The 2014 Illinois Inland Trout Season officially opens on Saturday, April 5. The limit is 5 trout per day, but many lakes may have site-specific regulations. Check the site signs or get more info on the IDNR website. Fishermen that are planning to catch trout need a 2014 Fishing License (last year’s expires on March 31st) as well as an Inland Trout Stamp. Fees from the license sales help fund the Illinois catchable trout program that results in the stocking of over 60,000 rainbow trout in over 40 bodies of water in Illinois. Kids under the age of 16 are exempt from fishing license and stamp, so take a kid fishing!
Four NEW Lakes Open to the Public!
In addition to the bodies of water that have been stocked in the past for spring trout fishing, the IDNR is announcing the opening of four new areas to rainbow trout fishing for the spring of 2014:
• Pine Lake in the Village of University Park in northeastern Illinois;
• Green Lake, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, in southern Cook County;
• Wolf Lake at the IDNR William W. Powers State Recreation Area in Chicago; and,
• Lake Mendota in La Salle County
Here are a few more good public access lakes that have trout:
• DuPage County: Silver Lake, DuPage County Forest Preserve District
• Grundy County: Gebhard Woods State Park Pond
• Kankakee County: Bird Park Quarry in Kankakee
• Kankakee County: Rock Creek at Kankakee River State Park
• Kendall County: Big Lake at Silver Springs State Park
• Will County: Lake Milliken at Des Plaines Conservation Area
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).