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Illinois fall trout fishing season opens Oct. 15

Press Release - Monday, September 12, 2022

SPRINGFIELD - The 2022 Illinois fall trout fishing season will open Saturday, Oct. 15, at 59 ponds, lakes and streams throughout the state.

An early opportunity at select trout sites, the fall catch-and-release fishing season, will open Oct. 1. No trout may be kept during the catch-and-release period, but anglers can keep trout after the opening of the regular season beginning Oct. 15.

The Illinois Catchable Trout Program is funded by those who use the program through the sale of Inland Trout Stamps. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) stocks more than 80,000 rainbow trout each year in bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted during the fall season. An additional 80,000 trout are stocked for the spring season which begins each April.

For the 2022 fall trout season, no trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites until the season opens at 5 a.m. Oct. 15. During the season, the daily catch limit is five trout. For more information, visit www.ifishillinois.org.

The fall trout season offers opportunities for families to get outdoors and enjoy fishing. Resources are available for taking kids fishing at https://www.ifishillinois.org/Kids_Fishing/kidsfishing.html.

All anglers, including those who intend to release fish caught before Oct. 15, must have an Illinois fishing license and Inland Trout Stamp, which are available at IDNR license and permit locations, including many bait shops, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets. Check the IDNR website for locations at https://www.exploremoreil.com/agentlocator.

Fishing licenses and trout stamps also can be purchased with a credit card online at https://www.exploremoreil.com/.

For information about site regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that will be stocked with catchable-size trout. Not all sites open at 5 a.m. on opening day. Anglers should confirm the opening time of their favorite sites prior to the open date.

2022 Illinois fall trout season locations
(**Denotes sites open for catch-and-release early fall season fishing)


NORTH REGION

Bureau County
Hennepin Canal Parkway

Cook County
Axehead Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District
Belleau Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District
Busse Woods North Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District
Green Lake in Calumet City, Cook County Forest Preserve District
Horsetail Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District
Sag Quarry East, Cook County Forest Preserve District
Wolf Lake at William W. Powers State Recreation Area, Chicago

DuPage County
Grove Lake, DuPage County Forest Preserve District
Pickerel Lake, DuPage County Forest Preserve District
Silver Lake, DuPage County Forest Preserve District

Jo Daviess County
Apple River, Apple River Canyon State Park **

Kankakee County
Bird Park Quarry, Kankakee
Rock Creek, Kankakee River State Park **

Kendall County
Big Lake, Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area (SFWA)

Lake County
Sand Lake, Illinois Beach State Park

LaSalle County
Illinois and Michigan Canal Lock 14, LaSalle

McHenry County
Spring Grove Hatchery Pond, Spring Grove

Ogle County
Pine Creek, White Pines Forest State Park **

Rock Island County
Prospect Park Lake, Moline

Warren County
Citizen's Lake, Monmouth

Whiteside County
Centennial Park Pond, Rock Falls, Coloma Park District

Will County
Lake Strini, Romeoville
Van Horn Woods, Plainfield

Winnebago County
Baumann Lake, Cherry Valley


CENTRAL REGION

Adams County
Siloam Springs State Park Lake **

Cass County
Gridley Lake, Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA **

Champaign County
Kaufman Lake, Champaign Park District

Christian County
Manners Park Pond, Taylorville Park District

Clark County
Casey Park Pond, Casey

Coles County
Eastern Illinois University Campus Pond, Charleston

De Witt County
Weldon Springs, Weldon Springs State Park

Douglas County
Villa Grove West Lake

Hancock County
Horton Lake, Nauvoo State Park **

Macon County
Rock Springs Pond, Macon County Conservation District

Macoupin County
Beaver Dam Lake, Beaver Dam Lake State Park

McDonough County
Argyle Lake, Argyle Lake State Park

Morgan County
Morgan Lake at Nichols Park, Jacksonville **

Sangamon County
IDOT Lake, Springfield **
Southwind Park, Springfield
Washington Park Pond, Springfield

Shelby County
Forest Park Lagoon, Shelbyville

Tazewell County
Mineral Springs Park Lagoon, Pekin

Vermilion County
Clear Lake, Kickapoo State Recreation Area


SOUTH REGION

Bond County
Patriot's Park Lake (Greenville Old City Lake)

Jefferson County
Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond

Johnson County
Ferne Clyffe State Park Lake

Madison County
Belk Park Pond, Wood River
Highland Old City Lake

Marion County
Boston Pond, Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area

Massac County
Fairgrounds Pond, Fort Massac State Park

Randolph County
Derby Lake, Sparta (World Shooting and Recreational Complex)
Randolph County State Fish and Wildlife Area Lake

Saline County
Jones Lake Trout Pond, Saline County State Fish and Wildlife Area

St. Clair County
Frank Holten State Park Main Lake
Jones Park Lake, East St. Louis
Willow Lake at Peabody River King SFWA**

Wabash County
Beall Woods Lake, Beall Woods State Park

Wayne County
Sam Dale Conservation Area Trout Pond


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