Illinois fall trout season features six new fisheries

Springfield — Six new sites have been added to the Illinois fall trout fishing season, which opens Oct. 20 at 59 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state.

The catch-and-release, fly-fishing season will be available at nine sites beginning on Oct. 6. No trout may be kept during the fly-fishing period, but all anglers can keep trout after the opening of the regular fall trout season on Oct. 20.

The new sites for the regular season are Bauman Lake in Cherry Valley, Casey Park Pond in Casey, Horsetail Lake in Cook County, Weldon Springs State Park Lake near Clinton, King Park Pond in Pittsfield and Belk Park Pond in Wood River.

DNR will be stocking roughly 67,000 fish for the 2018 fall season, and approximately that same number for the spring season.

Angler are reminded of the rules and regulations for the fall trout season:

  • No trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites from Oct. 1 until the fall trout season opens at 5 a.m. on Oct. 20. Anyone attempting to take (harvest) trout before the legal harvest season opening will be issued citations.
  • All anglers – including those using fly-fishing gear who intend to release fish caught before Oct. 20 – must have a valid 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.
  • 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.

Fishing licenses and trout stamps can also be purchased by using a credit card through DNR Direct online via the IDNR website at

  • Not all fall trout sites open at 5 a.m. on opening day. Anglers are reminded to check the opening time of their favorite trout fishing location prior to the season. For more information, anglers should contact individual sites that will be stocked with catchable-size trout.

The Illinois catchable trout program is funded by the sale of Inland Trout Stamps and through the Illinois Fish Management Fund.

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