Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season Begins Oct. 16

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The 2010 Illinois fall trout fishing season opens Saturday, Oct. 16 at 37 ponds and lakes throughout the state, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller announced recently.

"The fall colors and autumn weather make it a great time of year to go fishing in Illinois and the catchable trout fishing season is always popular among anglers,” said Miller. “It is a great opportunity to spend time outdoors with the family and enjoy fishing for some tasty trout.”

More than 70,000 trout are stocked by IDNR at the locations listed below just prior to the opening of the fall trout season. 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. 16 at 5 a.m.

To take trout legally beginning Oct. 16, anglers 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.

Anglers are reminded to check the opening time of their favorite trout fishing location if they plan to go fishing on opening day. While regulations allow trout season to open at 5 a.m. on Oct. 16, not all locations are open that early.

For more information on the 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. Fishing licenses and trout stamps can also be purchased by using a credit card through DNR Direct via the internet at or by calling 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648).

For more information about site regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that will be stocked with catchable-size trout. The 37 locations are:

For more information about site regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that will be stocked with catchable-size trout. IDNR will stock the following locations:

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 Eastern Illinois University, 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

Jefferson County: Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond, 618/547-3610

Johnson County: Ferne Clyffe State Park, 618/995-2411

Kankakee County: Bird Park Quarry in Kankakee, 815/939-1311

Kendall County: Big Lake at Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area, 630/553-6297

Lake County: Banana Lake - Lake County Forest Preserve, 815/675-2319

Lake County: Sand Lake at Illinois Beach State Park, 847/662-4828

Macon County: Rock Springs Pond - Macon County Conservation District, 217/423-7708

Macoupin County: Beaver Dam Lake, 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, 618/524-4712

McDonough County: Argyle Lake at Argyle Lake State Park, 309/776-3422

Randolph County: Randolph County State Fish and Wildlife Area Lake, 618/826-2706

Randolph County: Derby Lake at World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, 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 State Fish and Wildlife Area, 618/785-2555

Saline County: Jones Lake Trout Pond at Saline County State Fish and Wildlife Area, 618/276-4405

Sangamon County: IDOT Lake in Springfield, 309/543-3316

Sangamon County: Washington Park Pond in Springfield, 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 State Fish and Wildlife Area, 618/835-2292

Whiteside County: Coleta Trout Pond just west of Coleta, 815/454-2759