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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.

Boating Safety Education Class

Throughout the year, many people operate motor-driven watercraft on the Illinois waters and many operate for the first time. We encourage individuals – both novice and experienced – to take the Boating Safety Education Class.

Did you know:
– No person under 10 years of age can operate a motorized vessel
– Age 10 and up to 12 years can operate a motorized vessel with more than 10hp only under guardian control
– Persons at least 12 and less than 18 years may not operate a motorize vessel with over 10 horse power without a valid Boating Safety Certificate.

Please register today for our 8-hour instructor-led Boating Safety Education Class on July 9, 2022 from 8:00AM – 4:30PM at the Lake Bloomington Marina. Find out more information here. Registration closes on July 6, 2022.

Your Watercraft Questions Answered

You've got boating questions, we've got answers! The IDNR Watercraft Division has put together a listing of the most frequently asked questions for boaters to easily find answers to questions about titles, registration, boat operation, and much more.

Find out the answers to your watercraft questions here.

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.

Free Fishing Days Celebration!

The 2022 Illinois Free Fishing Days celebration will take place June 17 – 20, coinciding with Father's Day weekend. During this four-day celebration of fishing in Illinois, anglers can fish without purchasing a fishing license, salmon stamp or inland trout stamp.

Discover the fun of fishing or introduce your kids to the outdoor adventure of fishing during these free fishing days! If you're new to fishing, here's a guide to everything you need to get started. If you are part of an organization that is interested in hosting a Free Fishing Days Celebration, see the form here.