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Illinois Free Fishing Days: June 5 – 8, 2015

The 2015 Illinois Free Fishing Days celebration is slated for June 5 – 8. During this four-day celebration of fishing in Illinois, anglers can fish without purchasing a fishing license, salmon stamp or inland trout stamp. Discover the fun of fishing or introduce your kids to the outdoor adventure of fishing during these free fishing days! If you're new to fishing, here's a guide to everything you need to get started.

If you're part of a group or organization interested in hosting a Free Fishing Days Celebration, please fill out this form.

Community Outreach and Resource Enhancement Program

It's that time again when the IDNR — Division of Fisheries sponsors youth fishing clinics through the Community Outreach and Resource Enhancement Program (formerly the Urban Fishing Program) at various locations throughout the state. Learn more about the CORE program here.

Lake Michigan

Open water fishing on Lake Michigan is underway. Early spring is a good time to catch coho salmon and brown trout from the lakeshore or a boat. There have also been a few reports of Chinook salmon being caught, like the nice one pictured here that was caught by Alex B. and his father Kevin during a recent trip out of Chicago. Anglers 16 years and older need an Illinois fishing license and salmon stamp when fishing for salmon and trout in Lake Michigan. To obtain an Illinois fishing license click here. For more information on Lake Michigan fishing, click here.

2015 Fishing Licenses Available!

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!

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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.