Illinois spring trout fishing season opens April 1 at 58 locations statewide

Jayette Bolinski
Illinois spring trout fishing season opens April 1 at 58 locations statewide

SPRINGFIELD – The 2023 Illinois spring trout fishing season will open Saturday, April 1, at 58 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state.

An early opportunity at selected trout sites – the spring catch-and-release fishing season – will open March 18. No trout may be kept during the catch-and-release fishing period, but anglers can keep trout after the opening of the regular season beginning April 1.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) stocks more than 80,000 rainbow trout each year in bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted during the spring season. An additional 80,000 trout will be stocked for the fall trout fishing season, which begins in October.

The Illinois Catchable Trout Program receives funding support from those who use the program through the sale of Inland Trout Stamps.

For the 2023 spring trout season, no trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites from March 13 until the season opens at 5 a.m. April 1. Anyone attempting to harvest trout before the legal harvest season opening will be issued citations.

All anglers, including those who intend to release fish caught before April 1, 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 harvest limit for each angler is five trout.

For more information on trout seasons and other Illinois fishing opportunities, check the website at

Illinois 2023 fishing licenses and Inland Trout Stamps are available now at IDNR license and permit locations, including many bait shops, sporting goods stores, and other retail outlets. For a list of locations, visit

Fishing licenses and trout stamps also can be purchased online at

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 58 locations that will be open for the 2023 spring trout season are:


2023 Illinois Spring Trout Locations

**Denotes sites open for catch-and-release early spring season fishing




Boone County

Mill Race Ponds, Belvidere


Bureau County

Hennepin Canal Parkway


Cook County

Axehead Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District

Belleau 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


DuPage County

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**


Kankakee County

Bird Park Quarry, Kankakee

Rock Creek, Kankakee River State Park**


Kendall County

Big Lake, Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area


Lake County

Sand Lake, Illinois Beach State Park


LaSalle County

Illinois and Michigan Canal Lock 14, LaSalle

Lake Mendota, Village of Mendota


McHenry County

Lake Atwood, McHenry County Conservation District

Piscasaw Creek, McHenry County Conservation District


Ogle County

Pine Creek, White Pines Forest State Park**


Rock Island County

Prospect Park, Moline


Stephenson County

Waddams Creek, Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park

Yellow Creek in Krape Park, Freeport


Whiteside County

Centennial Park Pond, Rock Falls


Will County

Lake Milliken, Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area


Winnebago County

Baumann Lake, Cherry Valley

Four Lakes, Winnebago County Forest Preserve District





Adams County

Siloam Springs State Park Lake**


Cass County

Gridley Lake, Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area**


Champaign County

Kaufman Lake, Champaign Park District

Lake of the Woods, Champaign County Forest Preserve District


Christian County

Manners Park, Taylorville Park District


Clark County

Casey Park Pond, Casey


Coles County

Eastern Illinois University Campus Pond, Charleston


DeWitt County

Weldon Springs, Weldon Springs State Park


Hancock County

Horton Lake, Nauvoo State Park**


Macon County

Sportsman's Club Pond, Macon County Conservation District


McLean County

Miller Park Lake, Bloomington


Morgan County

Morgan Lake at Nichols Park, Jacksonville**


Moultrie County

Wyman Lake, Sullivan


Pike County

King Park Pond


Sangamon County

Illinois Department of Transportation Lake, Springfield**

Southwind Park, Springfield

Washington Park Pond, Springfield


Shelby County

Forest Park Lagoon, Shelbyville


Vermilion County

Clear Lake, Kickapoo State Recreation Area





Jefferson County

Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond


Johnson County

Ferne Clyffe State Park Lake


Madison County

Belk Park Pond, Wood River


Marion County

Boston Pond, Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area


Massac County

Fairgrounds Pond, Fort Massac State Park


Randolph County

Derby Lake, World Shooting and Recreational Complex, Sparta


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**


Wabash County

Beall Woods Lake, Beall Woods State Park


Wayne County

Sam Dale Conservation Area Trout Pond

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