As fishing tournaments are becoming increasingly popular, tournament organizers should be aware that in some cases, a fishing tournament permit is required. Organizations wishing to hold a fishing tournament on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) reservoirs (Lake Shelbyville 217/774-3951, Carlyle Lake 618/594-2484, and Rend Lake 618/724-2493) must obtain a fishing tournament permit and fee from the USACOE Lake Office prior to applying for a IDNR Fishing Tournament Permit. For all other State-owned and managed sites you must contact that site to see if a usage permit is required.
Applications for Fishing Tournament Permits must be received no less than 60 days prior to the tournament date or the permit will be denied. Return completed applications to:
Division of Fisheries
Fishing Tournament Permit
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702-1271