Illinois Spring Trout Fishing Season Opens April 6

Early Spring Catch-and-Release Season Opens March 23 at select sites

SPRINGFIELD, IL —The 2024 Illinois spring trout fishing season will open Saturday, April 6 at 58 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state.

An early opportunity at select trout sites — the spring catch-and-release fishing season — will open Saturday, March 23. No trout may be kept during the catch-and-release period, but anglers can keep trout after the opening of the regular season beginning April 6. The daily harvest limit for each angler is five trout.

The Illinois Catchable Trout Program receives funding support by those who use the program through the sale of inland trout stamps. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources stocks more than 80,000 rainbow trout each year in bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted during the spring season. An additional 80,000 trout will be stocked for the fall trout season, which begins in October.

In Macon County, spring trout will be stocked at Rock Springs Cattail Pond for the foreseeable future and not Sportsman's Club Pond. Rock Springs Cattail Pond is currently a fall trout stocking location.

In Wayne County, spring trout will be stocked at Turkey Run Shelter Pond at Sam Dale State Fish and Wildlife Area because the Sam Dale trout pond is undergoing rehabilitation. Signs will be posted directing anglers to the temporary site.

For the 2024 spring trout season, no trout may be taken from any stocked sites between March 15 and the season opening at 5 a.m. April 6. Anyone attempting to harvest trout before the legal harvest season opening will be issued citations.

For information about all site regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that will be stocked with catchable-size trout. Not all sites are open for trout catch-and-release season and not all sites open at 5 a.m. opening day.

The spring trout season offers opportunities for families to get outdoors and enjoy fishing. Resources are available for taking youth fishing. All anglers, including those who intend to release fish caught before April 6, must have a fishing license and an inland trout stamp unless they are younger than 16, blind or disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces.

Fishing licenses and trout stamps can be purchased by using a credit card online.

2024 Illinois Spring Trout Locations
(** Denotes sites open for catch-and-release early spring season fishing)


Boone County
Mill Race Ponds, Belvidere

Bureau County
Hennepin Canal Parkway

Cook County
Axehead Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District
Belleau Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District
Green Lake in Calumet City, Cook County Forest Preserve District
Horsetail Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District
Sag Quarry East, Cook County Forest Preserve District
Wolf Lake, William W. Powers State Recreation Area, Chicago

DuPage County
Grove Lake, DuPage County Forest Preserve District
Pickerel Lake, DuPage County Forest Preserve District
Silver Lake, DuPage County Forest Preserve District

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

Kankakee County
Bird Park Quarry, Kankakee
Rock Creek, Kankakee River State Park **

Kendall County
Big Lake, Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area

Lake County
Sand Lake, Illinois Beach State Park

LaSalle County
Illinois and Michigan Canal Lock 14, LaSalle
Lake Mendota, Village of Mendota

McHenry County
Lake Atwood, McHenry County Conservation District
Piscasaw Creek, McHenry County Conservation District

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

Rock Island County
Prospect Park, Moline

Stephenson County
Waddams Creek, Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park
Yellow Creek in Krape Park, Freeport

Whiteside County
Centennial Park Pond, Rock Falls

Will County
Lake Milliken, Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area

Winnebago County
Baumann Lake, Cherry Valley
Four Lakes, Winnebago County Forest Preserve District


Adams County
Siloam Springs State Park Lake **

Cass County
Gridley Lake, Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area **

Champaign County
Kaufman Lake, Champaign Park District
Lake of the Woods, Champaign County Forest Preserve District

Christian County
Manners Park, Taylorville Park District

Clark County
Casey Park Pond, Casey

Coles County
Eastern Illinois University Campus Pond, Charleston

DeWitt County
Weldon Springs, Weldon Springs State Park

Hancock County
Horton Lake, Nauvoo State Park **

Macon County
Rock Springs Cattail Pond, Macon County Conservation District

McLean County
Miller Park Lake, Bloomington

Morgan County
Morgan Lake at Nichols Park, Jacksonville **

Moultrie County
Wyman Lake, Sullivan

Pike County
King Park Pond

Sangamon County
IDOT Lake, Springfield **
Southwind Park, Springfield
Washington Park Pond, Springfield

Shelby County
Forest Park Lagoon, Shelbyville

Vermilion County
Clear Lake, Kickapoo State Recreation Area


Jefferson County
Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond

Johnson County
Ferne Clyffe State Park Lake

Madison County
Belk Park Pond, Wood River

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

Massac County
Fairgrounds Pond, Fort Massac State Park

Randolph County
Derby Lake, World Shooting and Recreational Complex, Sparta

St. Clair County
Main Lake, Frank Holten State Park
Jones Park Lake, East St. Louis
Willow Lake, Peabody River King State Fish and Wildlife Area **

Wabash County
Beall Woods Lake, Beall Woods State Park

Wayne County
Turkey Run Shelter Pond, Sam Dale State Fish and Wildlife Area