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Dan Stephenson of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources inspects a net full of rainbow trout handed down by Bob Wheeler of Crystal Lake Fisheries in Ava, Mo. Photos by Chris Young.

Fall trout season starts Saturday morning

October 17, 2013 at 09:41 AM

Prairie State Outdoors

The 2013 Illinois fall trout fishing season opens Saturday at 43 ponds and lakes throughout the state.

About 75,000 trout were stocked by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources just before the opening of the fall trout season.

In Springfield, the pond at Southwind Park and the upper pond at Washington Park were stocked Tuesday morning.

Bob Wheeler of Crystal Lake Fisheries of Ava, Mo., along with DNR fisheries biologists, stocked 146 fish in Washington Park, weighing a total of 138 pounds.

At Southwind Park, 822 fish weighing 785 pounds were stocked.

The Illinois catchable trout program is funded entirely by those who use the program through the sale of inland trout stamps.

No trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites until the fall trout season opens at 5 a.m. Saturday.

Anglers must have a fishing license and an inland trout stamp, unless they are under the age of 16, blind or disabled, or are Illinois residents on leave from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The daily catch limit for each angler is five trout.

For more information on fall trout season and other Illinois fishing opportunities, go online at

Here are the locations where trout will be stocked:

Adams County: Siloam Springs State Park, Clayton

Bond County: Greenville Old City Lake (Patriot’s Park Lake)

Bureau County: Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park

Christian County: Manners Park Pond, Taylorville

Coles County: Campus Pond at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston

Cook County: Axehead Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District

Cook County: Belleau Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District

Cook County: Busse Woods North Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District (new location)

Cook County: Wolf Lake at William W. Powers State Recreation Area, Chicago (new location)

Crawford County: Crawford County Conservation Area Pond, Hutsonville

Douglas County: Villa Grove West Lake

DuPage County: Silver Lake, DuPage County Forest Preserve District

Jefferson County: Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond

Johnson County: Ferne Clyffe State Park, Goreville

Kankakee County: Bird Park Quarry, Kankakee

Kendall County: Big Lake at Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area

Lake County: Banana Lake, Lake County Forest Preserve

Lake County: Sand Pond at Illinois Beach State Park North Unit

Macon County: Rock Springs Pond, Macon County Conservation District

Macoupin County: Beaver Dam Lake, Beaver Dam State Park

Madison County: Highland Old City Lake

Marion County: Boston Pond at Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area

Massac County: Fairgrounds Pond at Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis

McDonough County: Argyle Lake at Argyle Lake State Park, Colchester

McHenry County: Spring Grove Hatchery Pond, Spring Grove (new location)

Randolph County: Randolph County State Fish and Wildlife Area Lake

Randolph County: Derby Lake, World Shooting and Recreational Complex, Sparta

Rock Island County: Prospect Park Pond, Moline

St. Clair County: Frank Holten State Recreation Area Lake, East St. Louis

St. Clair County: Jones Park Lake, East St. Louis

St. Clair County: Willow Lake, Peabody River King State Fish and Wildlife Area

Saline County: Jones Lake Trout Pond at Saline County State Fish and Wildlife Area

Sangamon County: Southwind Park, Springfield

Sangamon County: Washington Park Pond, Springfield

Shelby County: Forest Park Lagoon, Shelbyville

Tazewell County: Mineral Springs Park Lagoon, Pekin

Vermilion County: Clear Lake at Kickapoo State Recreation Area

Wabash County: Beall Woods Lake at Beall Woods State Park

Warren County: Citizen's Lake, Monmouth

Wayne County: Sam Dale Trout Pond at Sam Dale Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area

Whiteside County: Centennial Park Lake in Rock Falls, Coloma Park District

Will County: Lake Strini at Conservation Park, Romeoville (new location)

Will County: Van Horn Woods, Plainfield (new location)

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