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Inland Trout Season Opens Soon

Inland Trout Season Opens Soon

The Forest Preserves of Cook County announced recently that the spring inland trout fishing season at Axehead Lake (Park Ridge), Belleau Lake (Park Ridge), Sag Quarry East (Lemont) and Green Lake (Calumet City) will be opening soon.

About 500 pounds of rainbow trout for Sag Quarry East, 1,250 pounds for Axehead Lake, and 1,250 pounds for Belleau Lake will be purchased by the Forest Preserve District. The IL DNR will be stocking about 700 pounds for Green Lake. The stocked fish are catchable and can be kept within the limit.

Don Parker of the Cook County Forest Preserve District wrote, "As part of the IDNR’s stocking program, fishing for and possession of any trout is illegal from March 15 until 5 am on April 4. In addition, the Forest Preserve trout lakes will be closed to all fishing from Monday, March 30, until sunrise on April 4. The lake closings allow the trout to disperse throughout the lakes prior to opening."

There is a five trout per day creel limit with no size restrictions.

So what are some good lures to catch the trout?  Live bait is good.  Minnows below a float and wax worms work too. Some people like to use canned corn while others will throw small spinners or spoons.  Years ago I used a walking sinker rig with a light wire Aberdeen hook baited with a full sized night crawler and a small marshmallow.

Yes nightcrawlers and marshmallows will catch trout (catfish too).   The walking sinker rig allows you to drag your bait along the bottom.  The smell of the crawler and marshmallow is irresistible.  And the marshmallow floats so it will keep your presentation off the bottom.  Trust me this works.

These small trout don’t release well so keep what you catch but remember the limit is 5.  Bring a cooler with ice to put your catch on and keep your nightcrawlers cool.

Trout are nomadic.  They’ll always be moving around the lake so don’t be surprised to see anglers taking turns catching fish as the trout move from one end of the lake to another.

Other lakes throughout Illinois will be stocked by the IL DNR so visit their website CLICK HERE

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