The Illinois Department of Natural Resources today released details of the fall trout season, which is scheduled to open Oct. 16; the first version with capture and release will open on a few sites on October 2.


Illinois’ fall trout season kicks off on October 16. The first season of capture and release will begin on October 2 at a few selected sites.

Here are the details from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (it looks like those in our area, home to forest reserves, were included in the list of sites, but I’ll check):

Fall trout fishing season opens in Illinois on October 16

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SPRINGFIELD, Illinois. – The 2021 Illinois fall trout fishing season will open on Saturday, Oct. 16 in 59 ponds, lakes and streams statewide.

An early opportunity at select trout fishing grounds – the fall release fishing season – will open on October 2. No trout can be kept during the catch-and-release period, but anglers can keep trout after the regular season opens starting October 16.

The Illinois Catchable Trout program is funded by those who use the program through the sale of Inland Trout stamps. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) stores more than 80,000 rainbow trout each year in bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted during the fall season. 80,000 additional trout are stocked for the spring season which begins each April.

For the fall trout season 2021, no trout may be taken from stocked sites until the season opens at 5 a.m. on October 16. During the season, the daily catch limit is five trout.

The fall trout season offers families opportunities to get out and fish. Resources are available to Take Kids Fishing at

All anglers – including those intending to release fish caught before October 16 – must have an Illinois fishing license and an indoor trout stamp which are available at license locations. and IDNR permits, including many bait shops, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets. Check the IDNR website for locations at

Fishing licenses and stamps for trout can be purchased using a credit card online through the IDNR website at

Fall trout fishing season participants are reminded to follow current CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines regarding face masks and social distancing.

For more information on all site regulations, anglers should contact the individual sites that will be stocked with catch-size trout. Not all sites open at 5:00 a.m. on opening day. Anglers are reminded to check the opening times of their favorite sites before the opening date.

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

The 59 locations scheduled to open for the fall trout season are listed below:

2021 Illinois Fall Trout Locations

(** Indicates sites open for catch and release fishing at the start of the fall season)

North — Bureau County — Hennepin Canal Walk

North — Cook County — Axehead Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District

North — Cook County — Belleau Lake, Cook County Forest Reserve District

North — Cook County — Busse Woods North Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District

North — Cook County — Green Lake in Calumet Town, Cook County Forest Reserve District

North — Cook County — Horsetail Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District

North — Cook County — East Sag Quarry, Cook County Forest Reserve District

North — Cook County — Wolf Lake at William W. Powers State Recreation Area, Chicago

North — DuPage County — Grove Lake, DuPage County Forest Reserve District

North — DuPage County — Pickerel Lake, DuPage County Forest Reserve District

North — DuPage County — Silver Lake, DuPage County Forest Reserve District

North — Jo Daviess County — Apple River, Apple River Canyon State Park **

North — Kankakee County — Bird Park Quarry, Kankakee

North — Kankakee County — Rock Creek, Kankakee River State Park **

North — Kendall County — Big Lake, Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area (SFWA)

North — Lake County — Sand Lake, Illinois Beach State Park

North — County of LaSalle — Lock 14 of the Illinois and Michigan canals, LaSalle

North — McHenry County — Spring Grove Hatchery Pond, Spring Grove

North — Ogle County — Pine Creek, White Pines Forest State Park **

North — Rock Island County — Prospect Park Lake, Moline

North — Warren — Citizen’s Lake, Monmouth

North — Whiteside County — Centennial Park Pond, Rock Falls, Coloma Park District

North — Will County — Strini Lake, Romeoville

North — Will County — Van Horn Woods, Plainfield

North — Winnebago County — Lake Baumann, Cherry Valley

Center — Adams County — Siloam Springs State Park Lake **

Center — Cass County — Gridley Lake, Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA **

Center — Champaign County — Kaufman Lake, Champaign Park District

Central — Christian County — Manners Park Pond, Taylorville Park District

Center — Clark County — Casey Park Pond, Casey

Center — Coles County — Eastern Illinois University Campus Pond, Charleston

Center — De Witt County — Weldon Springs, Weldon Springs State Park

Center — Douglas County — Villa Grove West Lake

Center — Hancock County — Horton Lake, Nauvoo State Park **

Center — Macon County — Rock Springs Pond, Macon County Conservation District

Center — Macoupin County — Beaver Dam Lake, Beaver Dam Lake State Park

Center — McDonough County — Argyle Lake, Argyle Lake State Park

Center — Morgan County — Morgan Lake in Nichols Park, Jacksonville **

Center — Sangamon County — IDOT Lake, Springfield **

Center — Sangamon County — Southwind Park, Springfield

Center — Sangamon County — Washington Pond Park, Springfield

Center — Shelby County — Forest Park Lagoon, Shelbyville

Central — Tazewell County — Mineral Springs Park Lagoon, Beijing

Central — Vermilion County — Clear Lake, Kickapoo State Recreation Area

South — Bond County — Patriot’s Park Lake (Greenville Old City Lake)

South — Jefferson County — Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond

South — Johnson County — Lac Ferne Clyffe State Park

South — Madison County — Belk Park Pond, Wood River

South — Madison County — Highland Old City Lake

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

South — County of Massac — Fairgrounds Pond, Fort Massac State Park

South — Randolph County — Derby Lake, Sparta (World Shooting and Recreation Complex)

South — Randolph County — Randolph County State Fish and Wildlife Area Lake

South — Saline County — Jones Lake Trout Pond, Saline County State Fishing and Wildlife Area

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 to Peabody River King SFWA **

South — Wabash County — Beall Woods Lake, Beall Woods State Park

South — Wayne County — Sam Dale Conservation Area Trout Pond

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