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Illinois Free Fishing Days: June 16 – 19, 2017

The 2017 Illinois Free Fishing Days celebration coincides with Father's Day weekend — June 16 – 19. During this four-day celebration of fishing in Illinois, anglers can fish without purchasing a fishing license, salmon stamp or inland trout stamp. Discover the fun of fishing or introduce your kids to the outdoor adventure of fishing during these free fishing days! If you're new to fishing, here's a guide to everything you need to get started.

Spring 2017 Trout Season Has Begun!

The 2017 Illinois spring trout fishing season opened on Saturday, April 1st at 52 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state. The IDNR stocks more than 80,000 rainbow trout each year in bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted during the spring season. The Illinois catchable trout program is funded entirely by those who use the program through the sale of Inland Trout Stamps. Reminder: You'll need a valid fishing license and trout stamp!

See a listing of stocked locations here.

2017 Illinois Fishing Information Guide

The 2017 Illinois Fishing Information Guide is packed with useful information about places to fish in Illinois. Effective beginning April 1st, you'll find an updated summary of statewide fishing regulation in Illinois, as well as details on site-specific regulations that are organized by the body of water or water area at which those regulations apply.

Featured on the cover is Wayne Herndon, who retired from the IDNR after 45 years of service as a Fisheries Biologist. See the 2017 guide here.

Get Your 2017 Fishing License Today!

2017 Illinois fishing, hunting and sportsman's combination licenses can be ordered online here, or through DNR Direct license and permit vendors or by calling 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648). The automated license system is available 24 hours a day.

The 2017 fishing licenses are valid through March 31, 2018. REMEMBER your 2016 license is now expired!

2017 Asian Carp Action Plan

The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) released its Fiscal Year 2017 Action Plan. This Plan details 60 high-priority strategic measures designed to manage the threat of four species of invasive Asian carp in the Great Lakes. The Plan serves as a foundation for the work of the ACRCC partnership — a collaboration of 27 U.S. and Canadian federal, state, provincial, and local agencies and organizations.
"Each member of the ACRCC plays an important role in keeping Asian carp from becoming established in the Great Lakes, and the IDNR was proud to lead efforts to remove over one million pounds of Asian carp from the upper Illinois River in 2016," said IDNR Asian carp biologist Kevin Irons. "Working together, we are keeping them away from the electric barrier system and out of Lake Michigan."
Read the Asian Carp Action Plan

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.