Site-Specific Sportfishing Regulations

When engaging in sportfishing across various water bodies, understanding the specific regulations for each site is crucial. These rules encompass permissible species, which may include fish, amphibians like bullfrogs, or reptiles such as the common snapping turtle. They detail acceptable fishing methods, daily harvest limits, and point to unique regulations for individual water areas through corresponding numbered definitions.

Navigating Regulations

It's imperative to regularly check on-site bulletin boards for any emergent changes. While the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) aims to maintain open fishing opportunities, they are bound to implement restrictions when necessary to preserve the quality of fishing or protect fisheries resources. The increasing influx of anglers and advancement in fishing technology necessitates these measures, especially in Illinois's waters where fishing pressure is significantly high.

Strategies for Sustainable Fishing

To manage the intense fishing pressure, fisheries managers conduct thorough studies on fish populations and angler harvest patterns to identify and address potential overharvest issues. Implementing special regulations becomes essential in maintaining or improving the structural and population health of fish species.

Understanding Harvest Restrictions

Key restrictions include:

  • Minimum Length Limit: Mandates release of fish below a certain length.
  • Protected Slot Length Limit: Requires immediate release of fish within a specified length range.
  • Daily Harvest Limit: Sets a cap on the number of fish that can be taken daily, applicable to single or multiple species.
  • Two Pole and Line Fishing Only: Limits the angler to use no more than two poles and restricts the number of hooks or lures per line. Certain devices are allowed for bait collection, and specific methods are permissible for bullfrog hunting during its season.
  • General Sport Fishing Devices: Without the two-pole restriction, up to 50 hooks across all devices can be legally used, with each device over two requiring identification tags.

Closed Seasons and Specific Area Regulations

Closed seasons are specified for certain fish like the rainbow trout to ensure equal harvesting opportunities for all. It's vital to understand that site-specific regulations are determined by the extent of the water area mentioned, not merely by the county, accommodating for the expansive nature of larger rivers or streams.

Fishing Limits:

Statewide Sportfishing Regulations are enforced in addition to each area’s Site Specific Regulations

