The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reinstated its Catchable Trout
Program in 1994. Various lakes and streams are annually stocked with catchable
size (10-11 inches) trout in the spring or fall. Anglers are prohibited from
taking (harvesting) trout at any of the stocking sites before the legal opening.
Spring catchable trout season opens at 5 a.m. on april 7, 2012 while fall
season opens at 5 a.m. on oct. 20, 2012.
To legally take (harvest) rainbow and/or brown trout from any waters which
receive catchable trout or hatchery stockings of trout, anglers must have a
fishing license and inland trout stamp, unless they are under 16 years of age,
blind or disabled, or Illinois residents on leave from the Armed Forces. A daily
limit of five trout per angler is enforced.
Fishing licenses and inland trout stamps are available at sporting good stores
and other vendors located near the catchable trout fishing sites, and at the
IDNR’s five regional offices at Sterling, Bartlett, Clinton, Alton, and Benton.
This program is funded through the sale of inland trout stamps.
Individuals wanting more information about the catchable trout program can
contact the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fisheries, One
Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271; phone 217/782-6424,
TDD 217/782-9175. anglers wanting more information about site regulations,
access areas or boat rentals should contact individual sites and
the “i Fish illinois” website: http://www.ifishillinois.org.