Illinois Fall Trout Season Opens October 17

The Fall Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing-Only Season Opens October 3 at select sites*

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The 2015 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season opens on Saturday, October 17 at 53 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state. The fly fishing catch-and-release trout season that debuted in Illinois last spring, which proved very popular among anglers, will be offered again in the fall.

The Fall Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing-only Season will be available at nine sites beginning on October 3 at locations marked with an asterisk (*) in the list below. Fly fishing anglers can use fly fishing gear to catch and release trout beginning October 3 at the nine select sites. No trout may be kept during the fly fishing-only period, but anglers can keep trout after the opening of the regular fall trout season beginning October 17.

The Illinois catchable trout program is funded entirely by those who use the program through the sale of Inland Trout Stamps. The IDNR stocks more than 80,000 rainbow trout each year in bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted during the fall season.

No trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites from October 1 until the fall trout season opens at 5 a.m. on October 17. Anyone attempting to take (harvest) trout before the legal harvest season opening will be issued citations.

All anglers — including those using fly fishing gear who intend to release fish caught before October 17 — must have a valid fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp, unless they are under the age of 16, blind or disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces. The daily catch limit for each angler is five trout.

Illinois fishing licenses and Inland Trout Stamps are available at DNR Direct license and permit locations, including many bait shops, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets. For a location near you, check the IDNR website at this link:

Fishing licenses and trout stamps can also be purchased by using a credit card through DNR Direct online via the IDNR website at, or by calling DNR Direct toll-free at 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648).

NOTE: Not all fall trout sites open at 5 a.m. on opening day. Anglers are reminded to check the opening time of their favorite trout fishing location prior to the season. For more information about all site regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that will be stocked with catchable-size trout.

The 53 locations that will be open for Fall Trout Fishing Season are listed below:

2015 Illinois Fall Trout Locations

(* Denotes sites open for Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing-Only Early Season)