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Fall 2017 Trout Fishing Season Opens Saturday, October 21

Sep 20, 2017

Forest Preserves trout fishing lakes will be closed for stocking October 16 – 20 


The Forest Preserves of Cook County is pleased to announce the 2017 fall inland trout fishing season at 6 locations – Busse Reservoir–North Pool (Elk Grove Village), Axehead Lake (Park Ridge), Belleau Lake (Park Ridge), Horsetail Lake (Palos Park), Green Lake (Calumet City) and new this fall, Sag Quarry East (Lemont).


As part of the IDNR’s stocking program, fishing for and possession of any trout is illegal from October 1 until 5 am on October 21. In addition, the Forest Preserve trout lakes will be closed to all fishing from Monday, October 16, until sunrise on Saturday, October 21. The lake closings allow for the stockings to take place, and for 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 I.D. 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.


The Forest Preserves will be purchasing and stocking approximately 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout for Horsetail Lake, while the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be providing and stocking 1,255 pounds for Axehead Lake; 1,000 pounds for Belleau Lake; 2,800 pounds for Busse Reservoir; 715 pounds for Green Lake; and 850 pounds for Sag Quarry East.  These are catchable sized rainbow trout, in the 1/2 –1 lb. size range.


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


The public can contact the Forest Preserves’ Fisheries Section at 708-403-6951 for further information.

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