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Spring trout season open April 6

March 21, 2013 at 02:45 PM

Prairie State Outdoors

The Illinois spring trout fishing season starts at 5 a.m. April 6.

In preparation, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources stocks more than 60,000 rainbow trout each spring at 42 locations statewide.

The Illinois catchable trout program is fully funded through the sale of inland trout stamps to participating anglers.

To legally fish for trout, anglers must have an Illinois fishing license and an inland trout stamp.

The annual fishing licenses for the 2013 season are valid through March 31, 2014.

Anglers may also purchase a 24-hour Illinois fishing license which includes trout fishing privileges for the 24-hour period the license is valid.

As of July 1, 2013, anglers must also purchase an inland trout stamp with their 24-hour license to be valid for trout season.

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).

Trout may not be taken from any of the stocked sites until 5 a.m. April 6.

During the spring trout season the daily possession limit is five trout.

For more information, visit: http://www.ifishillinois.org.


Stocked sites (by county) for the 2013 spring catchable trout program:

• Adams County: Siloam Springs State Park Lake.
• Bureau County: Hennepin Canal Parkway.
• 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 at 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, Bloomington Park District
• 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.
• Randolph County: Derby Lake at World Shooting and Recreational Complex, Sparta
• St. Clair County: Frank Holten State Park main lake.
• St. Clair County: Jones Park Lake in East St. Louis.
• Sangamon County: Southwind Park Pond 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: Centennial Park Lake in Rock Falls, Coloma Park District
• Will County: Lake Milliken at Des Plaines Conservation Area.
• Winnebago County: Four Lakes Forest Preserve, Winnebago County Forest Preserve District

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