The 2020 Illinois Spring Trout Fishing Season is set to open on Saturday, April 4th. Trout can be caught in 56 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the State of Illinois. There will be a catch and release trial period that will open March 21st. While you can’t keep the fish, it does give you a good opportunity to get out there and find some good spots. Trout may be kept after the regular season begins on April 4th.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) stocks more than 80,000 rainbow trout each year in bodies of water where trout fishing is allowed. Another 80,000 will be added in the fall. If you want to fish you must have a fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp. The daily limit for fish caught is 5.
Normally, Manners Park Pond in Taylorville is stocked but it will not be stocked this year as the park is still working on-site maintenance. There are plenty of other places in the area that you can go to, including Sportsman’s Club Pond from the Macon County Conservation District, Wyman Lake in Sullivan, Southwind Park, IDOT Lake, and Washington Park Pond in Springfield, and Forest Park Lagoon in Shelbyville.
Fishing licenses and Trout Stamps are available now at DNR Direct license and permit locations. You can find a place that will sell you a license by visiting the IDNR website or calling 1-888-6PERMIT or 1-888-673-7648.
For more information on individual locations and their opening times, contact the individual sites. For a full list of all 56 lakes, visit the IDNR website.