Navigating Site-Specific Sportfishing Regulations

Introduction to Regulations

Anglers are presented with a comprehensive set of rules when they engage in sportfishing in various water bodies. These site-specific sportfishing regulations encompass a wide range of topics, including the permitted species - which can be fish, amphibians like bullfrogs, or reptiles such as common snapping turtles. Also included are the prescribed fishing methods and daily harvest limits for each water area, with corresponding numbered definitions for clarity. It's vital to note that in the absence of specific listings, statewide restrictions will apply.

Staying Informed

To keep abreast of any sudden regulatory changes, anglers are urged to regularly check bulletin boards at each fishing site. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) maintains a balance between offering free fishing opportunities and imposing necessary restrictions to ensure the sustainability of both the fishing experience and the aquatic resources.

Managing Fishing Pressure

With the rise in fishing activities and advancements in technology, there's a significant impact on fisheries resources. Fisheries managers tackle this by studying fish populations and angler harvest patterns, setting special regulations to prevent overharvest and maintain a healthy ecosystem.

Special Regulations

Understanding and adhering to special regulations is crucial:

  • Minimum Length Limit: Demands immediate release of undersized fish.
  • Protected Slot Length Limit: Requires prompt release of fish within a certain length range.
  • Daily Harvest Limit: Sets a maximum number of fish that can be harvested daily, applicable to one or multiple species.
  • Two Pole and Line Fishing Only: Restricts angling to two poles, each with limited hooks or lures, along with specific methods for bait collection and bullfrog harvesting.
  • Use of Various Devices: Without two-pole restrictions, a variety of devices can be used, subject to specific tagging and identification requirements.

Seasonal Restrictions and Area Specificity

Closed seasons are particularly important for managing fish populations, like rainbow trout, to ensure healthy stock levels and fair harvesting opportunities. Regulations are dictated by the water area's extent, not just by the county, and may extend beyond the listed counties in some cases.

