The 2019 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season opens on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 57 ponds, lakes and streams throughout the state, include three local parks: Fort Massac State Park's Fairgrounds Pond in Massac County, Ferne Clyffe State Park Lake in Johnson County and Jones State Lake Pond in Saline County.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has added one new site for fall trout fishing in 2019, maintaining the stocking of rainbow trout to 67,000 fish in the fall season.
No trout may be taken from any of the stocked sites from Oct. 1 until the fall trout season opens at 5 a.m. on Oct. 19. Anyone attempting to take trout before the legal harvest season opening will be issued citations.
All anglers -- including those using fly fishing gear who intend to release fish caught before Oct. 19 -- must have a valid 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.
Illinois fishing licenses and Inland Trout Stamps are available at IDNR Direct license and permit locations, including many bait shops, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets.
For a location, check the IDNR website at this link: http://dnr.illinois.gov/DNRDirectMonitor/VendorListing.aspx
Fishing licenses and trout stamps can also be purchased by using a credit card through IDNR Direct online via the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov.
Not all fall trout sites open at 5 a.m. on opening day. Anglers are reminded to check the opening time of their favorite trout fishing location prior to the season.
For more information about all site regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that will be stocked with catchable-size trout.
The Illinois catchable trout program is funded by those who use the program through the sale of Inland Trout Stamps and through the Illinois Fish Management Fund.