Site-Specific Sportfishing Regulations

Essential Regulations for Anglers

When embarking on a sportfishing adventure, anglers must acquaint themselves with the site-specific sportfishing regulations. These rules encompass a broad spectrum of concerns, including permissible species of fish, amphibians like bullfrogs, and reptiles such as the common snapping turtle. Each water area comes with its list of fishing methods and daily harvest limits, detailed with corresponding numbers for easier reference. In cases where a water area or species isn't explicitly mentioned, anglers are to follow statewide restrictions.

Staying Informed on Site Changes

Anglers are advised to check bulletin boards at fishing sites for any emergency amendments to the regulations. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) generally favors unrestricted fishing but may impose limits to sustain the quality of fishing or to safeguard the fisheries resources in certain water bodies. As more people take up fishing, using increasingly sophisticated methods, the impact on fisheries resources escalates, particularly noted in Illinois waters.

Adaptive Management Strategies

Fisheries managers play a critical role in balancing the ecosystem by monitoring fish populations and angler harvest characteristics. This helps in identifying potential overharvest scenarios. When deemed necessary, special regulations are introduced to restrict angler harvest, thereby enhancing the overall health and abundance of the fish population.

Decoding Special Regulations

  • Minimum Length Limit: Ensures the release of fish below a certain size immediately back to the water.
  • Protected Slot Length Limit: Mandates the immediate release of fish falling within a specific length range.
  • Daily Harvest Limit: Caps the number of fish that can be harvested in a day, applicable individually or in aggregate across species.
  • Two Pole and Line Fishing Only: Limits anglers to two poles, each with no more than two hooks or lures, alongside permitting certain bait collection methods.
  • Use of Various Fishing Devices: In unrestricted waters, a wide array of fishing devices are allowed under a sport fishing license, each with specific tag requirements for identification.

Seasonal Restrictions and Area Specificity

The concept of a closed season is crucial, particularly for species like rainbow trout, ensuring stock replenishment and fair access to fishing opportunities. Regulations are not just county-specific but are defined by the actual extent of the water area, with some regulations potentially extending beyond the listed counties.

Fishing Limits:

