The 2018 Illinois Spring Trout fishing season is just a few weeks away.
Anglers will need both a fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp to participate, unless they are under the age of 16, blind, disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces.
Licenses and trout stamps are available for purchase on the Illinois Department of Resources website and at DNR Direct license and permit locations, including many bait shops, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets.
The spring catch-and-release fly fishing season opens at nine sites on March 24. Anglers can use fly fishing gear to catch trout at that time, but they cannot keep the fish. All trout must be released until after the opening of the regular spring trout season, which begins at 5 a.m. April 7. Anyone attempting to take trout before the legal harvest season opens will be issued citations.
There are 54 locations that will be open for spring trout season, including Big Lake (Loon Lake) in Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area in Kendall County.
The IDNR stocks more than 80,000 rainbow trout each year, with 54 ponds, lakes and streams throughout the state being stocked for the spring season, and an additional 80,000 trout stocked for the fall season.
For more information on trout seasons and other Illinois fishing opportunities, visit ifishillinois.org.