Welcome to I Fish Illinois—Illinois DNR Division of Fisheries

2022 License Sales

The IDNR would like to remind you that fishing licenses for the 2022 season do not go on sale until March 1, 2022. These licenses are good until March 31, 2023. Your current fishing license does not expire until March 31, 2022.

We want everyone to buy a fishing license, but don't buy your new one just yet! However, if you don't have a fishing license and plan to fish between now and March 31, 2022, you can purchase a license here.

2022 Tournament Applications

Since November 1, 2021, applications for the 2022 tournament season have been accepted. In order to apply for a tournament in 2022, all tournament directors need to:

As a reminder, tournaments are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. The IDNR receives almost 3000 applications each season! Should you have any questions, please contact us here.

Asian Carp: The Perfect Catch

In its continuing efforts to further reduce the spread of Asian Carp in our waterways, IDNR has embarked on an exciting new initiative to improve the perception — and ultimately increase human consumption — of these healthy, delicious fish.

Click to learn about Asian Carp's benefits and sales information, or see a recent presentation on this initiative. Eat well, do good!

The Illinois Hatchery System

Illinois is home to three very productive fish hatcheries — Jake Wolf Memorial, LaSalle and Little Grassy Fish Hatcheries. The Illinois Hatchery System is dedicated to enhancing fish populations in Illinois waters by producing adequate numbers of various species of fish to meet stocking demands statewide. In fact, at full capacity the system can produce over 50 million fish of 20 species! State hatcheries also work with other US hatcheries to obtain fish eggs and fry to supplement on-site production for certain species.

To learn more about our hatchery system, as well as the hours they are open for visits from the public, see our page here.

Interested in where we stock fish? See our stocking page 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.