WATER AREA OWNERSHIP COUNTY FISH SPECIES REGULATION / HARVEST LIMIT
Lake Atwood McHenry County Conservation District McHenry 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
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Lake Bloomington City of Bloomington McLean All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
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 (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with no more than 5 Fish greater than
Walley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit
Walley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Lake Carlton Morrison-Rockwood State Park Whteside 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
Pure Muskellunge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 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) . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Carlton Silt Basin State of Illinois Whiteside Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . Catch and Release Fishing Only (9)
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 8 inch Minimum Length Limit
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Lake Chaminwood Will County Forest Preserve District Will 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)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with no more than 5 Fish greater than
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Lake Co. Forest Preserve District Lakes (except Independence Grove 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 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye . . . . . . . . . . 16 inch Minimum Length Limit
Lake Decatur, (including all boundaries within the City of Decatur) from the dam to the Sangamon Highway 25 (North Oakley Road) and the area west of Baltimore Ave. Does not include the tailwater City of Decatur Macon All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie . . . . 10 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Lake Depue Fish and Wildlife Area State of Illinois Bureau Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (33)
Lake Eureka City of Eureka Woodford Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit
1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Lake George Loud Thunder Forest Preserve Rock Island 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
Pure Muskellunge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 inch Minimum Length Limit
Recreational Use Restrictions . . . . All live bait greater than 8 inches must be rigged with a quick set rig (43)
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 inch Minimum Length Limit
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass (16) . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Lake Jacksonville City of Jacksonville Morgan All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (29)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 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
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass (16) . . . . . . . . . . . . 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 with no more than10 Fish greater than or equal to 10 inches
Lake Kakusha City of Mendota LaSalle 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 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Lake Le-Aqua-Na Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park Stephenson 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
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Lake Le-Aqua-Na Kids Only Fishing Pond Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park Stephenson Bluegill or Redear Sunfish and Their Hybrids . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Only kids under 16 years of age permitted to fish
Lake Lou Yaeger City of Litchfield Montgomery Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Lake Mattoon City of Mattoon Coles/Cumberland/Shelby 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
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with no more than 10 Fish greater than or equal to 10 inches
Lake Mendota City of Mendota LaSalle 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 . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Lake Michigan (Illinois Portion) (49) State of Illinois Lake/Cook Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . . All devices used for sport fishing on Lake Michigan must be attended at all times
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 21 inch Minimum Length Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Lake Whitefish and Round Whitefish . . . . . . . 12 Fish Daily Harvest Limit, singly or in the aggregate
Trout and Salmon. . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Fish Daily Harvest Limit, singly or in the aggregate, except for Lake Trout
Trout and Salmon. . . . . . . . . . . . 10 inch Minimum Length Limit
Lake Trout. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
YelloYellow Perch (53) . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Yellow Perch . . . . . . . . . . . Closed May 1 through June 15
Lake Milliken Des Plaines Conservation Area Will All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . Catch and Release Only
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Lake Mingo & Kennekuk Cove Park Ponds Vermilion County Conservation Area Vermilion All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (44)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 20 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with no more than 5 Fish greater than or equal to 8 inches
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . No more than 1 fish greater than or equal to 15 inches and 2 Fish less than 15 inches (25)
Pure Muskellunge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 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 . . . . 9 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Lake Murphysboro Lake Murphysboro State Park Jackson 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
Lake Nellie City of St. Elmo Fayette 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 . . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Lake of the Woods & Elk’s Pond Champaign County Forest Preserve 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) . . . No more than 5 fish greater than or equal to 7 inches; unlimited Daily Harvest Limit for Fish less than 7 inches
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . All live bait greater than 8 inches must be rigged with a quick set rig (43)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Lake Opeka Des Plaines Park Distric Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Bluegill, Pumpkinseed or Hybrid Sunfish . . . . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Lake Owen Hazel Crest Park District Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Lake Paradise City of Mattoon Coles 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
Lake Sara City of Effingham Effingham Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . Protected Slot Length Limit; 15-18 inches 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Lake Shelbyville (21) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Moultrie/Shelby Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Pure Muskellunge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 inch Minimum Length Limit (40)
Recreational Use Restrictions . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (During the regular waterfowl season, no bank or boat fishing shall be permitted on the Kaskaskia River from the Strickland Boat Access north to the Illinois Central Railroad Bridge from one half hour before sunrise to 1 p.m.) All live bait greater than 8 inches must be rigged with a quick set rig (43)
Striped Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 inch Minimum Length Limit 2 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with only 5 Crappie (15) Fish less than10 inches and 10 Fish
greater than or equal to 10 inches permitted
Lake Shelbyville Project Ponds (except Woods Lake), and Lake Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area Ponds U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Moultrie/Shelby 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
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (33)
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with only 5 Fish less than 10 inches and 10 Fishgreater than or equal to 10 inches
Lake Shermerville Northbrook Park District Cook 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
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Lake Sinnissippi State of Illinois Whiteside Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (33)
Lake Springfield City of Springfield Sangamon All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie . . . . 10 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Lake Storey City of Galesburg Knox Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . Protected Slot Length Limit; 12-18 inches
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (5)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel or Blue Catfish (14) . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest 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)
