SPRINGFIELD – The 2023 Illinois spring trout fishing season will open April 1st at 58 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state. An early catch-and-release fishing season will open March 18. No trout may be kept during the catch-and-release fishing period. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources stocks more than 160,000 rainbow trout each year. The program receives funding through the sale of Inland Trout Stamps. Locally stocked bodies of water include Lake Mendota, the I&M Canal Lock 14 in LaSalle and the Hennepin Canal Parkway.
For more information on trout seasons and other Illinois fishing opportunities, check the website at www.ifishillinois.org.