Spring Trout Season Opener Announced
March 21 — Catch-and-release fly fishing opens at select locations
April 4 — Illinois Spring Trout Season Opens
The 2015 Illinois spring trout fishing season opens on Saturday, April 4th at 46 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state. In addition to the bodies of water that have been stocked in the past for spring trout fishing, three additional areas will be open to rainbow trout fishing for the spring of 2015, and three additional locations will be available for catch-and-release fly fishing prior to the opening of the spring trout season. The IDNR stocks more than 80,000 rainbow trout each year in bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted during the spring season. See locations here.
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!
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!
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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.