WATER AREA OWNERSHIP COUNTY FISH SPECIES REGULATION / HARVEST LIMIT
Altamont Reservoir City of Altamont Effingham Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Anderson Lake Fish and Wildlife Area State of Illinois Fulton Recreational Use Restrictions (33)
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 12 inch Minimum Length limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Andover Lake City of Andover Henry All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Anna City Lake City of Anna Union All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish . . . . . . . 8 inch Minimum Length Limit
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Apple River (within Apple River Canyon State Park and Satellite Boundaries) State of Illinois Jo Daviess All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Catch and Release Fishing Only (9)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season; Catch and
Release Fishing is permitted (9) (11)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season; Catch and
Release Fishing is permitted (9) (11)
Argyle Lake Argyle Lake State Park McDonough All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Hybrid Walleye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . Protected Slot Length Limit; 14-18 inches
Pure Muskellunge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 inch Minimum Length Limit
Recreational Use Restrictions . . . . All live bait greater than 8 inch must be
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with no more than 10 Fish greater than or equal to 10 inches
Arrowhead Heights Lake Village of Camp Point Adams Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Arrowhead Lake City of Johnston City Williamson Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . Protected Slot Length Limit with one Fish greater than or equal to 15 inches and/or 2 fish less than 12 inches Daily (31)
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Ashland City Old Reservoir City of Ashland Morgan All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Ashland City Reservoir City of Ashland Morgan All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Auburn Park Lagoon Chicago Park District Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Axehead Lake Cook County Forest Preserve Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (36)
Bluegill, Redear, or Pumpkinseed Sunfish (14) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Bakers Lake City of Peru LaSalle Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Baldwin Lake Baldwin Lake Conservation Area Randolph Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (5)
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 inch Minimum Length Limit
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass (16) . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie . . . . 9 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Banana Lake Lake County Forest Preserve District Lake Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Banner Marsh Lake & Ponds Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area (33) Peoria/Fulton Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . Protected Slot Length Limit; 12-18 inches
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Pure Muskellunge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 inch Minimum Length Limit
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (33)
Recreational Use Restrictions . . . . All live bait greater than 8 inches must be rigged with a quick set rig (43)
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with no more than10 Fish greater than or equal to 10 inches
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (34)
Batchtown Wildlife Management Area State of Illinois Calhoun Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (19)
Baumann Park Lake City of Cherry Valley Winnebago Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Beall Woods Lake Beall Woods Conservation Area Wabash All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Beaver Dam Lake Beaver Dam State Park Macoupin Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie . . . . 9 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Beck Lake Cook County Forest Preserve District Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (36)
Bluegill, Redear, or Pumpkinseed Sunfish (14) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye. . . . . . . . . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Belk Park Pond City of Wood River Madison All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Belleau Lake Cook County Forest Preserve District Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (36)
Bluegill, Redear, or Pumpkinseed Sunfish (14) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Belvidere Ponds City of Belvidere Boone Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Bevier Lagoon Waukegan Park District Lake All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Bird Park Quarry City of Kankakee Kankakee Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Blandinsville North and South Ponds Village of Blandinsville McDonough All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 1 Fish greater than or equal to 15 inches and/or 2 Fish less than 12 inches (31) 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Bloomington Park District Lakes (Anglers Lake, Holiday Lake, Miller Park White Oaks Lake) City of Bloomington McLean Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Blue Pond Boone County Boone Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (34)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Borah Lake City of Olney Richland All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish . . . . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Boston Pond Stephen A. Forbes State Park Marion Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Bowen Lake City of Washington Tazewell Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . Protected Slot Length Limit with no possession of fish less than 15 inches and
greater than or equal to 12 inches (3)
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (34)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Boyd-Wesley Park Pond Village of Towanda McLean Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Braidwood Lake, Braidwood State Fish and Wildlife Area (41) State of Illinois Will Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Braidwood Lake is closed to all fishing and boat traffic, except for legal water-fowl hunters, from 10 days prior to duck season through the day before duck season and is closed to all fishing during waterfowl season commencing with regular duck season through the close of the Canada goose and regular duck season.
Striped, White or Hybrid Striped Bass (16) . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest with no more than 3 fish greater than or equal to 17 inches (17)
Breese JC’s Park Pond City of Breese Clinton Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Brock Lake City of Mackinaw Tazwell Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit Channel Catfish 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) Protected Slot Length Limit with only 1
25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fish greater than or equal to 15 inches
and/or 2 Fish less than 12 inches (31)
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . Protected Slot Length Limit with only 1
Fish greater than or equal to 15 inches
and/or 2 Fish less than 12 inches (31)
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Buckner City Reservoir City of Buckner Franklin All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Buffalo Prairie Pheasant Habitat Area Lakes and Ponds (Buffalo Lake South, Buffalo Lake North, Buffalo Pond Northwest, Buffalo Wetland) State of Illinois Knox Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . Protected Slot Length Limit; 14-18 inches
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with no more than10 Fish greater than or equal to 10 inches
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Pure Muskellunge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harvestable Slot Length Limit; 36-42 inches, or 48 inch Minimum
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye. . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Bullfrog Lake Cook County Forest Preserve District Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (36)
Bluegill, Redear, or Pumpkinseed Sunfish (14) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Bunker Hill Lake City of Bunker Hill Macoupin All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (36)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Burning Star State Fish and Wildlife Area, All lakes and ponds State of Illinois Jackson All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (5)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . Protected Slot Length Limit with 1 Fish greater than or equal to 18 inches and 5 Fish less than 14 inches (38)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (all use other than waterfowl hunting prohibited from November 1 through last day in February.
Burrells Wood Park Pond State of Illinois White Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Busse Lake (including Busse Lake Spillway and Salt Creek downstream to Arlington Heights Road) Cook County Forest Preserve Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (36)
Bluegill, Redear, or Pumpkinseed Sunfish (14) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . All live bait greater than 8 inches must be rigged with a quick set rig (43)
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye. . . . . . . . . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Muskellunge . . . . . . . . . . . 42 inch Minimum Length Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Cache River State Natural Area State of Illinois Pulaski/Johnson All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (5)
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No Seines
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area; no fishing in Nature Preserves – Section 8 Woods, Heron Pond/Little Black Slough
Calhoun Point Wildlife Management Area State of Illinois Calhoun Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (19)
