Illinois fall trout fishing season opens in October

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Some Illinois residents are getting out their fishing poles, but not in Cook County.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced the 2020 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season opens Oct. 17 at more than 50 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state.

An early opportunity at select trout sites – the Fall Catch-and-Release Fishing Season – will open Oct. 3 at some locations.

No trout may be kept during the catch and release fishing period, but anglers can keep trout after the opening of the regular season beginning Oct. 17.

The Forest Preserves of Cook County has not made a final decision on opening for trout season, due to conditions related to COVID-19. Check the FPCC website for more information and check the IDNR website for exact fishing locations.

The Illinois catchable trout program is funded by those who use the program through the sale of Inland Trout Stamps and the Illinois Fish Management Fund.

All anglers — including those who intend to release fish caught before Oct. 17 — 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.