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Illinois trout opener Saturday

April 04, 2008 at 07:12 AM

The 2008 spring trout fishing season in Illinois begins at 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 5.

“After enduring the cold, sleet, snow and ice of winter, Illinois anglers are ready for spring and the start of the spring trout fishing season is a great reason to get the fishing tackle ready,” Department of Natural Resources acting director Sam Flood said.  “Anglers of all ages look forward to trout season and our catchable trout program.”

The IDNR stocks more than 60,000 rainbow trout in bodies of water where spring trout fishing is permitted.  The trout stocking program in Illinois is made possible through the sale of inland trout stamps to those anglers who participate.

Inland trout stamps are available for $6.50 each at DNR Direct license and permit vendors, IDNR offices in Springfield, Chicago, Alton, Benton, Clinton and Sterling, and may be purchased with a credit card through the IDNR web site at or by phone at 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648).

To legally participate in the trout fishing program, anglers must have a valid Illinois fishing license and an inland trout stamp.  The annual fishing licenses for the 2008 season is valid through March 31, 2009.  Anglers may also purchase a 24-hour Illinois fishing license, which includes trout fishing privileges for the 24-hour period the license is valid.  A license is required for fishing in Illinois unless the angler is otherwise exempt (under age 16, blind or disabled, or is an Illinois resident on active military service who is home on leave).

Anglers may not take trout from any of the stocked sites from March 15 to the opening of the season on April 5 at 5 a.m.  Anyone attempting to take trout before the legal opening will be issued citations.  During the spring trout season, the daily possession limit for trout is five fish.

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. on April 5, some locations may have a later opening time.

A new location being stocked with trout is Derby Lake located at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta in Randolph County.  But that site will not open April 7 as previously announced due to wet weather.

Stocked sites (by county) for the spring catchable trout program:

  • Adams County: Siloam Springs State Park Lake.
  • Boone County: Mill Race Ponds in Belvidere.
  • Bureau County: Hennepin Canal Parkway. Illinois Outdoors
  • Cass County: Gurney Road Pond at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area.
  • Champaign County: Lake of the Woods.
  • Christian County: Manners Park Pond, Taylorville Park District
  • Cook County: Axehead Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District.
  • Cook County: Belleau Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District.
  • Cook County: Sag Quarry East, Cook County Forest Preserve District.
  • Coles County: Eastern Illinois University Campus Pond in Charleston.
  • DuPage County: Silver Lake, DuPage County Forest Preserve District.
  • Grundy County: Gebhard Woods State Park Pond.
  • Jefferson County: Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond.
  • Jo Daviess County: Apple River and tributaries.
  • Johnson County: Ferne Clyffe State Park Lake.
  • Kankakee County: Bird Park Quarry in Kankakee.
  • Kankakee County: Rock Creek (Kankakee River State Park).
  • Kendall County: Big Lake at Silver Springs State Park.
  • Lake County: Banana Lake, Lake County Forest Preserve District.
  • Lake County: Sand Lake at Illinois Beach State Park.
  • LaSalle County: Illinois and Michigan Canal at Utica
  • Macon County: Sportsman’s Club Pond, Macon County Conservation District
  • Marion County: Boston Pond at Stephen A. Forbes State Park.
  • Massac County: Fairgrounds Pond in Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis.
  • McLean County: Miller Park Lake in Bloomington.
  • McHenry County: Lake Atwood, Hollows Conservation Area, McHenry County Conservation District.
  • McHenry County: Piscasaw Creek.
  • Moultrie County: Wyman Lake in Sullivan.
  • Ogle County: Pine Creek in White Pines State Forest.
  • St. Clair County: Frank Holten State Park main lake.
  • St. Clair County:  Jones Park Lake in East St. Louis.
  • Sangamon County: Illinois Department of Transportation Lake in Springfield.
  • Sangamon County: Washington Park Pond in Springfield.
  • Shelby County: Forest Park Lagoon in Shelbyville.
  • Stephenson County: Waddams Creek (Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park).
  • Stephenson County: Yellow Creek in Krape Park, Freeport.
  • Vermilion County: Clear Lake at Kickapoo State Park.
  • Wabash County: Beall Woods Lake, Beall Woods State Park
  • Wayne County: Sam Dale Conservation Area Trout Pond.
  • Whiteside County: Coleta Trout Ponds.
  • Will County: Lake Milliken at Des Plaines Conservation Area.
  • Winnebago County: Kent Creek in Page Park, Rockford.


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Better get out there and enjoy it now. As soon as the Governor learns of this program he’ll have it on the chopping block pronto.

Why do they always schedule the opener during the youth turkey hunt? It’s the outdoor kids who get the most enjoyment out of this program why not have a date where they can enjoy both of these special spring events?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/20 at 09:22 AM

Were there no trout stocked in Tazewell County this year? Pekin has been the location in recent years?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/04 at 10:00 AM

The last few years Pekin has gotten trout in the fall but not in the spring.  Have no clue why.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/04 at 11:04 AM

The thought is that the lagoon is too shallow to keep trout alive in the late spring and summer. So they only put them in in the fall. Bad deal for the Peoria area, though, since there’s nothing nearby. And Bloomington gets them all the time. I’ve always felt we get ripped off that way. Same is true west of here to Victoria and beyond. But good luck expanding the trout program given the current situation in DNR.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/08 at 06:09 PM

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