Calumet River State of Illinois Cook Yellow Perch (53) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Yellow Perch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Closed May 1 through June 15
Campbell Pond Wildlife Management Area State of Illinois Jackson Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (19)
Campus Lake – Southern Illinois University State of Illinois Jackson All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Campus Pond – Eastern Illinois University State of Illinois Coles All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Canton Lake City of Canton Fulton Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel or Blue Catfish (14) . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Pure Muskellunge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 inch Minimum Length Limit
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . All live bait greater than 8 inches must be rigged with a quick set rig (43)
Carbondale City Reservoir City of Carbondale Jackson All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Carlinville Lake #1 City of Carlinville Macoupin All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Carlinville Lake #2 City of Carlinville Macoupin All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Carlyle Lake U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Clinton/Bond/Fayette Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (20) (33)
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie . . . . . 10 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Carthage Lake City of Carthage Hancock All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Casey Park Pond City of Casey Clark Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit of which only 5 fish may be greater than or equal to 8 inches
Channel Catfish 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Cedar Lake and Little Cedar Lake U.S. Forest Service and City of Carbondale Jackson Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . Protected Slot Length Limit with 1 Fish greater than or equal to 18 inches and 5 Fish less than 14 inches (38)
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (5)
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 inch Minimum Length Limit
Striped, White or Hybrid Striped Bass (16) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Centennial Park Pond Coloma Township Whiteside Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Centralia Foundation Park Catfish Pond Centralia Park Foundation Marion All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Centralia Lake City of Centralia Marion Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Cermack Quarry Cook County Forest Preserve District Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (36)
Bluegill, Redear, or Pumpkinseed Sunfish (14) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Champaign Park District Lakes (Kaufman Lake, Heritage Lake, Mattis Lake and Porter Lake) Champaign Park District Champaign Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Trout (Kaufman Lake) . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout (Kaufman Lake) . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Charleston Lower Channel Lake City of Charleston Coles All Fish. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (5) (36)
Charleston Side Channel Lake City of Charleston Coles All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (5)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 inch Minimum Length Limit
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass (16) . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit for Fish less
Charlie Brown Lake & Pond City of Flora Clay All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Charter Oak North – Peoria Park District Lake Peoria Park District Peoria Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Charter Oak South – Peoria Park District Pond Peoria Park District Peoria Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Chautauqua Lake North and South Pools U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mason Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 12 inch Minimum Length Limit
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Lake Chautauqua North and South Pools will be closed to boat fishing from October 6 through January 31. Bank fishing will be allowed in selected areas only. Ice fishing will be allowed following the February 1 reopening.
Chenoa City Lake City of Chenoa McLean All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Chicago River (including its North Branch, South Branch, and the North Shore Channel) State of Illinois Cook Yellow Perch (53) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Yellow Perch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Closed May 1 through June 15
Chillicothe Park District City of Chillicothe Peoria All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Christopher Old City Lake City of Christopher Franklin Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Citizen’s Lake City of Monmouth Warren Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . Protected Slot Length Limit with 1 Fish greater than or equal to 15 inches and/or 5 less than 12 inches Daily (31)
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Clear Lake Kickapoo State Park Vermilion All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish greater than or equal to 15 inches
and/or 2 Fish less than 15 inches
3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit (25)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Clinton Lake Clinton Lake State Recreation Area DeWitt Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 16 inch Minimum Length Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (2) (18) (36)
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass (16) . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit, with no more
than 3 Fish greater than or equal to 17
inches (17)
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie 9 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Walleye 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Walleye 18 inch Minimum Length Limit
Blue or Channel Catfish 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit, singly or in the aggregate
Coal Miner’s Park Pond City of Sring Valley LaSalle Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Coffeen Lake Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area Montgomery Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . All jugs must be attended at all times while fishing (2)
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie 10 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Coffeen Upland Management Pond Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area Montgomery All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish . . . . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit (14)
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Coles County Airport Lake Coles County Airport Coles Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . Protected Slot Length Limit with only 1 Lake Fish greater than or equal to 18 inches and 2 Fish less than 14 inches 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit (50)
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Columbus Park Lagoon Chicago Park District Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Commissioners Park Pond Alsip Park District Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Conservation World Ponds Illinois State Fairgrounds Sangamon Fishing by special permit only for senior groups, children’s groups or group guests of the Director. Apply for permit by writing to: Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fisheries, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield IL 62702
Cook Co. Forest Preserve District Lakes Cook County Forest Preserve District Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (36)
Bluegill, Redear, or Pumpkinseed Sunfish (14) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye. . . . . . . . . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Coulterville City Lake City of Coulterville Randolph All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge – Crab Orchard Lake U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Williamson Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 16 inch Minimum Length Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (4)
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge – Devil’s Kitchen Lake U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Williamson All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish . . . . . . . 8 inch Minimum Length Limit
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge – Little Grassy Lake U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Williamson All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (5)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . Protected Slot Length Limit; 12-15
inches (3)
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge – Visitors Pond U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Williamson Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Restricted Use Area Ponds (30), except Visitor Pond, and Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge – All Other Ponds U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Williamson Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 16 inch Minimum Length Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Crawford County State Fish and Wildlife Area – Picnic Pond Crawford County State Fish and Wildlife Area Crawford All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Crawford County State Fish and Wildlife Area Ponds Crawford County State Fish and Wildlife Area Crawford All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Crull Impoundment Wildlife Management Area State of Illinois Jersey Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (33)
Crystal Lake Urbana Park District Champaign All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge – All Ponds U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Johnson/Pulaski/Union All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge – Cache River from Rt. 37 to Rt. 51 in Ullin U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Johnson/Pulaski/Union All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
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