Fishing Limits

WATER AREA OWNERSHIP COUNTY FISH SPECIES REGULATION / HARVEST LIMIT
Sag Quarry East Cook County Forest Preserve District Cook Bluegill, Redear, or Pumpkinseed Sunfish . . . . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Rainbow Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Sahara Woods Fish and Wildlife Area State of Illinois Saline 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
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Salem Reservoir City of Salem Marion 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
Sam Dale Lake Sam Dale Conservation Area Wayne 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
Pure Muskellunge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 inch Minimum Length Limit
Recreational Use Restrictions . . . . All live bait greater than 8 inches must be rigged with a quick set rig (43)
Sam Dale Trout Pond Sam Dale Conservation Area Wayne 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)
Sam Parr Lake Sam Parr State Park Jasper 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
Sand Lake Illinois Beach State Park Lake 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Sanganois Conservation Area (33) (42) State of Illinois Mason/Cass/ Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 12 inch Minimum Length Limit
Sangchris Lake Sangchris Lake State Park Christian/Sangamon Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (45)
Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Recreational Use Restrictions . . . . Posted waterfowl refuge closed to all boat traffic during waterfowl season. Bank fishing along the dam shall be permitted. Fishing shall be prohibited in the east and west arms of the lake during the period from 10 days prior to the duck season through the end of the duck season. Fishing shall be prohibited in the west arm of the lake and the east arm of the lake south of the power lines during that portion of the Canada goose season that follows the duck season (41).
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie . . . . 10 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Schiller Pond Cook County Forest Preserve District Franklin All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill, Redear, or Pumpkinseed Sunfish . . . . . . . 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
Schuy-Rush Lake City of Rushville Schuyler 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 with no more than10 Fish greater than or equal to 10 inches
Sesser City Lake City of Sesser Franklin 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)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Shabbona Lake Shabbona Lake State Park DeKalb Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (48)
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
Pure Muskellunge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 inch Minimum Length Limit (40)
Recreational Use Restrictions . . . . . All live bait greater than 8 inches must be rigged with a quick set rig (43) No sport fishing below dam to fence.
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 inch Minimum Length Limit
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass (16) . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye . . . . . . . . . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Shawnee National Forest – Bay Creek Lake #5 and #8 (Sugar Creek Lake) U.S. Forest Service Pope All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Largemouth, Smallmouth, or Spotted Bass . . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Shawnee National Forest – Dutchman Lake U.S. Forest Service Johnson All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Largemouth, Smallmouth, or Spotted Bass . . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Shawnee National Forest – Lake Glendale U.S. Forest Service Pope All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Largemouth, Smallmouth, or Spotted Bass . . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Shawnee National Forest – Little Cache #1 U.S. Forest Service Johnson All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Largemouth, Smallmouth, or Spotted Bass . . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Shawnee National Fores t– One Horse Gap Lake U.S. Forest Service Pope All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Largemouth, Smallmouth, or Spotted Bass . . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Shawnee National Forest – Pounds Hollow Lake U.S. Forest Service Gallatin All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Largemouth, Smallmouth, or Spotted Bass . . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Shawnee National Forest – Tecumseh Lake U.S. Forest Service Hardin All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Largemouth, Smallmouth, or Spotted Bass . . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Shawnee National Forest – Turkey Bayou U.S. Forest Service Jackson All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Largemouth, Smallmouth, or Spotted Bass . . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Shawnee National Forest – Whoopie Cat Lake U.S. Forest Service Hardin All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Largemouth, Smallmouth, or Spotted Bass . . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Shawnee National Forest Lakes and Ponds less than 10 acres U.S. Forest Service Multiple All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Largemouth, Smallmouth, or Spotted Bass . . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Sherman Park Lagoon Chicago Park District Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Siloam Springs Lake State Park Siloam Springs Adams Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . Protected Slot Length Limit with no possession of fish less than 15 inches or greater than or equal to 12 inches (3)
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (7)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season; Catch and Release Fishing is permitted (9) (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season; Catch and Release Fishing is permitted (9) (11)
Siloam Springs State Park Buckhorn Unit Waters Siloam Springs State Park Brown 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 and Redear Sunfish . . . . . . . 8 inch Minimum Length Limit
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Silver Lake City of Highland Madison Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Silver Springs S.P. (Big Lake) & Ponds Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area Kendall 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)
Skokie Lagoons (Including Skokie Lagoons Spillway and Skokie River downstream to Willow Road) Cook County Forest Preserve District Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
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
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye . . . . . . . . . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Snakeden Hollow State Fish and Wildlife Area – McMaster Lake & Other Site Waters State of Illinois Knox Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . Protected Slot Length Limit; 14-18 inches
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 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
Pure Muskellunge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harvest able Slot Length Limit; 36-42 inches, or 48 inch Minimum Length Limit (52) Protected Slot Length Limit; 42-48 inches
Pure Muskellunge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Recreational Use Restrictions . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (all use other than waterfowl hunting prohibited from 14 days prior to duck season 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)
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye (14) . . . . . . . . . . 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
Southwind Park Pond Springfield Park District Sangamon Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Sparta “T” Lake City of Sparta Randolph Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill and Redear Sunfish . . . . . . . 8 inch Minimum Length Limit
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 15 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 . . . . 9 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Sparta New City Reservoir (North) City of Sparta Randolph 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
Sparta New City Reservoir (South) City of Sparta Randolph All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Sparta World Shooting and Recreational Complex – Derby Lake State of Illinois Randolph 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) (5)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie . . . . 10 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Sparta World Shooting and Recreational Complex Lakes City of Sparta Randolph 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) (5)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 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
Sportsman’s Club Pond Decatur Park Distric Macon All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Spring Lake City of Macomb McDonough Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (5)
Channel Catfish 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
Pure Muskellunge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest 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) . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Walleye. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit
Walleye. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Spring Lakes (North & South) Spring Lake Conservation Area Tazewell 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 . . . . . . . Protected Slot Length Limit; 12-18 inches
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Pure Muskellunge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 inch Minimum Length Limit
Recreational Use Restrictions . . . . . All live bait greater than 8 inches must be rigged with a quick set rig (43)
