---- — The 2013 trout fishing season in Illinois will begin at 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 6.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources stocks more than 60,000 rainbow trout each spring in bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted during the spring season.
The Illinois catchable trout program is fully funded through the sale of inland trout stamps to those anglers who participate.
In Jefferson County, anglers with the inland trout stamps and a valid Illinois fishing license will be able to fish at the State Game Farm Pond.
Illinois fishing licenses and inland trout stamps are available at DNR Direct license and permit locations, including many bait shops, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets.
Fishing licenses and trout stamps can also be purchased by using a credit card through DNR Direct online via the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov.
To legally participate in the trout fishing program, anglers must have a valid Illinois fishing license and an inland trout stamp.
The annual fishing licenses for the 2013 season are valid through March 31, 2014.
Anglers may also purchase a 24-hour Illinois fishing license, which includes trout fishing privileges for the 24-hour period the license is valid.
A license is required for fishing in Illinois unless the angler is otherwise exempt, such as under 16 years of age, blind or disabled, or is an Illinois resident on active military service who is home on leave.
Anglers may not take trout from any of the stocked sites from March 15 to the opening of the season on April 6 at 5 a.m. Anyone attempting to take trout before the legal opening will be issued citations.
During the spring trout season the daily possession limit for trout is five fish.
For more information on the trout stocking program, contact the IDNR Division of Fisheries at 217-782-6424.