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Fall Trout Season News!

October 4th: NEW Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing Season opened
October 18th: Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season opens at 5:00AM

The 2014 Illinois fall trout fishing season opens on Saturday, October 18, at 50 ponds, lakes and streams throughout the state. New this fall will be catch-and-release fly fishing at a handful of sites that began October 4. Fly fishing anglers can use their gear to catch and release trout at selected sites. Sites are stocked and ready to go!

Reminder: All anglers – including those using fly-fishing gear who intend to release fish caught before October 18 – must have a fishing license and an inland trout stamp unless exempt.

What is a golden trout?

Anglers love to catch golden trout, but contrary to popular belief, this is not a different species of trout, but rather a rainbow trout with different coloration. It is a genetic anomaly and not an albino trout. In the wild they are weeded out early by predation, but in a hatchery situation they are protected and do well. So got on out and catch one! Catch-and-release season opened at selected sites. on October 4th and the regular fall trout season opens on October 18th at 5:00AM.

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Do Not Release Pond Plants Into Any Waters!

If you have a pond in your yard you're cleaning out for the season, please remember NOT to release aquatic plants into any water bodies. Some of these pond plants are invasives that can quickly take over an entire water body. Water lettuce and water hyacinth, along with many more popular pond plants, are all invasive species. Instead, use your yard waste bags to dispose of your pond plants. Thank you so much for helping to stop the spread of aquatic invasive plants!

Know Your State Record!

Don't learn the hard way that your catch would have qualified for a state record! We have a listing of state record fish by species and directions for what to do if you think you've caught a state record fish, either by bow or hook and line. We can only name a state record fish once it has been verified by an IDNR County Fisheries Biologist, not by pictures alone. So be sure to contact your biologist if you think you've caught a record holder...before you filet it!

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.