SPRINGFIELD – The 2023 Illinois fall trout season will open Saturday, Oct. 21 at 59 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is warning anglers that warm weather will delay some early stockings this fall.
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The early catch-and-release season, scheduled to open Oct. 7 this year, will be stocked later than expected because of forecasted and observed warm water temperatures. Trout stocked in waters warmer than 70 degrees will experience high mortality. IDNR will stock the early catch-and-release sites as soon as water temperatures cool and will provide updates on the ifishillinois.org website and social media channels for ifishillinois.org and IDNR.
No trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites until the regular fall season opens at 5 a.m. Oct. 21. The daily catch limit is five trout.
All anglers, including those who participate in the early catch-and-release season, must have an Illinois fishing license and inland trout stamp, which are available at IDNR license and permit locations, including many bait shops, sporting goods stores, and other retail outlets. Check the IDNR website for locations. Fishing licenses and trout stamps can be purchased online with a credit card.
For information about all site regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that will be stocked with catchable-size trout. Not all sites open at 5 a.m. on opening day. Anglers are reminded to check the opening time of their favorite sites prior to the open date.
The fall trout season offers opportunities for families to get outdoors and enjoy fishing. Online resources are available for taking kids fishing.
IDNR reinstated its Catchable Trout Program in 1994. The program is funded in part 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 fall season. An additional 80,000 trout are stocked for the spring season, which begins each April. For more information on trout seasons and other Illinois fishing opportunities, visit https://www.ifishillinois.org.
The 59 locations scheduled to be open for the 2023 fall trout season are below.
2023 Illinois Fall Trout Locations
(** Denotes sites open for catch-and-release early fall season fishing)
Hennepin Canal Parkway
Axehead Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District
Belleau Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District
Busse Woods North 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 at William W. Powers State Recreation Area, Chicago
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 **
Bird Park Quarry, Kankakee
Rock Creek, Kankakee River State Park **
Big Lake, Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area (SFWA)
Sand Lake, Illinois Beach State Park
Illinois and Michigan Canal Lock 14, LaSalle
Spring Grove Hatchery Pond, Spring Grove
Pine Creek, White Pines Forest State Park **
Rock Island County
Prospect Park Lake, Moline
Citizen’s Lake, Monmouth
Centennial Park Pond, Rock Falls, Coloma Park District
Lake Strini, Romeoville
Van Horn Woods, Plainfield
Baumann Lake, Cherry Valley
Siloam Springs State Park Lake **
Gridley Lake, Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area **
Kaufman Lake, Champaign Park District
Manners Park Pond, Taylorville Park District
Casey Park Pond, Casey
Eastern Illinois University Campus Pond, Charleston
Weldon Springs, Weldon Springs State Park
Villa Grove West Lake
Horton Lake, Nauvoo State Park **
Rock Springs Pond, Macon County Conservation District
Beaver Dam Lake, Beaver Dam Lake State Park
Argyle Lake, Argyle Lake State Park
Morgan Lake at Nichols Park, Jacksonville **
IDOT Lake, Springfield **
Southwind Park, Springfield
Washington Park Pond, Springfield
Forest Park Lagoon, Shelbyville
Mineral Springs Park Lagoon, Pekin
Clear Lake, Kickapoo State Recreation Area
Patriot’s Park Lake (Greenville Old City Lake)
Crawford County Conservation Area Pond
Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond
Ferne Clyffe State Park Lake
Belk Park Pond, Wood River
Note: No trout will be stocked during the fall 2023 at Highland Old City Lake in Madison County due to ongoing maintenance. Stocking is expected to resume in fall 2024.
Boston Pond, Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area
Fairgrounds Pond, Fort Massac State Park
Derby Lake, World Shooting and Recreational Complex, Sparta
Randolph County State Fish and Wildlife Area Lake
Jones Lake Trout Pond, Saline County State Fish and Wildlife Area
St. Clair County
Frank Holten State Park Main Lake
Jones Park Lake, East St. Louis
Willow Lake at Peabody River King State Fish and Wildlife Area**
Beall Woods Lake, Beall Woods State Park
Sam Dale Conservation Area Trout Pond
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