The 2018 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season opens on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 57 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state. Will County sites are at Lake Strini and Van Horn Woods.
Fly fishing anglers can use fly fishing gear to catch and release trout beginning Oct. 6 at the nine sites.
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.
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.
For locations, visit dnr.illinois.gov/DNRDirectMonitor/VendorListing.aspx.
Fishing licenses and trout stamps can also be purchased by using a credit card at www.dnr.illinois.gov.
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 about all site regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that will be stocked with catchable-size trout.
The Illinois catchable trout program is funded by those who use the program through the sale of Inland Trout Stamps and through the Illinois Fish Management Fund.
The IDNR has added four new sites for 2018, raising the stocking of rainbow trout to 67,000 fish in the fall season and about the same for the spring season.