Fishing Limits Change for Preserve Lakes and Ponds April 1

News Release

Fishing Limits Change for DuPage Forest Preserve Lakes and Ponds April 1

(March 15, 2017) — On April 1 fishing creel limits on all Forest Preserve District of DuPage County lakes and ponds will be changing to better match Illinois Department of Natural Resources regulations.

The change is intended to simplify regulations for anglers and to support healthy fish populations.

The creel limit changes for DuPage forest preserve lakes and ponds are below. (Species not listed are not changing.)

● Largemouth bass 4 per day, 3 under 14 inches & 1 18 inches or longer
● Bluegill or redear sunfish 25 per day, no minimum length limit
● Walleye 3 per day, minimum 16 inches
● Crappie 15 fish per day, no length limit
● Yellow perch 5 per day, minimum 9 inches
● Smallmouth bass Catch and release only

“We hope these changes make it easier for anglers fishing our lakes and ponds,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore.

“It’s important to abide by these fishing limits to keep fish populations healthy and sustainable in our forest preserves,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Al Murphy, District 6.

For more information on creel limits, see the District’s Fishing Guide (PDF). 

Forest Preserve District police officers strictly enforce creel limits. Anglers ages 16 and older who are not legally disabled must have valid Illinois sport fishing licenses in their possession at all other times. Inland trout stamps are also required to keep any trout. Fishing licenses are now available weekdays 8 a.m. ‒ 4:30 p.m. through Visitor Services at District headquarters at 3S580 Naperville Road in Wheaton.

The District offers a variety of fishing programs throughout the year, including:

Trout Fishing for Kids
Introduce your young anglers to trout fishing at this pre-season event that’s just for them! Bait provided. Ages 15 and under with an adult. Free. Registration not required.
March 25              8 a.m. ‒ noon           Wood Dale Grove

Spring Trout Season Opener
Try your luck on Silver, Pickerel or Grove lakes. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Questions? Call 630-933-7248.
April 1                    6 a.m.                        Blackwell, Pratt’s Wayne, Wood Dale Grove

Family Fishing 101
Learn fish ecology and identification as well as techniques and regulations. For ages 6 ‒ 17 with an adult. Free.
April 14                  5 ‒ 6:30 p.m.           Herrick Lake
May 19                   6 – 7:30 p.m.            Blackwell
May 26                  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.      Hidden Lake

Fishing for Carp
Get tips for hooking one of the biggest, strongest, easiest to find fish. For ages 8 and up (under 16 with an adult). Free.
April 21                 4 ‒ 6:30 p.m.           Songbird Slough

Fishing: For Bass
Try some of the most effective lures on the market on one of the county’s best bass lakes. Ages 12 and up; under 16 with an adult. Free. Register online or at 630-933-7248.
May 6                  10 a.m. – Noon         Hidden Lake

Fishing: With Mom
Hey, kids, spend an afternoon by the water with Mom as you learn how to catch different kinds of fish. Ages 6 – 15 with an adult. Free. Register online or at 630-933-7248.
May 14               4 – 6 p.m.                     Hidden Lake

Fishing: Off the Beaten Path
Join a ranger for a 2-mile off-trail hike with fishing along the way. Ages 12 and up; under 16 with an adult. Free. Register online or at 630-933-7248.
May 21              8:30 – 11:30 a.m.          Waterfall Glen 

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 62 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
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