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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2003


FALL TROUT OPENER IS OCTOBER 18

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Illinois’ annual fall catchable trout fishing season opens on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 5 a.m. at 35 ponds and lakes throughout the state, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold announced today.

"Autumn is a great time for fishing in Illinois and thousands of anglers enjoy the opportunity to fish for trout as part of our annual fall trout season,” Brunsvold said. “I would like to encourage anyone interested in having a great day fishing to get a trout stamp and catch some trout this fall.”

No trout may be taken at any of the stocked sites from Oct. 1 until the legal opening of the trout season at 5 a.m. on Oct. 18. More than 70,000 trout will be stocked prior to the opening day of the season. Each of the fish stocked is approximately 10-12 inches long and weighs about one-half pound.

The catch limit for each angler is five trout per day. To take trout legally beginning Oct. 18, anglers must have a fishing license and an inland trout stamp, unless they are under 16 years of age, blind or disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from the Armed Forces.

While the season opens at 5 a.m. on Oct. 18, not all locations may be open that early in the day. Anglers are encouraged to call ahead of time to check opening times for the trout locations.

For more information, contact the IDNR Division of Fisheries at 217/782-6424. Anglers interested in site regulations and other fishing information may also call 1-800-ASK-FISH
(1-800/275-3474).

Illinois fishing licenses and inland trout stamps are available at bait shops, sporting goods stores and other vendors, at IDNR offices, or with a credit card through the IDNR web site at http://dnr.state.il.us/admin/systems/index.htm#OnlineLic.

For more information about site regulations, anglers should contact individual sites that
will be stocked with catchable-size trout. The 35 locations are:

• Siloam Springs State Park - Adams County, 217/894-6205
• Greenville Old City Lake - Bond County, 618/664-2330
• Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park - Bureau County, 815/454-2328
• Campus Pond at Eastern Illinois University - Coles County, 217/345-2420
• Axehead Lake - Cook County, 847/294-4134
• Belleau Lake - Cook County, 847/294-4134
• Crawford County Conservation Area Pond - Crawford County, 618/563-4405
• Villa Grove West Lake - Douglas County, 217/443-0529
• Mount Vernon Game Farm Pond - Jefferson County, 618/547-3610
• Ferne Clyffe State Park - Johnson County, 618/995-2411
• Bird Park Quarry in Kankakee - Kankakee County, 630/553-6680
• Big Lake at Silver Springs State Park - Kendall County, 630/553-6297
• Banana Lake - Lake County, 815/675-2319.
• Sand Lake at Illinois Beach State Park - Lake County, 847/662-4811
• Faries Park Pond in Decatur - Macon County, 217/345-2420
• Beaver Dam Lake - Macoupin County, 217/854-8020
• Highland Old City Lake - Madison County, 618/931-8901
• Boston Pond at Stephen A. Forbes Park - Marion County, 618/547-3381
• Fairgrounds Pond at Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis - Massac County,
   618/524-4712
• Argyle Lake at Argyle Lake State Park - McDonough County, 309/776-3422
• Randolph County State Fish and Wildlife Area Lake - Randolph County,
   618/826-2706
• Prospect Pond in Moline - Rock Island County, 815/454-2759
• Frank Holten State Park Lake - St. Clair County, 618/874-7920
• Jones Park Lake in East St. Louis - St. Clair County, 618/847-7920
• Willow Lake at Peabody River State Fish and Wildlife Area - St. Clair Co.,
   618/785-2555
• Jones Lake Trout Pond at Saline County State Fish and Wildlife Area - Saline    County, 618/276-4405
• IDOT Lake in Springfield - Sangamon County, 217/632-3841
• Washington Park Pond in Springfield - Sangamon County, 217/632-3841
• Forest Park Lagoon in Shelbyville - Shelby County, 217/345-2420
• Mineral Springs Park Lagoon in Pekin - Tazewell County, 309/347-5119
• Clear Lake at Kickapoo State Park - Vermilion County, 217/442-4915
• Beall Woods Lake in Beall Woods State Park - Wabash County, 618/298-2442
• Citizen's Lake in Monmouth - Warren County, 309/344-2617
• Sam Dale Trout Pond at Sam Dale Lake Conservation Area - Wayne County,
   618/835-2292
• Coleta Trout Pond, just west of Coleta - Whiteside County, 815/454-2759

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