Spring Trout Season Opens April 5, 2014
The 2014 Spring Trout Fishing season in Illinois will begin at 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 5! The IDNR stocks more than 60,000 rainbow trout each spring in bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted during the spring season. To legally participate in the trout fishing program, anglers must have a valid Illinois fishing license and an inland trout stamp. The annual fishing licenses for the 2014 season are valid through March 31, 2015.
In addition to the bodies of water that have been stocked in the past for spring trout fishing, the IDNR is announcing the opening of four new areas to rainbow trout fishing for the spring of 2014. Get the complete listing here.
New Bowfishing Record
Congratulations to West Grave for taking a new bowfishing record black buffalo. The fish was caught at Mermet Lake and weighed in at 59.8 pounds. His friend, Brock Ackman, also shot a black buffalo at Mermet that would break the current record, weighing 55.5 pounds. Congratulations to West and Brock.
Fishing Licenses Available Now!
As of January 20th, the 2014 fishing licenses are available! The 2014 Illinois fishing, hunting and sportsman's combination licenses and usage stamps will be valid through March 31, 2015 unless otherwise noted. You can purchase your license today from DNR Direct license and permit vendors, by calling 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648), or online through the IDNR website.
Proper Use and Disposal of Lures Protect
Fish and Wildlife
Soft plastic fishing lures don't degrade or decompose, even after two years of being discarded, and are being found both in nature and inside fish according to a study conducted by University of Illinois researcher Cory Suski, in collaboration with Steven Cooke from Carleton University in Canada. While some states are considering legislation that would ban the use of soft plastic lures because of the potential threat to fish and wildlife, Suski believes that changes can occur without regulations. Read more about this study and ways you can safely use and dispose of lures.
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.