Spring trout season opens tomorrow.
I understand it is one of the most popular events in Illinois fishing.
But our family won't be doing it. Last fall, a guy offered to change my mind and maybe I will take him up on it again some time.
Here's why I don't go for spring trout.
The last time our family went spring trout fishing, we only had two kids and the second boy was a baby. And we lived on the North Side.
That baby is now 12. And the two kids who came after him have never participated in catchable trout.
I was so revolted by the conduct of the adults at the Cook County forest preserve lakes that I just stopped going. Trout season should be for kids (I understand the money comes from the inland trout stamp for adults). It wasn't just the poaching, but the adults hogging the spots to access the schooled up trout bugged me even more.
In my view, it makes more sense to take my kids bluegill fishing in a pond or perch fishing when they are in at Navy Pier.
That's my take.
Either way, here is the IDNR release on trout season. DuPage residents should know a couple other lakes are also stocked, not just the ones on the IDNR list.
2009 Spring Trout Season Opens April 4 Rainbow Trout Stocked at 43 Locations in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, IL -The 2009 spring trout fishing season in Illinois will begin at 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller announced today.
"The first Saturday in April is always a big day for families to go fishing in Illinois thanks to the opener of the spring trout season," Miller said. "Getting children outdoors to experience the fun of fishing is one of the many benefits of our catchable trout program. Anglers of all ages can join in the fun as we stock trout at 43 locations throughout the state."
The IDNR stocks more than 60,000 rainbow trout each spring in bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted during the spring season. The Illinois catchable trout program is made possible through the sale of inland trout stamps to those anglers who participate.
Inland trout stamps are available for $6.50 each at DNR Direct license and permit vendors, IDNR offices in Springfield, Chicago, Sterling, Bartlett, Clinton, Alton, and Benton. They may also be purchased with a credit card through the IDNR web site at http://dnr.state.il.us or by phone at 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648).
To legally participate in the trout fishing program, anglers must have a valid Illinois fishing license and an inland trout stamp. The annual fishing licenses for the 2009 season is valid through March 31, 2010. Anglers may also purchase a 24-hour Illinois fishing license, which includes trout fishing privileges for the 24-hour period the license is valid. A license is required for fishing in Illinois unless the angler is otherwise exempt (under age 16, blind or disabled, or is an Illinois resident on active military service who is home on leave).
Anglers may not take trout from any of the stocked sites from March 15 to the opening of the season on April 4 at 5 a.m. Anyone attempting to take trout before the legal opening will be issued citations. During the spring trout season, the daily possession limit for trout is five fish.
Anglers are reminded to check in advance for any site-specific regulations and the opening time of their favorite trout fishing location. While the statewide spring trout season opens at 5 a.m. on April 4, some locations may have a later opening time.
For more information about the trout stocking program check the web site at www.ifishillinois.org.
Stocked sites (by county) for the spring catchable trout program:
Adams County: Siloam Springs State Park Lake.
Boone County: Mill Race Ponds in Belvidere.
Bureau County: Hennepin Canal Parkway.
Cass County: Gurney Road Pond at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area.
Champaign County: Lake of the Woods.
Christian County: Manners Park Pond, Taylorville Park District
Cook County: Axehead Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District.
Cook County: Belleau Lake, Cook County Forest Preserve District.
Cook County: Sag Quarry East, Cook County Forest Preserve District.
Coles County: Eastern Illinois University Campus Pond in Charleston.
DuPage County: Silver Lake, DuPage County Forest Preserve District.
Grundy County: Gebhard Woods State Park Pond.
Jefferson County: Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond.
Jo Daviess County: Apple River and tributaries.
Johnson County: Ferne Clyffe State Park Lake.
Kankakee County: Bird Park Quarry in Kankakee.
Kankakee County: Rock Creek (Kankakee River State Park).
Kendall County: Big Lake at Silver Springs State Park.
Lake County: Banana Lake, Lake County Forest Preserve District.
Lake County: Sand Lake at Illinois Beach State Park.
LaSalle County: Illinois and Michigan Canal at Utica
Macon County: Sportsman's Club Pond, Macon County Conservation District
Marion County: Boston Pond at Stephen A. Forbes State Park.
Massac County: Fairgrounds Pond in Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis.
McLean County: Miller Park Lake in Bloomington.
McHenry County: Lake Atwood, Hollows Conservation Area, McHenry County Conservation District.
McHenry County: Piscasaw Creek.
Moultrie County: Wyman Lake in Sullivan.
Ogle County: Pine Creek in White Pines State Forest.
Randolph County: Derby Lake at World Shooting and Recreational Complex, Sparta
St. Clair County: Frank Holten State Park main lake.
St. Clair County: Jones Park Lake in East St. Louis.
Sangamon County: Illinois Department of Transportation Lake in Springfield.
Sangamon County: Washington Park Pond in Springfield.
Shelby County: Forest Park Lagoon in Shelbyville.
Stephenson County: Waddams Creek (Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park).
Stephenson County: Yellow Creek in Krape Park, Freeport.
Vermilion County: Clear Lake at Kickapoo State Park.
Wabash County: Beall Woods Lake, Beall Woods State Park
Wayne County: Sam Dale Conservation Area Trout Pond.
Whiteside County: Coleta Trout Ponds.
Will County: Lake Milliken at Des Plaines Conservation Area.
Winnebago County: Kent Creek in Page Park, Rockford.