October 4th: NEW Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing Season opens
October 18th: Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season opens
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 beginning October 4. Fly fishing anglers can use their gear to catch and release trout on selected sites.
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.
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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!
Lake Bloomington: One of National Fish Habitat Partnership's 2014 "Waters to Watch"
Lake Bloomington has been named one of the National Fish Habitat Partnership's "Waters to Watch" for 2014. The "Waters to Watch" are a collection of water systems that will benefit from strategic conservation efforts to protect, restore or enhance their current condition. The Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership is partnering with the Friends of EverBloom (a Friends of Reservoirs Chapter), IDNR, the City of Bloomington, McLean County Soil and Water Conservation District, McLean County Parks and Recreation and local vendors to rehabilitate a severely eroded shoreline on Lake Bloomington. Learn more about this project here.
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.