The state’s spring trout fishing season will begin on April 5.  Dan Stephenson of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the catchable rainbow trout program is one of the department’s more popular activities—so much so that four new locations are being added this year.  Stephenson says there’s a chance to reel in some sizeable trout.
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“I stock the lakes…around Springfield, and sometimes we get some fish up to 14 or 16 inches. There won’t be many, most of them are gonna be 12 to 13, but there will be some bigger ones in there, too.”  If you’re over 16, you’ll need a valid Illinois fishing license and an inland trout stamp, which is what pays for the program. To get a full list of the stocked sites around the state, you can visit
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