The spring trout fishing season in Illinois begins at 5 a.m. April 5, 2008. Each year the state stocks more than 60,000 rainbow trout in bodies of water where spring trout fishing is permitted, including the Hennepin Canal Parkway in Bureau County, Pine Creek in White Pines State Forest in Ogle County, and the Coleta trout ponds in Whiteside County.
Anglers 16 and over must have a valid Illinois fishing license and an inland trout stamp. The annual fishing licenses for the 2008 season are valid through March 31, 2009.
For more information about the trout-stocking program, call the Division of Fisheries at (217) 782-6424, or visit www.ifishillinois.org on the Web.