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2015 Fishing Licenses Available!

Illinois fishing, hunting and sportsman's combination licenses and usage stamps for 2015 are now available from DNR Direct license and permit vendors, online through the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov, or by calling 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648). The automated license system is available 24 hours a day. The 2015 licenses and usage stamps purchased beginning Jan. 19 will be valid through Mar. 31, 2016 unless otherwise noted. Be sure to pick up your 2015 license today!

New Conservation Laws in 2015

Several new Conservation Laws have gone into effect for Illinois in 2015. There are several that affect sportfishing and watercraft usage. A complete listing of these laws can be found here.

Come Visit Us At These 2015 Events!

When it's too cold outside, come on inside to one of the many upcoming fishing shows around our state! IDNR personnel will be on hand at the shows listed here. Please stop by and meet with IDNR fisheries biologists to learn the latest information about your favorite fishing waters. Any time is fishing time!

Ice Fishing in Illinois

As we slide into winter in Illinois, ice fishing provides an opportunity for avid anglers who can't wait for spring to go fishing. Anglers can fish almost any spot of a lake or river without a boat. However, ice fishing does require different tools and techniques than freshwater fishing. Whether you're a season veteran to ice fishing, or just getting started, there's no better time than the present to get out there and enjoy some fishing!

Follow IFishIllinois on Social Media

IFishIllinois strives to be your one-stop, go-to site for fishing in Illinois waters. We work hard to keep anglers up to date on fishing events, IDNR angling-related news releases, fishing reports, angling tips and equipment, tips for fish stocking, and much more.

Social media is an excellent way to promote what's happening in angling news throughout Illinois. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date ... because you fish Illinois.

Stop the Spread of Invasive Species

Remove, Drain, Dry: As the boats come out of storage, we'd like to remind you to be aware of invasive species that pose a threat to our lands and waterways. To fight the spread of aquatic invaders, the IDNR is asking residents to "be a hero transport zero." The best way to stop the spread of invasive species is to remove, drain, and dry your boats after use in any Illinois waterway. Learn more here.