The 2012 Illinois fall trout fishing season opens at 5 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at 37 ponds and lakes throughout the state, Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday. Among the sites where anglers will line the banks at dawn to catch the stocked trout is the lagoon behind the Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park office and museum, located south of the Route 40 exit from Interstate 80 nearSheffield.
Also within reasonable driving distance areBigLakeat Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area. (To inquire about fishing hours there, call (630) 553-6297), and Centennial Park Lake in Rock Falls.
“Fishing is a great family activity and the fall trout season is a great opportunity to take the kids fishing,” Director Marc Miller announced today. “Fall is a great time to spend time outdoors, and we want to encourage youth, families and experienced anglers to participate in the fall catchable trout season.”
More than 70,000 trout are stocked by IDNR at the locations listed below just prior to the opening of
the fall trout season. The Illinois catchable trout program is funded entirely by those who use the
program through the sale of inland trout stamps.
Anglers are reminded that no trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites from Oct. 1 until the fall
trout season opens on Oct. 20 at 5 a.m.
To take trout legally beginning Oct. 20, anglers must have a fishing license and an inland trout stamp,
unless they are under the age of 16, blind or disabled, or are anIllinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces. The daily catch limit for each angler is five trout.
For more information on fall trout season and other Illinoisfishing opportunities, check the web site at
Illinoisfishing 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.
Licenses and trout stamps also can be purchased by using a credit card through DNR Direct online via the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov or by calling DNR Direct toll-free at (888) 6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648).
For more information about all site regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that will be stocked with catchable-size trout.
The 37 locations are:
Adams County: Siloam Springs State Park, 217/894-6205
Bond County: Greenville Old City Lake (Patriot’s Park Lake), 618/664-2330
Bureau County: Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park, 815/454-2328
Christian County: Manners Park Pond in Taylorville, 217/824-3110
Coles County: Campus Pond at EasternIllinoisUniversity, 217/345-2420
Cook County: Axehead Lake- Cook County Forest Preserve District, 847/294-4134
Cook County: Belleau Lake- Cook County Forest Preserve District, 847/294-4134
Crawford County: Crawford County Conservation Area Pond, 618/563-4405
Douglas County: Villa Grove West Lake, 217/345-2420
DuPage County: Silver Lake DuPage County FPD, 630/933-7248
Jefferson County: Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond, 618/547-3610
Johnson County:FerneClyffeState Park, 618/995-2411
Kankakee County:BirdParkQuarry inKankakee, 815/939-1311
Kendall County: Big Lake at Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area. To inquire about fishing hours there, call (630) 553-6297.
Lake County: Banana Lake- Lake County Forest Preserve, 815/675-2319
Lake County: Sand Lake at Illinois Beach State Park North Unit, 847/662-4828
Macon County: Rock Springs Pond - Macon County Conservation District, 217/423-7708
Macoupin County: Beaver Dam Lake at Beaver Dam State Park, 217/854-8020
Madison County:Highland Old City Lake, 618/651-1386
Marion County: Boston Pond at Stephen A.Forbes State Recreation Area, 618/547-3381
Massac County: Fairgrounds Pond at Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis, 618/524-471
McDonough County: Argyle Lake at Argyle LakeState Park, 309/776-3422
Randolph County: Randolph County State Fish and Wildlife Area Lake, 618/826-2706
Randolph County: Derby Lake, World Shooting and Recreational Complex, 618/295-2700
Rock Island County: Prospect Park Pond in Moline, 815/454-2759
St. Clair County: Frank Holten State Recreation Area Lake, 618/874-7920
St. Clair County: Jones Park Lake in East St. Louis, 618/847-7920
St. Clair County: Willow Lake at Peabody River King SFWA, 618/785-2555
SalineCounty: Jones Lake Trout Pond at Saline County SFWA, 618/276-4405
Sangamon County: Southwind Parkin Springfield, 309/543-3316
Sangamon County: Washington Park Pond inSpringfield, 309/543-3316
Shelby County: Forest Park Lagoon in Shelbyville, 217/345-2420
Tazewell County: Mineral Springs Park Lagoon in Pekin, 309/968-7568
Vermilion County: Clear Lake at Kickapoo State Recreation Area, 217/442-4915
Wabash County: Beall Woods Lake at Beall Woods State Park, 618/298-2442
Warren County: Citizen’s Lake in Monmouth, 309/344-2617
Wayne County: Sam Dale Trout Pond at Sam Dale Lake SFWA, 618/835-2292
Whiteside County: Centennial Park Lakei n Rock Falls, Coloma Park District, 815/625-0272