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2018 Fishing License Sales

A recent law became effective that has consolidated the majority of IDNR commercial licenses/permits to one end date (March 31).

Due to this change, the IDNR will be selling 2018 Illinois hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses beginning on March 1, instead of selling them beginning in mid-January as they have in the past. The 2018 licenses will be valid through March 31, 2019.

Thank you for your patience while we make this transition.

2017 IDNR Division of Fisheries
Year In Review

IDNR Chief of Fisheries, Dan Stephenson, has shared some 2017 highlights from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Division of Fisheries. Thanks to angler support through programs like the Illinois Fish Management Fund and the Wildlife and Fish Fund (fishing license sales and Illinois share of the federal excise tax on fishing equipment), the Division of Fisheries is working to improve fishing opportunities, fish habitat and fisheries management in Illinois.

There have been many accomplishments made in 2017, and many more to come for 2018! Read the Year In Review Report here.

2018 Illinois Fishing Tournament Applications

Applications are being accepted for 2018 fishing tournaments. Use the IDNR Fishing Tournament Information System to access your account or to apply for an online account. Applications are reviewed on a "first come, first served" basis. Last year, we had nearly 3,000 applications for fishing tournaments in Illinois! So far for the 2018 season, we have received almost 1,000 applications, so be sure to make your tournament plans now.

Note: For returning groups, catch results from 2017 tournaments must be entered before fishing clubs and tournament trails will be allowed to request tournament dates for 2018.

Thank you to the Illinois Bass Federation for the use of this photo.

Muskie Creel Survey

Please help us gain important information about muskies caught in Illinois waters by reporting them to us via our Muskie Creel Survey Report Card.The information we gain from our anglers is invaluable. This survey is jointly sponsored by the Illini Muskies Alliance and the IDNR. Completing this form as soon as you can after your catch is much appreciated!

Pictured: Mike Sweeney with his 48" muskie caught at the Lake Shelbyville Spillway.

Fishing in Illinois is HOT!

In Illinois in 2017, we had SEVEN record-breaking fish recorded! See the Illinois state records here.

Bring on 2018! Fishing Licenses for 2018 will go on sale the third week of January. Be sure to go pick one up and get fishing — there are records to be broken!

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.