The 2020 Illinois Spring Trout Fishing Season will open Saturday, April 4 at 56 ponds, lakes and streams throughout the state.
An early opportunity at select trout sites-the Spring Catch-and-Release Fishing Season-will open March 21. 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 4.
The Illinois Catchable Trout Program is funded by those who use the program through the sale of Inland Trout Stamps. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) stocks more than 80,000 rainbow trout each year in bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted during the spring season. An additional 80,000 trout will be stocked for the Fall Trout Fishing Season, which begins in October.
For the 2020 spring trout season, no trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites from March 15 until the season opens at 5 a.m. April 4. Anyone attempting to harvest trout before the legal harvest season opening will be issued citations.
All anglers-including those who intend to release fish caught before April 4-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 2020 fishing licenses and Inland Trout Stamps are available now at DNR Direct license and permit locations, including many bait shops, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets. For a list of locations, check the IDNR website at this link: http://dnr.illinois.gov/DNRDirectMonitor/VendorListing.aspx
Fishing licenses and trout stamps also can 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 information about all site regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that will be stocked with catchable-size trout. Not all sites open at 5:00 a.m. on opening day. Anglers are reminded to check the opening time of their favorite sites prior to the open date.
The nearby locations that will be open for the spring trout season are listed below:
Wabash County: Beall Woods Lake, Beall Woods State Park
Wayne County: Sam Dale Conservation Area Trout Pond
Jefferson County: Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond
Marion County: Boston Pond, Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area
Johnson County: Ferne Clyffe State Park Lake
Shelby County: Forest Park Lagoon, Shelbyville
Coles County: Eastern Illinois University Campus Pond, Charleston
Clark County: Casey Park Pond, Casey
Moultrie County: Wyman Lake, Sullivan
Madison County: Belk Park Pond, Wood River
St. Clair County: Frank Holten State Park Main Lake
St. Clair County: Jones Park Lake, East St. Louis
St. Clair County: Willow Lake at Peabody River King SFWA**
Randolph County: Derby Lake, Sparta (World Shooting and Recreational Complex)
Massac County: Fairgrounds Pond, Fort Massac State Park
** Denotes sites open for Catch-and-Release Early Spring Season fishing