Recreational Use Restrictions . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (33)
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with no more than10 Fish greater than or equal to 10 inches
Spring Grove Hatchery Pond City of Spring Grove McHenry Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Spring Pond Flagg-Rochelle Park District Ogle Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
Starved Rock State Park State of Illinois LaSalle Recreational Use Restrictions . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (33)
Staunton City Lake City of Staunton 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
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)
Sterling 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
Pure Muskellunge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 inch Minimum Length Limit
Recreational Use Restrictions . . . . . All live bait greater than 8 inches must be rigged with a quick set rig (43)
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye . . . . . . . . . . 16 inch Minimum Length Limit
Storm Lake DeKalb Park District DeKalb 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
Stump Lake Wildlife Management Area State of Illinois Jersey Recreational Use Restrictions . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (19)
Tampier Lake Cook County Forest Preserve District Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (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
Taylorville Park District Pond Taylorville Park District Christian All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Ten Mile Creek Lakes Ten Mile Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area Hamilton/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
Recreational Use Restrictions . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area
(Areas designated as waterfowl rest
areas are closed to all access during
the Canada goose season only)
Three Oaks North Lake City of Crystal Lake McHenry All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Catch and Release Fishing Only (9)
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Three Oaks South Lake City of Crystal Lake McHenry All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Catch and Release Fishing Only (9)
All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Tilton City Lake City of Tilton Vermilion Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 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
Toledo Reservoir City of Toledo Cumberland Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . . . Protected Slot Length Limit with1 Fish greater than or equal to 15 inches and 2 Fish less than 12 inches (31) 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) . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Tower Lake (St. Elmo South Lake) City of St. Elmo Fayette 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
Tri-Township Park Pond City of Troy 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) . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Turkey Bluff Ponds State of Illinois Randolph 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
Turner Lake Chain O’Lakes State Park 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
Turtle Lake (East Lake Renwick) 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
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Tuscola City Lake City of Tuscola Douglas 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
Union County Fish and Wildlife Area – All lakes and ponds State of Illinois Union All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (5)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit (All fishing and boat traffic prohibited from October 15 through the last
day of February)"
Valley Lake Wildwood Park District 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
Valmeyer Lake City of Valmeyer Monroe All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
Vandalia Lake City of Vandalia Fayette 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
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 inch Minimum Length Limit
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass (16) . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Vanhorn Woods Pond Plainfield Park 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
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Vernor Lake City of Olney Richland 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
Villa Grove East Lake City of Villa Grove Douglas 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
Villa Grove West Lake City of Villa Grove Douglas 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)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 inch Minimum Length Limit
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass (16) . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Wabash River (between Illinois and Indiana) and Ohio River (between Illinois and Kentuckty) 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
Waddams Creek State of Illinois Stephenson Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Walnut Point Lake Walnut Point State Fish and Wildlife Area Douglas 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)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish (14) . . . 20 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
Walton Park Lake City of Litchfield Montgomery 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
Wampum Lake Cook County Forest Preserve District Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (36)
Bluegill, Redear, or Pumpkinseed Sunfish (14) . . . . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 14 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Washington County Lake Washington County Conservation Area Washington 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 with 1 Fish greater than or equal to 18 inches and 2 Fish less than 14 inches
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 inch Minimum Length Limit
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass (16) . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Washington Park Lagoon Chicago Park District Cook All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Washington Park Pond Springfield Park District Sangamon All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Watseka City Ponds (Clements Pond, Kapers Pond and Municipal Center Pond) City of Watseka Iroquois 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
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie . . . . 9 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Waverly Lake City of Waverly Morgan 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
Weinberg-King Pond Weinberg King State Park Schuyler All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Weldon Springs Lake Weldon Springs State Park DeWitt 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
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
West Frankfort New City Lake City of West Frankfort 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 or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
West Frankfort Old City Lake City of West Frankfort 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 or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 15 inch Minimum Length Limit
West Salem Reservoir City of West Salem Edwards 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
Whalon Lake Forest Preserve District of Will County 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
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye . . . . . . . . . . 16 inch Minimum Length Limit
White Hall City Lake City of White Hall Greene All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1) (5)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Wilderness Pond Fox Ridge State Park Coles 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) . . . 5 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
William W. Powers Conservation Area State of Illinois Cook Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (33)
Willow Lake Peabody River King State Conservation Area St. Clair Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . 3
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)
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie . . . . 9 inch Minimum Length Limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie (15) . . . . 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Wolf Lake, William W. Powers Conservation Area State of Illinois Cook 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)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall Closed Season (10)
Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)
Woodford County Conservation Area (Fishing Ditch) Woodford County Conservation Area Woodford All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Recreational Use Restriction . . . . . Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area (33)
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 12 inch Minimum Length Limit
Woodlawn Pond Frankfort Square Park 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
Woods Lake U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Moultrie All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only (1)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass (16) . . . . . . . . . . . . Catch and Release Only
Large or Smallmouth Bass (14) . . . Protected Slot Length Limit with only 1 Fish greater than or equal to 18 inches and 2 Fish less than 14 inches or 3 Fish
less than 14 inches
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish . . . . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit, of which only 5 fish may be greater than or equal to 8 inches
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie . . . . 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with only 5 Fish less than 10 inches and 10 Fish greater than or equal to 10 inches
Wyman Lake City of Sullivan Moultrie 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)
Yellow Creek State of Illinois Stephenson Trout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Closed Season (11)

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