Understanding Site-Specific Sportfishing Regulations

For anglers navigating various water bodies, site-specific sportfishing regulations are essential to understand. These regulations cover permitted species—ranging from fish to amphibians like bullfrogs, and reptiles such as the common snapping turtle. They also detail acceptable fishing methods, daily harvest limits, and provide numbered definitions for specific water area regulations. If a water area or species isn't listed, statewide restrictions apply.

Regular Updates and Department Preferences

Anglers should regularly check on-site bulletin boards for any sudden amendments to regulations. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) strives to offer liberal fishing opportunities, imposing limitations only to ensure the sustainability of fishing quality and protection of fisheries resources. This approach is crucial as the growing popularity of fishing and advancements in technology intensify the pressure on fisheries.

Strategies for Sustainable Fisheries

Fisheries managers analyze fish populations and angling patterns to prevent potential overharvesting. When necessary, special regulations might be employed to sustain or enhance fish population structure and abundance.

Key Fishing Regulations

  • Minimum Length Limit: Fish below a certain length must be immediately released.
  • Protected Slot Length Limit: Fish within a designated length range must be immediately released.
  • Daily Harvest Limit: Specifies the maximum number of fish that can be harvested daily. This limit may apply to one or several species cumulatively.
  • Two Pole and Line Fishing Only: Restricts anglers to using no more than two poles and regulates the number of hooks or lures per line. Various methods and tools are permitted for bait collection and bullfrog harvesting during its season.
  • General Sport Fishing Devices: Without two-pole restrictions, up to 50 hooks on different devices may be used, with each additional device requiring proper identification.

Special Periods and Geographic Specificity

A closed season prohibits fishing during specified periods to ensure fish stock and equitable harvesting opportunities. Site-specific regulations are detailed for each affected water area and are determined by the water's extent rather than county boundaries. In cases of large rivers or streams, the term "Multiple" is used to denote the extensive geographic coverage.

