Welcome to I Fish Illinois—Illinois DNR Division of Fisheries

2023 Fishing Tournament Applications

Fishing tournament applications for the 2023 tournament season are now being accepted. Fishing tournament organizers can apply for a tournament permit using the INDR Tournament Permitting System. All applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Last year, we had over 2000 applications for fishing tournaments in Illinois!

Reminder: For returning groups, catch results from 2022 tournaments must be entered into the Tournament Permitting System before fishing clubs and tournament trails will be allowed to request tournament dates for 2023.

Fall Trout Season

The 2022 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season opened on Saturday, October 15, at 59 ponds, lakes and streams throughout the state. The IDNR stocks more than 80,000 rainbow trout each year in bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted during the Fall season and an additional 80,000 trout for the Spring season. The Illinois catchable trout program is funded entirely by those who use the program through the sale of Inland Trout Stamps.

The daily limit is 5 fish per angler.

The 59 stocked sites for fall trout season are listed here.

Fishing licenses and Trout Stamps can be purchased here.

Choose Copi: Eat well. Do good.

Following more than two years of consumer research and planning, the State of Illinois unveiled the new name for Asian Carp: Copi. Copi is an environmentally friendly choice, it is a local, wild-caught fish from the fresh waters of the Midwest.

The new name and brand are designed to address public misconceptions about this delicious top-feeding fish, which is overrunning Midwest waterways. Copi (choosecopi.com) are mild, clean-tasting fish with heart-healthy omega-3s and very low levels of mercury. Increased consumption will help to stop them from decimating other fish populations in the Great Lakes and restore an ecological balance to waterways down stream.

Read the IDNR press release here.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are here to answer any fishing-related questions you may have. Simply send us an email through our "contact us" and we are happy to provide you with the information you're seeking. We also have a Frequently Asked Question page that you may find helpful. We've compiled a list of some of our most frequently asked questions via email and provided that information for you here. Check it out — you may learn something new about fishing in Illinois!

Stop the Spread of Invasive Species

Remove, Drain, Dry: As the boats come out of storage, we'd like to remind you to be aware of invasive species that pose a threat to our lands and waterways. To fight the spread of aquatic invaders, the IDNR is asking residents to "be a hero transport zero." The best way to stop the spread of invasive species is to remove, drain, and dry your boats after use in any Illinois waterway. Learn more here.