Unless you belong to a private club, you had better put your trout fishing gear away until next weekend. The 2012 Trout season officially opens NEXT Saturday, April 7th, at 5 am.
This year, the IDNR has stocked over 60,000 rainbow trout in 43 bodies of water that are open to the public for trout fishing.
The state limit is 5 rainbow trout, but it pays to check the site specific regulations. In addition to an IL fishing license, an inland trout stamp is required and can be purchased at DNR Direct license/permit locations, including many bait shops and sporting goods stores or on the DNR website. The Illinois catchable trout program is funded entirely by those who use the program through the sale of inland trout stamps.
Need a place to go?
Here are a few great local spots:
• Cook County: Axehead Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District
• Cook County: Belleau Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District
• Cook County: Sag Quarry East, Cook County Forest Preserve District
• Coles County: Eastern Illinois University Campus Pond in Charleston
• 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
• Lake County: Banana Lake, Lake County Forest Preserve District
• Lake County: Sand Lake at Illinois Beach State Park
• LaSalle County: Illinois and Michigan Canal at Utica
• McHenry County: Lake Atwood, Hollows Conservation Area, McHenry County Conservation District
• McHenry County: Piscasaw Creek
• Will County: Lake Milliken at Des Plaines Conservation Area
For more information, visit the IDNR website here.
For more information on hunting and fishing in Illinois, visit DanStefOutdoors.com