fall season, the IDNR stocks approximately 80,000 rainbow trout into bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted.
No trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites from Oct. 1 until the fall trout season opens at 5 a.m. on Oct. 21 (not all sites are open at 5 a.m. on opening day). Anyone attempting to take (harvest) trout before the legal harvest season opening will be issued citations.
All anglers -- including those using fly fishing gear who intend to release fish caught before Oct. 21 -- must have a valid 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.
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. For a location near you, check the IDNR website at this link: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/LicensePermitVendors.aspx
Fishing licenses and trout stamps can also be purchased by using a credit card through DNR Direct online via the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov, or by calling DNR Direct toll-free at 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648).
Not all fall trout sites open at 5:00 a.m. on opening day. Anglers are reminded to check the opening time of their favorite trout fishing location prior to the season. For more information about all site regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that will be stocked with catchable-size trout.
The 54 locations that will be open for Fall Trout Fishing Season are listed below.
2017 Illinois Fall Trout Locations
(*) Denotes Sites Open for Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing Early Season
- Adams County: Siloam Springs State Park Lake (*)
- Cass County: Gridley Lake at Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA (*)
- Christian County: Manners Park Pond, Taylorville Park District
- Coles County: Eastern Illinois University Campus Pond, Charleston
- Douglas County: Villa Grove West Lake
- Hancock County: Horton Lake, Nauvoo State Park (*)
- Macon County: Rock Springs Pond
- Macoupin County: Beaver Dam Lake
- McDonough County: Argyle Lake
- Morgan County: Morgan Lake, Nichols Park, Jacksonville (*)
- Sangamon County: IDOT Lake, Springfield (*)
- Sangamon County: Southwind Park Pond, Springfield
- Sangamon County: Washington Park Pond, Springfield
- Shelby County: Forest Park Lagoon, Shelbyville
- Tazewell County: Mineral Springs Park Lagoon
- Vermilion County: Clear Lake, Kickapoo State Recreation Area