Illinois Spring Trout Fishing Season is Just Around the Corner

Trout Season Opens April 6

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The 2019 Illinois Spring Trout Fishing Season opens on Saturday, April 6 at 59 ponds, lakes and streams throughout the state, with four new sites added for this spring. Baumann Lake in Cherry Valley, Weldon Springs Lake in DeWitt County, Casey Park Pond in Casey, and Belk Lake in Wood River have been added for the first time for spring stockings.

An early opportunity at select trout sites — the Spring Catch-and-Release Fishing Season — will open on March 23. No trout may be kept during the catch-and-release fishing period, but anglers can keep trout after the opening of the regular season beginning April 6.

The Illinois Catchable Trout Program is funded 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 spring season and an additional 80,000 trout for the fall season.

No trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites from March 15 until the spring trout season opens at 5 a.m. on April 6. Anyone attempting to take (harvest) trout before the legal harvest season opening will be issued citations.

All anglers 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. The daily catch limit for each angler is five trout.

For more information on trout seasons and other Illinois fishing opportunities, check the website at www.ifishillinois.org. 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: http://dnr.illinois.gov/DNRDirectMonitor/VendorListing.aspx

Fishing licenses and trout stamps can also be purchased by using a credit card through DNR Direct 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. Not all sites open at 5am on opening day. Anglers are reminded to check the opening time of their favorite sites prior to the opening date. The 58 locations that will be open for spring trout season are listed below:

2019 Illinois Spring Trout Locations

(**Denotes sites open for Catch-and-Release Early Spring Season fishing)

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