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Trout season opener ahead

March 29, 2010 at 07:32 AM

SPRINGFIELD - The 2010 spring trout fishing season in Illinois will begin at 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 3, lllinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller announced.

“Getting families and children outdoors to enjoy nature and recreation is a priority here in Illinois, and the spring trout season is a terrific way for us to encourage families to get outside and give fishing a try,” Miller said. “Getting youth outdoors to experience the fun of fishing is one of the many benefits of our catchable trout program. Anglers of all ages can join in the fun as we stock trout at 43 locations throughout the state.”

The DNR stocks more than 60,000 rainbow trout each spring in bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted during the spring season. The Illinois catchable trout program 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, DNR offices in Springfield, Chicago, Sterling, Bartlett, Clinton, Alton, and Benton. They may also be purchased with a credit card through the DNR 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 2010 season are valid through March 31, 2011. 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 3 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 3, some locations may have a later opening time.

Anglers are reminded to check in advance for any site-specific regulations and the opening time of their favorite trout fishing location. While the spring trout season opens at 5 a.m. on April 3, some locations may have a later opening time.

Anglers are advised that the catchable trout program previously located at Kent Creek in Page Park, Rockford, has been moved to Four Lakes Forest Preserve, Winnebago County Forest Preserve, off of Fish Hatchery Rd.

For more information about the trout stocking program, contact the DNR Division of Fisheries at 217/782-6424 or check the web site at

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.
· 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.
· 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: Illinois Deparhnent 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: Four Lakes Forest Preserve, Winnebago County Forest Preserve District

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I thought that the Pekin Lagoon did this too?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/29 at 11:16 AM

Am I the only one who sees this as a huge waste?

Posted by illin on 03/29 at 02:16 PM


Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/29 at 02:35 PM

Its a blast me and my friends have been enjoying it for years.  The April/October stockings bookend the fishing season.  They are hard fighting and tasty.  Unfortunately it falls on Easter weekend this year and won’t make as many trips to the pond.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/29 at 04:16 PM

It’s only a waste of time if you’ve never taken a kid and tried it. Every year I take my 3 grandsons, son, 65 year old retired nun neighbor lady, and anyone else that wants to try fishing for trout. Remember, folks, just because you don’t do it doesn’t mean it’s a waste to others. Be happy to help pay for something kids enjoy if nothing else. I don’t hunt geese, turkeys, ducks, or “collect bones” as a sport(I do hunt dear for food though), but I am happy to support those that do with my fees. The door swings both ways.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/29 at 06:51 PM

I’ve fished trout for 25 years mostly in Missouri. I find the taste strong and very fishy. Worse than channel cat. However, if you are interested in a little dish I dreamed up on the campground in Missouri, I will pass it along. It’s called grilled cajun trout. It really kills the harsh fishy flavor and adds a mouth watering surprise. Here’s how it goes. Take a charcoal grill and wrap the surface with foil. Smear butter all over the foil. Start your grill and when it gets going good add some smoking wood pieces to the coals. set your surface on the grill and lay the fillets on the foil. Keep the lid and vents close at all times(for smoke purposes). Cook the fillets on each side until almost done. Next, take a container of halved grape tomatoes, 2 diced green bells, 2 diced red bells, 2 diced yellow bells, 4 diced jalapeƱos, 1 jar of roasted minced garlic, a healthy dose of cajun seasoning and lay over the top of the fillets. Let the veggies get nice and soft, then add 2 pounds of shrimp and a touch more cajun seasoning. Cook until the “shrimps are beginning to boil” as it were. Serve and enjoy what has become a very popular dish around my house.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/29 at 07:05 PM

I almost forgot 2 diced onions and a good splashing of Louisiana hot sauce. It will take a good amount of salt too on account of all the veggies.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/29 at 09:21 PM

To those who think it’s a waste please reread where the money comes from for this. I suppose next we need to cancel the pheasant hunting at places like dawson lake or all the special youth hunts out there since the animals are stocked special and probably won’t make it in the wild.
Just wondering if they stop this where are they going to get the money to stock the extra fish that will reproduce? I suppose they could always sell Bass or bluegill stamps, because I doubt they will sell many trout stamps then.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/30 at 04:55 AM

trout spread-brine & smoke the trout, you will need 2 lb. of meat after smoking, take 1 cup melted butter, 1 cup heavy cream, 1 small chopped onion, for seasoning I use a little ceyenne & black pepper. Put all this into a food processor & blend, remove into a bowl and let chill for 1 hr. spread on cracker of choice

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/30 at 09:02 AM

Yeah notice I made no claim as to trout being tasty. If you like Salmon or Channel Cat then you probably will like trout. I developed the cajun trout dish just so we could have a way to stomach the ones we catch. I will say, absolutely, smoked trout is not too bad at all, along with my cajun trout dish. It seems trout is one of the fancy acquired tastes like all the other stuff rich folks think they like but really don’t. I’ve seen trout dishes sell for a fortune along the white river in Arkansas at all the outfitter restaurants. You know those places “outfitters.” It’s where all the rich folks go to turn the real hunters way of life into a pathetic sport. They’re the ones buying up and abusing the land we use to hunt for free because the old farmer allowed us to out of kindness. Oops…I’m getting off track here.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/30 at 04:47 PM

And as far as trout dying after a year, that is completely wrong. Most of the ponds the fish are stocked in are caught through the ice all winter and the following Spring very large trout that survived all season and year after year can be caught along with the freshly stocked trout. Since I’m an old pro at recognizing year old and older fish from newly stocked, I can tell you the difference. First, the newly stocked fish don’t weigh 2 pounds or better like the older fish and second, the older fish have very pink meat a lot like Salmon when filleted. The reason why you don’t catch trout during the summer months is because they hug the bottom and change their diet completely. I’ve caught trout on chicken livers on the bottom in July fishing for channel cat. Trout will hit a certain bait one day and not touch it the next. Very unpredictable fish no matter if they are in a clear mountain stream or in a pond…it’s in their genes. And on second thought, I now may rethink my position on the migratory game bird hunting. It may very well be a waste of time and money to build all the levies and pay someone to operate the stations where all the ground is flooded for goose hunting. It may also be a waste of time and money planting all the sunflower fields and paying someone the hold the lotteries on weekends to let hunters in. I don’t actually think any of this but it’s easy to be narrow minded.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/30 at 05:06 PM

And I’m finding it pointless to continue arguing when minds are already made up. This is a classic case of “I’ve never done it and never will so it’s all wrong.”

