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Fall Trout Season Opener Announced

October 1 — Catch-and-release fly fishing opens at select locations
October 15 — Illinois Spring Trout Season Opens

The 2016 Illinois fall trout fishing season opens on Saturday, October 15th at 53 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state. Two weeks prior to the fall trout opener, the Fall Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing-only Season will open at nine sites. The IDNR stocks more than 80,000 rainbow trout each year in bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted during the fall season. See stocked locations here.

Remember all anglers — including those using fly fishing gear who intend to release fish caught before Oct. 15 — must have a valid fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp unless exempt. These may be purchased here.

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 or compost any water plants close to any river, stream or drainage ditch. 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! Learn more here.

Alligator Gar Reintroduction Program

Alligator Gar is the largest fish native to Illinois. With records dating back to prehistoric years, this species had not been seen in the state since the last documented Alligator Gar catch in the Cache River cutoff channel in southern Illinois in 1966. Alligator Gar were officially declared extinct in Illinois in the 1990s. The program had a brief hiatus in 2014 – 2015, but times are changing, and this program is once again becoming active with more research backing up this stocking initiative to help ensure success of survivability. Read more about this program here.

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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.

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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.