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye (14) . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Lake Strini Village of Romeoville Will All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Lake Sule Flagg-Rochelle Park District Ogle 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Pure Muskellunge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 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) . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Lake Taylorville City of Taylorville Christian Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with no more than 10 Fish greater than or equal to 10 inches
Lake Vermilion Vermilion County Conservation District Vermilion All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (26) Conservation District (except that sport fishermen may harvest carp, carpsuckers, buffalo, gar, bowfin, and suckers by pitchfork, gigs, bow
and arrow or bow and arrow devices north of Boiling Springs Road, but not within 300 feet around wetland boardwalk
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit for Fish less than 10 inches; 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit for Fish greater than or equal to 10 inches (23)
Lake Victoria City of South Beloit 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
Lake Williamsville City of Williamsville Sangamon All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
LaSalle Lake LaSalle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area LaSalle 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)
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Waterfowl refuge or hunting area; site regulations apply
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass (16) . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Fish Harvest Limit with no more than 3 Fish greater than or equal to 17 inches Daily (17)
Levings Lake Rockford Park District 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
Lincoln Log Cabin Pond Lincoln Log Cabin Historical Site Coles 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
Lincoln Park North Lagoon Chicago Park District Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Closed to Fishing
Lincoln Park South Lagoon Chicago Park District Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Closed to Fishing
Lincoln Trail Lake Lincoln Trail State Park Clark Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . Protected Slot Length Limit with 1 Fish greater than or equal to 18 inches and 3 Fish less than 14 inches or all 4 Fish may be less than 14 inches
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 4 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Litchfield City Lake City of Litchfield Montgomery Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish greater than or equal to 15 inches and/or 2 Fish less than 15 inches (25) 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Little Casters Pond Boone County Conservation District Boone 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
Loami Reservoir City of Loami Sangamon 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
Mackinaw Ponds 1 & 2 Mackinaw State Fish and Wildlife Area Tazewell Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 5 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Macon County Conservation District Ponds (see also Rock Springs Pond and Rock Springs Bike Trail Pond) Macon County Conservation District Macon All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Maple Lake Cook County 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
Marine Heritage Lake Village of Marine 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
Marissa City Lake City of Marissa St. Clair All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Marquette Park Lagoon Chicago Park District Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Marshall County Conservation Area - Sparland Unit Marshall County Conservation Area Marshall Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (33)
Marshall County Conservation Area (Fishing Ditch) Marshall County Conservation Area Marshall All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (33)
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 12 inch Minimum Length Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Mascoutah Reservoir City of Mascoutah St. Clair 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
Matthiessen Lake Matthiessen State Park LaSalle 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 inch Minimum Length Limit
Mautino Fish and Wildlife Area Mautino Fish and Wildlife Area Bureau Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (34)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Mauvaise Terre/Morgan Lake City of Jacksonville Morgan All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Mazonia Lakes & Ponds (excluding Ponderosa Lake) Mazonia State Fish Area Grundy/Kankakee 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
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (33)
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
McCullom Lake City of McHenry McHenry Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (34)
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
McKinley Park Lagoon Chicago Park District Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
McLeansboro City Lakes City of McLeansboro Hamilton 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
Mechanicsburg Park Pond City of Mechanicsburg Sangamon 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
Meredosia Lake – Cass County Portion State of Illinois Cass Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Meandered waters only; All boat traffic County Portion is prohibited from operating on meandered waters (except non motorized boats may be used to assist in the retrieval of waterfowl shot from private land) from the period from one week
before waterfowl season opens until the season closes; hunting and/or any other activity is prohibited during the period from one week before waterfowl season opens until the season closes.
Meredosia Lake – Cass County Portion Only (meandered waters only) State of Illinois Cass Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (33)
Mermet State Lake Mermet Lake Conservation Area Massac All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (5)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 16 inch Minimum Length Limit
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (33)
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Middle Fork Forest Preserve Pond Champaign County Forest Preserve Champaign 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 . . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Middle Fork of the Vermilion River Kickapoo State Park and Middle Fork Fish and Wildlife Area Vermilion All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Mill Creek Lake Clark County Park District Clark Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 4 Fish less than 15 inches and 1 fish greater than or equal to 15 inches daily; 5 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest 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)
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit, of which only 2 fish can be 12 inch or longer
Mill Race Ponds Belvidere Park District Boone All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Miller Park Lake Bloomington Park District 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
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Mineral Springs Park Lagoon City of Pekin Tazewell All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Mississippi River (between IL & IA) State of Illinois Multiple All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sport fishermen must not use more than 2 poles and each pole must not have more than 2 hooks or lures while trolling.
Bluegill or Pumpkinseed Sunfish . . . . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit singly or in
aggregate
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 5 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Northern Pike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Paddlefish. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Snagging for paddlefish is permitted from one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset daily, March 1 through April 15 within a 500 yard downstream limit below locks and dams on the Mississippi River between Illinois and Iowa; daily harvest limit is 2 fish; the maximum length limit for paddlefish
taken from the Mississippi River between Illinois and Iowa is 33 inches eye fork length (all paddlefish greater than or equal to 33 inches eye to fork length must be immediately released back to the Mississippi River); no sorting allowed; once the daily limit of paddlefish has been reached, snagging must cease. Paddlefish may be released at the angler’s discretion once they are included in the daily limit.
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Any tagged sport fishing device may not be left unattended for more than 24 hours or must be completely removed. Maximum treble hook size is 5/0; gaffs may not be used to land paddlefish. Spring Lake in Carroll County is closed to fishing during the 7 days prior to the regular duck season and during the regular duck and Canada goose season except in areas posted as open to fishing.