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/30 at 05:09 PM

Seems like everything WE object to is based on how much money is involved. Now if it’s something WE think is important the money is not an issue. Maybe we should use the money that the trout stamp program collects for snowmobile trails. Maybe I shouldn’t of said that. Someone may think it’s a good idea and try to transfer the funds like they do with other programs.

Posted by fishinpals on 03/30 at 08:04 PM

I agree - this program is far more self-sustaining than so many other government-sponsored programs out there. They pale in comparison. From central IL, we would catch trout through the ice at ponds that were only stocked in the spring. So there is good possibility for trout to survive the year in some areas. The only dead trout I have seen in Illinois has been on my dinner plate.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/31 at 07:07 AM

Never paid much attention to this program. Years ago
use to buy trout stamp only because lake I use to take my kids to in the summer had been stocked. -
Never caught or seen one caught.
I wonder if this is like other DNR programs - good
intentions - lousy management in order to accomodate
as many hunters/fisherman? as possible.
Are the lakes and ponds burned out after the first couple of weeks? (Not sure just inquiring).
Or is it like the dove program - spend a lot of money - planting a field - and then burn it out in
2-3 days - over crowd it w/ hunters - dont rest it or hunt it based on the bird activity. If you should
have of had a good shoot by 3:00 close it a 3 for that day.
Same thing w/ duck blinds - over crowd them together, hunt them every day.
All for these programs - just wished there was some
management once the season starts.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/31 at 08:00 AM

As for the trout dying, I say the fish that are stocked at the D.O.T. pond/lake here in Sangamon County live, it is fairly deep and I know of several guys that fish it year round and catch some really nice trout at times. Same goes for the lake at Siloam Springs. Now the pond at Washington Park here in Springpatch and the pond at Site M/Jim Edgar no way, it is to shallow and they are probably all caught out. DNR stocked the pond at Washington Park last year with some really nice trout, I caught several that were 18” and seen some that were 2-3” bigger. As for the taste the stocked fish are not near as good as trout caught up north or in Missouri, first time my wife tried trout from here, this kinda tastes like catfish. I would compare the taste more to smallmouths myself, which I think is a mild catfish taste. And for the funding, I would rather see this, than it spent on horse/biking trails which they pay for no permits at all.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/31 at 09:33 AM

I have been fishing the inland trout program since 2003 (Spring and fall).  Never witnessed a killoff of trout at the Mt. Vernon Game Farm Pond or Boston Pond at Forbes Lake. Both are located in the southern quarter of the state. I do believe about 95% of all the trout are fished out within 2 weeks of the pond opening.  In the spring a small number of fish probably do die off once the water temp gets above 65F but it is a handful of fish that did not get caught.  In the fall the handful that do not get caught make it through the winter till the next stocking.  It is a very fun activity I would recommend it.  As for the taste, I think it is more about ones knowledge of cooking/recipes.  Kinda of like the people who leave all the fat/connective tissue in deer and then say venison is gamey or don’t know how to cook it.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/31 at 10:32 AM

Well there you have it. I am completely wrong on every single count. Wow I thought after 25 years I would’ve learned at least one thing about trout. I sure do hope everyone realizes they are mostly fished out after a few days and they all die off shortly there after. I have yet to see the massive kill in any pond I’ve ever fished but it must be so. The fish I catch in July must be some strange new type of fish that merely resemble trout. All these facts, how could anyone be steered wrong?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/01 at 08:05 PM

The inland trout program is pennies compared to what was just spent in Chicago on the “Great Asian Carp Roundup”. THREE MILLION DOLLARS to hire commercial fishermen and buy Rotenone to cause the chemical fish kill. Half a million dollars a week for the operation and one carp bagged! I need to buy a trammel net and get some of that action! But then, I didn’t see the DNR posting those commercial fishing job openings or putting out bids for that….......... I guess you have to be an insider.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/02 at 08:50 AM

Wow signalman did you have a bad day, Only one poster said anything about a fish kill, and not being an expert on anything, but I would say that they either overstocked this pond and it is shallow or they are wasting money stocking a location that not many people are fishing. I mentioned the Washington Park Pond, they only stock 180 trout in it according to the paper, and with the number of people that fish for trout there, not many could be left.Over at Site M though I never fished for trout there, I know a lot of people that live in that area and that location is shoulder to shoulder when the season opens. The other 2 locations I mentioned I believe I said they lived, which I thought was agreeing with you. I will disagree with the size of the fish stocked for I seen different myself last spring. The biggest contradiction I read was when YOU wrote, you won’t catch trout in the summer months because they hug the bottom, but, I have caught them on chicken livers in July. I think you have to agree though that trout stocked in real shallow small lakes or ponds are not going to live in real warm water. Even though it HAS been quite a few years ago I WAS ALSO fishin for trout down in Missory back in the late 70’s early 80’s so I also know a lil somethin about somethin to. I sure hope you have a better day today, go trout fishin Sat. and have a good Easter WK END.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/02 at 09:51 AM

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