Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season Opens October 18

September 19, 2014

New Fall Catch and Release Fly Fishing Season Opens Oct. 4 at selected sites


The 2014 Illinois fall trout fishing season opens on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 50 ponds, lakes and streams throughout the state. New this fall will be catch-and-release fly fishing at a handful of sites beginning Oct. 4. Fly fishing anglers can use their gear to catch and release trout on selected sites noted below. No trout may be kept during this period. Fly fishing anglers can keep trout after the opening of the regular season beginning Oct. 18. Waters noted with a (**) are open for early fly fishing.

“The Fall Trout Fishing season is an enjoyable family tradition that is expanded this year with fly fishing at selected locations,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller said. “Catch-and-release fishing will help extend the season and provide more opportunity for more people this fall.”

The Illinois catchable trout program is funded entirely by those who use the program through the sale of inland trout stamps. Approximately 80,000 trout are stocked by IDNR at the locations listed below just prior to the opening of the fall trout season.

No trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites from Oct. 1 until the fall trout season opens at 5 a.m. on Oct. 18. Anyone attempting to take (harvest) trout before the legal harvest season opening will be issued citations.

All anglers – including those using fly-fishing gear who intend to release fish caught before Oct. 18 ­­– must have a fishing license and an inland trout stamp, unless they are under the age of 16, blind or disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces. The daily catch limit for each angler is five trout.

Not all sites open at 5 a.m. on opening day. Anglers are reminded to check the opening time of their favorite trout fishing location prior to the season.

For more information on fall trout season and other Illinois fishing opportunities, check the web site at

Illinois fishing licenses and inland trout stamps are available at DNR Direct license and permit locations, including many bait shops, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets. For a location near you, check the IDNR website at this link:

Fishing licenses and trout stamps can also be purchased by using a credit card through DNR Direct online via the IDNR website at, or by calling DNR Direct toll-free at 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648).

Jefferson County — Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond South

Marion County — Boston Pond, Stephen A. Forbes State Park South

St. Clair County — Frank Holten State Park, Main Lake South

St. Clair County — Jones Park Lake, East St. Louis South

St. Clair County — Willow Lake, Peabody River King State Fish and Wildlife Area South

** Denotes Fly Fishing Catch-and-Release Only Season