Catchable Trout Program

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has issued a Press Release regarding the Fall catchable trout season.

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reinstated its Catchable Trout Program in 1994. Various lakes and streams are annually stocked with catchable size (10-11 inch) trout in the spring or fall. The fall season opened on October 19, 2013.

Anglers are prohibited from harvesting trout at any of the stocking sites before the legal opening. To legally harvest rainbow and/or brown trout from any waters that receive catchable trout or hatchery stockings of trout, anglers must have a fishing license and inland trout stamp, unless they are under 16 years of age, blind or disable, or Illinois residents on leave from the Armed Forces. A daily limit of five trout per angler is enforced.

Fishing licenses and inland trout stamps are available at sporting good stores and other vendors located near the catchable trout fishing sites, as well as at the IDNR's five regional offices at Sterling, Bartlett, Clinton, Alton and Benton. This program is funded through the sale of inland trout stamps.

For more information about the catchable trout program, contact:
Department of Natural Resources
Division of Fisheries
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, Il 62702-1271
Phone 217-782-6424, TDD 217-782-9175