The Illinois 2014 Fall Trout Fishing Season Opens October 18th

New Fall Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing Season Opens October 4th at selected sites (**)

SPRINGFIELD, IL — The 2014 Illinois fall trout fishing season opens on Saturday, October 18th, at 50 ponds, lakes and streams throughout the state. New this fall will be catch-and-release fly fishing at a handful of sites beginning October 4th. Fly fishing anglers can use their gear to catch and release trout on selected sites noted below with a (**) . No trout can be kept during this period. Fly fishing anglers can keep trout after the opening of the regular season beginning October 18th.

"The Fall trout fishing season is an enjoyable family tradition that is expanded this year with fly-fishing at selected locations," said Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller said. "Catch-and-release fishing will help extend the season and provide more opportunity for more people this fall."

The Illinois catchable trout program is funded entirely by those who use the program through the sale of inland trout stamps. Approximately 80,000 trout are stocked by IDNR at the locations listed below just prior to the opening of the fall trout season.

No trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites from October 1st until the fall trout season opens at 5:00 a.m. on October 18th. Anyone attempting to take (harvest) trout before the legal harvest season opening will be issued citations.

Reminder: All anglers – including those using fly-fishing gear who intend to release fish caught before October 18th – must have a 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.

Note: Not all sites open at 5:00 a.m. on opening day. Anglers are reminded to check the opening time of their favorite trout fishing location prior to the season opener.

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. Check here for a location near you.

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

For more information about all site regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that will be stocked with catchable-size trout. The daily catch limit for each angler is five trout.

The 50 locations are:

North

Central

South

** NOTE: Site opens on October 4th for Fly Fishing Catch-and-Release Season