Rock Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Striped, White, Yellow or Hybrid Striped Bass . . . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit singly or in the aggregate – statewide regulation limiting daily harvest to 3 fish greater than or equal to 17 inches is not in effect on the Mississippi River between Illinois and Iowa.
Walley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit with no possession of fish greater than or equal to 20 inches and less than 27 inches Protected Slot Length Limit (24)
Walleye and Sauger (14) . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with no more than 1 walleye greater than or equal to 27 inches in total length.
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit singly or in the aggregate
Yellow Perch. . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Mississippi River (between IL & MO) State of Illinois Multiple Channel or Blue Catfish (14) . . . . . . . . 20 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Flathead Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Largemouth, Smallmouth, or Spotted Bass . . . . . . . . 12 inch Minimum Length Limit
Largemouth, Smallmouth, or Spotted Bass . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Northern Pike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Paddlefish. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 inch Eye to Fork Minimum Length Limit
Paddlefish. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Snagging for paddlefish is permitted from September 15 though December 15 and March 15 through May 15 within a 300 yard downstream limit below locks and dams on the Mississippi River between Illinois and Missouri except for the Chain of Rocks low water dam at Chouteau Island, also known as Dam 27 at the Chain of Rocks (Madison County) where no snagging is permitted; daily harvest limit is 2 fish; sorting is permitted; every paddlefish greater than or equal to 24 inches in eye to fork length must be taken into immediate possession and included in the daily harvest limit; paddlefish less than 24 inches eye to fork length must be returned immediately to the water; once the daily limit of paddlefish has been reached, snagging must cease.
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . All Nongame Species Combined - 100 Total Fish Daily Harvest Limit (Excludes endangered and threatened species and the following game species: Crappie, Channel/Blue/Flathead Catfish, Rock Bass, Warmouth, White/Yellow/Striped/Hybrid Striped Bass, Trout, Largemouth/Smallmouth/Spotted Bass, Muskellunge, Northern Pike, Chain/Grass Pickerel, Walleye, Sauger, Paddlefish)
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (Boating prohibited on refuge area (Ellis Bay) immediately upstream of Melvin Price Lock and Dam 26 overflow dike from October 15 - April 15. Any tagged sport fishing device may not be left unattended for more than 24 hours or must be completely removed.)
Striped, White, Yellow or Hybrid Striped Bass (16) . . . . . 30 Fish Daily Harvest Limit singly or in the aggregate – statewide regulation limiting daily harvest to 3 fish greater than or equal to 17 inches is not in effect on the Mississippi River between Illinois and Missouri.
Walleye and Sauger (14) . . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Walleye and Sauger. . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 30 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Mississippi River Pools 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 24 State of Illinois Multiple Recreational Use Restrictions Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (33) Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (33)
Mississippi River Pools 25 and 26 State of Illinois Multiple Recreational Use Restrictions Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (19) Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (19)
Monee Reservoir Will County Forest Preserve District Will 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
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Montrose Lake City of Montrose Cumberland 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
Bluegill and Redear Sunfish . . . . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit, singly or in the aggregate
Morgan Lake City of Jacksonville Morgan Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season; Catch and Release Fishing is permitted (9) (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season; Catch and Release Fishing is permitted (9) (11)
Mt. Olive City Lakes (Old and New) City of Mt. Olive 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
Mt. Pulaski Park District Lake Mt. Pulaski Park District Logan All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Mt. Sterling Lake City of Mt. Sterling Brown Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . Protected Slot Length Limit with no possession of Fish less than 15 inches and greater than or equal to 12 inches (3)
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Mt. Vernon City Park Lake City of Mt. Vernon Jefferson 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
Mt. Vernon Game Farm Pond Mt. Vernon Game Farm Jefferson All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Mundelein Park District Ponds 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 or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Nashville City Lake City of Nashville Washington Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Newton Lake (41) (33) Newton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area Jasper 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)
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . The cold water arm of Newton Lake shall be closed daily from one half hour before sunrise until 1:00 p.m. to all fishing and boat traffic except for legal waterfowl hunters during waterfowl season commencing with regular duck season through the close of the Canada goose and regular duck season; fishing tournaments prohibited from June 1 through August 31.
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Lake closed to fishing during firearm deer seasons.
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie . . . . 10 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Norris City Reservoir City of Norris City White 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
Oakland City Lake City of Oakland Coles 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
Oblong Lake City of Oblong Crawford 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
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Ohio River – Smithland Pool Tributary Streams (in Pope/Hardin/Gallatin Counties, excluding Wabash River and Saline River Above Route 1 Bridge) State of Illinois Multiple Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 12 inch Minimum Length Limit
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area
Ohio River (between Illinois & Kentucky) State of Illinois Multiple Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 12 inch Minimum Length Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Muskie or Tiger Muskie . . . . . . . . . 36 inch Minimum Length Limit
Muskie or Tiger Muskie . . . . . . . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Northern Pike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No Minimum Length Limit
Northern Pike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Striped, White, Yellow or Hybrid Striped Bass. . . . . . . . . . . 30 Fish Daily Harvest Limit singly or in the aggregate, of which no more than 4 Fish may be greater than or equal to 15 inches (32)
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye (14) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 30 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Ohio River (between Illinois & Kentucky) and Wabash River (between Illinois and Indiana) State of Illinois Multiple Blue Catfish and Flathead Catfish. . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit for Fish greater than or equal to 35 inches
Blue Catfish and Flathead Catfish. . . No Daily Harvest Limit for Fish greater than or equal to 13 inches and less than 35 inches
Blue Catfish and Flathead Catfish. . . No harvest less than 13 inches
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit for Fish greater than or equal to 28 inches
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No Daily Harvest Limit for Fish greater than or equal to 13 inches and less than 28 inches
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No harvest less than 13 inches
Old Kinmundy Reservoir City of Kinmundy Marion 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
Olson Lake Rock Cut State Park 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
Omaha City Reservoir City of Omaha Gallatin 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
Omaha Township Reservoir City of Omaha Gallatin 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
Otter Lake Otter Lake Water Commission Macoupin 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
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)
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass (16) . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit, singly or in the aggregate, of which no more than 3 fish may be greater than or equal to 17 inches (17)

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