Saturday, March 25, 2023

Trout Season is Almost Here

The spring inland trout-fishing season opens on Saturday, April 1 at Horsetail Lake in Palos Park, Sag Quarry-East in Lemont, Green Lake in Calumet City, Axehead Lake in Park Ridge and Belleau Lake in Park Ridge, according to an announcement by The Forest Preserves of Cook County.

Officials are stocking approximately 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout at Sag QuarryEast, 1,250 pounds at Axehead Lake and 1,250 pounds at Belleau Lake. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is stocking 700 pounds at Green Lake and 600 pounds at Horsetail Lake.
Stocking trout into a local lake.

These are catchable-sized rainbow trout, in the half-pound to full-pound range. As part of the IDNR’s stocking program, fishing for and possession of any trout is illegal from March 15 until 5 a.m. April 1.

In addition, the Forest Preserves’ trout lakes will be closed to all fishing from Monday, March 27, until sunrise on Saturday, April 1. The lake closings allow the trout to disperse throughout the lakes prior to opening.

Once the season opens, there is a five trout per day creel limit with no size restrictions. No more than two lines per person with no more than two hooks per line may be used.

A valid Illinois sport fishing license with an Inland Trout Stamp is required for anglers 16 years of age and older. An Illinois sport fishing license is not required for Illinois residents who are disabled and have a State of Illinois disabled ID card showing a Class 2 or 2A disability or a Veterans Disability Card, and Illinois residents who are on active military duty and are home on leave.

For a list of all lakes and waters open to public fishing within the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visit and download the Fishing Guide. The guide includes maps that show location and depth of each lake, as well as main fish species

For details, call the Forest Preserves’ Fisheries Section at (708) 403-6951.

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