2016 Illinois Spring Trout Fishing Season

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The 2016 Illinois spring trout fishing season opens on Saturday, April 2 at 50 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state.

Fly fishing anglers can use fly fishing gear to catch and release trout, beginning March 19 at nine select sites in the state. No trout may be kept during the fly fishing-only period, but anglers can keep trout after the opening of the regular season beginning April 2.

The IDNR stocks more than 80,000 rainbow trout each year in bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted during the spring season.

The 50 locations that will be open for spring trout season can be found at:


For more information, visit www.ifishillinois.org.