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Forest Preserves of Cook County Prepares for Spring 2018 Trout Fishing Season

Mar 15, 2018

More than 4,000 pounds of fish will be added to fishing lakes


The Forest Preserves of Cook County is pleased to announce the 2018 spring inland trout fishing season, opening on Saturday, Apr. 7, at Axehead Lake (Park Ridge), Belleau Lake (Park Ridge), Sag Quarry East (Lemont), Horsetail Lake (Palos Park) and Green Lake (Calumet City).


The Forest Preserves will be purchasing and stocking approximately 500 pounds of rainbow trout for Sag Quarry East; 1,250 pounds for Axehead Lake; and 1,250 pounds for Belleau Lake; while the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be purchasing and stocking 700 pounds for Green Lake; and 600 pounds for Horsetail Lake. These are catchable sized rainbow trout, in the 1/2 – 1 lb. size range.


The Forest Preserves’ trout lakes will be closed to all fishing from Monday, Apr. 2, until sunrise on Saturday, Apr. 7, allowing the trout to disperse throughout the lakes prior to opening. As part of the IDNR’s stocking program, fishing for and possession of any trout is illegal from Mar. 15 until 5 a.m. on Saturday, Apr. 7.


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.


For a list of all of the 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 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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