Illinois DNR Fishing Tournament Permit Information System

Welcome to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Fishing Tournament Permit Information System web page. Using this online system, you can apply for a permit, monitor the status of a permit applictation, view your already-scheduled and approved fishing tournaments, and electronically report tournament catch data. The Illinois DNR's Fisheries Division uses tournament information to effectively manage our valuable fisheries resources.

We appreciate your cooperation with filling out your tournament information and reporting your tournament results.

IMPORTANT: See criteria here for specific requirements under Administrative Rule 810, Sec. 810.90, Sportfishing Regulations.



NOTE: Per Administrative Rule 110.4, Department of Natural Resources, Office of Land Management - ALL requests to conduct fishing tournaments over 20 participants (excluding IHSA Fishing Tournaments) on IDNR properties must now have an Activity Permit ActivityPermit.pdf filled out and approved by the Site Superintendent, then routed through the Activity Permit process, in order to be an approved event. Tournaments that charge an entry fee and/or that have a purse will also be subject to 10% of the proceeds going back to the Department, and a Permit to sell form PermitToSell.pdf turned in along with the Activity Permit. Questions regarding permit fees may be directed to DNR.ParksAdmin@illinois.gov.

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NOTE TO TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS: The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Division of Fisheries approves fishing tournament applications according to biological merit. However, all applicants should be aware that waters not owned by the State of Illinois can deny applications for any reason and applicants are encouraged to contact those sites prior to application submission to ensure the site is available.

Contact us if you need any assistance with your tournament applications.