Do I need a license to fish in a DuPage forest preserve?
Yes. Any angler who is 16 years of age or older and is not legally disabled must carry a valid Illinois sport fishing license. Anglers must also carry valid Inland Trout Stamps to take trout from District lakes.
By special arrangement with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, individuals participating in District fishing programs can fish without a license during those programs. Trout-fishing programs are an exception; any angler who is 16 years of age or older and is not legally disabled must have a valid Illinois fishing license and an inland trout stamp. For additional information, visit Fishing.