Fishing is permitted in all of the Forest Preserve District’s lakes, along the East and West branches of the DuPage River, Salt Creek, the Des Plaines River, and in the tributary creeks, unless otherwise posted.
Fishing on Forest Preserve District waters does not require a District permit or have an associated District fee. However, any angler who is 16 or older and not legally disabled must carry a valid Illinois sport fishing license.
Anglers should be alert for algae blooms in preserve lakes and ponds in the summer. They can be harmful to people and pets that come in contact with the water. More information is available here.
For a list of fish stocked in the forest preserve lakes and rivers, download the 2016 Fish Stocking Report.
For a list of fishing tips from our fisheries biologist, click here.
“Fishing in DuPage County” includes the information and maps on this web site as well as catch-and-release techniques, stocking reports, and updates on the District’s fisheries-management program. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248 for a free printed copy, or download Fishing in DuPage County.