Free fishing days are here in Illinois. Those under 16 years of age can always fish for free in Illinois, but if you’re older and have an itch to hit a fishing hole this weekend, have at it. “If you’ve never fished or you haven’t had a fishing license in recent years and haven’t given fishing a try lately, we want to encourage you to do it this weekend with a free fishing opportunity,” said Tim Schweitzer, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
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Except for the license requirement, all state angling rules apply, and fishers must ask permission before fishing on private property. The free fishing weekend runs through Monday night