Fishing Limits

WATER AREA OWNERSHIP COUNTY FISH SPECIES REGULATION / HARVEST LIMIT
Dawson Lake & Park Ponds Moraine View State Park McLean Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . No more than 1 fish greater than or equal to 15 inches and 2 Fish less than 15 inches (25)
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit (25)
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (44)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 20 Fish Daily Harvest Limit, singly or in the aggregate, with no more than 5 Fish greater than or equal to 8 inches
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye. . . . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit with no more than 1 Fish greater than or equal to 20 inches; 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Decatur Park District Ponds (see Fairview Park and Sportsman’s Club Pond) Decatur Park District Macon All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Defiance Lake Moraine Hills State Park McHenry 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 . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Des Plaines River Basin (former Hoffman Dam site to 47th Street Bridge, including tributaries) State of Illinois Cook Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . Catch and Release Only (9)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Northern Pike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Northern Pike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 inch Minimum Length Limit
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye . . . . . . . . . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye (14) . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Diamond Lake City of Mundelein Lake 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
Dieterich Park Pond City of Dieterich Effingham 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. . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Dolan Lake Hamilton County Conservation Area Hamilton 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) . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with only 10 Fish greater than or equal to 10 inches
Dongola City Lake City of Dongola Union Largemouth Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit
Largemouth Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Donnelley State Wildlife Area State of Illinois Bureau Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (33)
Double “T” State Fish and Wildlife Area State of Illinois Fulton Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 21 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) . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel or Blue Catfish . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Pure Muskellunge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 inch Minimum Length Limit
Recreational Use Restrictions . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (all use other than waterfowl hunting is prohibited from October 1 through the end of the central zone Canada goose season) All live bait greater than 8 inches must be rigged with a quick set rig (43)
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie . . . . . 10 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Douglas Park Lagoon Chicago Park District Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
DuPage County Forest Preserve District Lakes and Ponds Forest Preserve District of DuPage County DuPage All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 inch Minimum Length Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . Protected Slot Length Limit with 1 Fish greater than or equal to 18 inches and 3 Fish less than 14 inches
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 4 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Pure Muskellunge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 inch Minimum Length Limit
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye . . . . . . . . . . 16 inch Minimum Length Limit
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye (14) . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Yellow Perch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 inch Minimum Length Limit
Yellow Perch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
DuPage River – West Branch (between the former dam sites located in the McDowell Grove Forest Preserve and the Warrenville Grove Forest Preserve) DuPage County Forest Preserve District DuPage Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . Catch and Release Fishing Only (9)
DuQuoin City Lake City of DuQuoin Perry 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
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
DuQuoin State Fair Grounds – All Lakes and Ponds State of Illinois Perry 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 and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
East Fork Lake City of Olney Richland 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
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Ed Madigan State Park Pond State of Illinois Logan All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Eldon Hazlet State Park (See Also Carlyle Lake) State of Illinois Clinton Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area
Elliott Lake Wheaton Park District DuPage All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Embarras River Bottoms State Habitat Area State of Illinois Lawrence All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (5)
Emiquon Preserve – Thompson Lake The Nature Conservancy Fulton Large or 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)
Black, White, or Hybrid Crappie . . . 9 inch Minimum Length Limit
Black, White, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Bluegill, Redear, Pumpkinseed, Green, or Orangespotted Sunfish and Hybrid Sunfish (14) . . . . . . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye (14) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Evergreen Lake City of Bloomington McLean All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (5)
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Pure Muskellunge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 inch Minimum Length Limit
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . All live bait greater than 8 inches must be rigged with a quick set rig (43)
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with no more than 5 Fish greater than or equal to 10 inches
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye . . . . . . . . . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye (14) . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Fairgrounds Pond – Fort Massac State Park State of Illinois Massac Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Fairview Park – Dreamland Pond Decatur Park District Macon All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Ferne Clyffe Lake Ferne Clyffe State Park Johnson 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)
Flatfoot 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 and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Fletcher Park Pond City of Mt. Zion Macon 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) . . . 5 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Foli Park Pond Village of Plano Kendall All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Forbes State Lake (including Forbes State Lake tailwaters and that portion of Lost Fork Creek within Stephen A. Forbes State Park) Stephen A. Forbes State Park Marion All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . No Daily Harvest Limit with no more than 10 Fish greater than or equal to 8 inches
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 inch Minimum Length Limit
iped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass (16) . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (33)
Forbes State Park Ponds Stephen A. Forbes State Park Marion All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (5)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Forest Park Lagoon City of Shelbyville Shelby 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)
Forest Preserve District of Kane County All Lakes and Ponds Forest Preserve District of Kane County Kane Largelmouth Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Protected Slot Length Limit with 1 Fish greater than or equal to 18 inches and 3 Fish less than 14 inches
4 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Bluegill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 inch Minimum Length Limit
Northern Pike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Four Lakes Winnebago County Forest Preserve Winnebago Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 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 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Fox Chain O’Lakes (including the Fox River south of the Wisconsin-Illinois boundary to the Algonquin Dam and the Nippersink Creek upstream to the Wilmot Road Bridge) (6) (Applies to Grass Lake and Nippersink Lake State Managed Blind Areas Only) State of Illinois Lake and McHenry Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit of which no more than 3 can be Smallmouth Bass
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) only on State Park property bordering the the Fox River and Grass Lake
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit (6)
Pure Muskellunge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 inch Minimum Length Limit (40)
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . All live bait greater than 8 inches must be rigged with a quick set rig (43)
Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . All fish must be immediately released between April 1 and June 15
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye . . . . . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit with an 18-24 inch Protected Slot Length Limit (no possession) (6)
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye (14) . . . . . . . . . . 4 Fish Daily Harvest Limit of which only 1 can be greater than 24 inches (35)
Flathead Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fish greater than or equal to 28 inches and /or 2 Fish less than 28 Inches
Flathead Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Fox Ridge State Park (see also Hurricane Pond, Wilderness Pond and Ridge Lake) State of Illinois Coles Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area
Fox River, Algonquin Dam to confluence with the Illinois River, including tributaries State of Illinois Multiple Flathead Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fish greater than or equal to 28 inches to confluence with the and/or 2 Fish less than 28 inches Illinois River, including 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fish greater than or equal to 12 inches and 2 Fish less than 12 inches 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Fox River (at Moraine Hills State Park and Dam and on Bolger Lock and Dam Properties) State of Illinois McHenry All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) on Moraine Hills State Park and Dam property and on property at the Bolger Lock and Dam along the Fox River
Fox River Marina Lake County Forest Preserve Lake All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only; Bank Fishing Only (in areas designated by Lake County Forest Preserve District)
Fox Valley Park District Lakes and Ponds (except Jericho Lake and Lake Gregory) Fox Valley Park District Kane and DuPage 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
Frank Holten Lakes Frank Holten State Park St. Clair All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (5)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large and Smallmouth Bass . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Franklin Creek (within the boundaries of Franklin Creek State Natural Area) State of Illinois Lee All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Franklin Creek Mill Pond, Franklin Creek State Park State of Illinois Lee Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Fuller Lake State of Illinois Calhoun Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (19)
Fulton County Camping and Recreation Area Waters Fulton County Board Fulton 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
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . All live bait greater than 8 inches must be rigged with a quick set rig (43)
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
Pure Muskellunge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 inch Minimum Length Limit
Gages Lake Wildwood Park District Lake Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye . . . . . . . . . . 16 inch Minimum Length Limit
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye (14) . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Garfield Park Lagoon Chicago Park District Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Germantown Lake City of Germantown Clinton All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit
Giant City Park Ponds Giant City State Park Jackson and Union All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Largemouth and Spotted Bass . . . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Gillespie New City Lake City of Gillespie Macoupin Large or Smallmouth Bass (14). . . . 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)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Gillespie Old City Lake City of Gillespie Macoupin 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
Glades – 12 Mile Island Wildlife Management Area State of Illinois Jersey Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (19)
Gladstone Lake Henderson County Conservation Area Henderson Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish greater than or equal to 15 inches and/or 2 Fish less than 12 inches (31)
3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel or Blue Catfish (14) . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Pure Muskellunge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 inch Minimum Length Limit
Pure Muskellunge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Glen O Jones Lake Trout Pond Conservation Area Saline County Saline Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Glen O Jones State Lake Saline County Conservation Area Saline Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . Protected Slot Length Limit with only 1 Fish greater than or equal to 18 inchesand 5 fish less than 14 inches (38) 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Glen Oak Park Lagoon Peoria Park District Peoria All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Glen Shoals Lake City of Hillsboro Montgomery Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (5)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 15 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
Godar-Diamond/ Hurricane Island Wildlife Management Area State of Illinois Calhoun Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (19)
Gompers Park Lagoon Chicago Park District Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Gordon F. More Park Lake City of Alton Madison 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
Governor Bond Lake City of Greenville Bond Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . All jugs must be attended at all times while fishing (2)
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 15 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) . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Grayslake Park District (Grayslake and Park Ponds) City of Grayslake Lake 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
Green Lake Cook County Forest Preserve Cook Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Greenfield City Lake City of Greenfield Greene Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 1 Fish greater than or equal to 15 inches and/or 5 Fish less than 12 inches
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit (12)
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

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