Trout fishing in Illinois: Details of fall season come from the IDNR

Trout fishing in Illinois: Details of fall season come from the IDNR

Rock Creek near Kankakee River State Park is one of the few early catch-and-release sites nearby shown here in a file photo from the fall season. | Dale Bowman

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources posted the details today of the fall trout season, set to open Oct. 16; the early catch-and-release release will open at a few sites on Oct. 2.

Illinois’ fall trout season will begin Oct. 16. The early catch-and-release season will open Oct. 2 at a few select sites.

Here are the details from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (it looks like the ones in our area stocked by forest preserves were included in the site list, but I will doublecheck):

Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season Opens October 16

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The 2021 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season will open Saturday, October 16 at 59 ponds, lakes and streams throughout the state.

An early opportunity at select trout sites – the Fall Catch-and-Release Fishing Season – will open October 2. No trout may be kept during the catch and release fishing period, but anglers can keep trout after the opening of the regular season beginning October 16.

The Illinois Catchable Trout Program is funded by those who use the program through the sale of Inland Trout Stamps. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) stocks more than 80,000 rainbow trout each year in bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted during the fall season. An additional 80,000 trout are stocked for the spring season which begins each April.

For the 2021 fall trout season, no trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites until the season opens at 5:00 a.m. October 16. During the season, the daily catch limit is five trout.

The fall trout season offers opportunities for families to get outdoors and enjoy fishing. Resources are available for Taking Kids Fishing at

All anglers – including those who intend to release fish caught before October 16 – must have an Illinois fishing license and Inland Trout Stamp which are available at IDNR license and permit locations, including many bait shops, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets. Check the IDNR website for locations at

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

Participants in the Fall Trout Fishing Season are reminded to follow current guidance from the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health regarding face masks and social distancing.

For information about all site regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that will be stocked with catchable-size trout. Not all sites open at 5:00 a.m. on opening day. Anglers are reminded to check the opening time of their favorite sites prior to the open date.

For more information on trout seasons and other Illinois fishing opportunities, check the website at

The 59 locations scheduled to be open for the fall trout season are listed below:

2021 Illinois Fall Trout Locations

(** Denotes sites open for Catch-and-Release Early Fall Season fishing)

North — Bureau County — Hennepin Canal Parkway

North — Cook County — Axehead Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District

North — Cook County — Belleau Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District

North — Cook County — Busse Woods North Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District

North — Cook County — Green Lake in Calumet City, Cook County Forest Preserve District

North — Cook County — Horsetail Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District

North — Cook County — Sag Quarry East, Cook County Forest Preserve District

North — Cook County — Wolf Lake at William W. Powers State Recreation Area, Chicago

North — DuPage County— Grove Lake, DuPage County Forest Preserve District

North — DuPage County — Pickerel Lake, DuPage County Forest Preserve District

North — DuPage County — Silver Lake, DuPage County Forest Preserve District

North — Jo Daviess County — Apple River, Apple River Canyon State Park **

North — Kankakee County — Bird Park Quarry, Kankakee

North — Kankakee County — Rock Creek, Kankakee River State Park **

North — Kendall County — Big Lake, Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area (SFWA)

North — Lake County — Sand Lake, Illinois Beach State Park

North — LaSalle County — Illinois and Michigan Canal Lock 14, LaSalle

North — McHenry County — Spring Grove Hatchery Pond, Spring Grove

North — Ogle County — Pine Creek, White Pines Forest State Park **

North — Rock Island County— Prospect Park Lake, Moline

North — Warren — Citizen’s Lake, Monmouth

North — Whiteside County — Centennial Park Pond, Rock Falls, Coloma Park District

North — Will County — Lake Strini, Romeoville

North — Will County — Van Horn Woods, Plainfield

North — Winnebago County — Baumann Lake, Cherry Valley

Central — Adams County — Siloam Springs State Park Lake **

Central — Cass County — Gridley Lake, Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA **

Central — Champaign County — Kaufman Lake, Champaign Park District

Central — Christian County — Manners Park Pond, Taylorville Park District

Central — Clark County — Casey Park Pond, Casey

Central — Coles County — Eastern Illinois University Campus Pond, Charleston

Central — De Witt County — Weldon Springs, Weldon Springs State Park

Central — Douglas County — Villa Grove West Lake

Central — Hancock County — Horton Lake, Nauvoo State Park **

Central — Macon County — Rock Springs Pond, Macon County Conservation District

Central — Macoupin County — Beaver Dam Lake, Beaver Dam Lake State Park

Central — McDonough County — Argyle Lake, Argyle Lake State Park

Central — Morgan County — Morgan Lake at Nichols Park, Jacksonville **

Central — Sangamon County — IDOT Lake, Springfield **

Central — Sangamon County — Southwind Park, Springfield

Central — Sangamon County — Washington Park Pond, Springfield

Central — Shelby County — Forest Park Lagoon, Shelbyville

Central — Tazewell County — Mineral Springs Park Lagoon, Pekin

Central — Vermilion County — Clear Lake, Kickapoo State Recreation Area

South — Bond County — Patriot’s Park Lake (Greenville Old City Lake)

South — Jefferson County — Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond

South — Johnson County — Ferne Clyffe State Park Lake

South — Madison County — Belk Park Pond, Wood River

South — Madison County — Highland Old City Lake

South — Marion County — Boston Pond, Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area

South — Massac County — Fairgrounds Pond, Fort Massac State Park

South — Randolph County — Derby Lake, Sparta (World Shooting and Recreational Complex)

South — Randolph County — Randolph County State Fish and Wildlife Area Lake

South — Saline County — Jones Lake Trout Pond, Saline County State Fish and Wildlife Area

South — St. Clair County — Frank Holten State Park Main Lake

South — St. Clair County — Jones Park Lake, East St. Louis

South — St. Clair County — Willow Lake at Peabody River King SFWA**

South — Wabash County — Beall Woods Lake, Beall Woods State Park

South — Wayne County — Sam Dale Conservation Area Trout Pond

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