Trout Season Opens April 6 in DuPage Forest Preserves

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Trout Season Opens April 6 in DuPage Forest Preserves

Boat launch, rentals open at Silver Lake at Blackwell

(March 21, 2019) — The spring rainbow trout season opens Saturday, April 6 at 6 a.m. at three Forest Preserve District of DuPage County lakes: Grove Lake at Wood Dale Grove in Wood Dale, Silver Lake at Blackwell in Warrenville, and Pickerel Lake at Pratt’s Wayne Woods in Wayne.

In preparation the District has stocked Pickerel Lake with approximately 2,000 pounds of rainbow trout and Grove Lake with 1,000 pounds. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources provided Silver Lake with roughly 3,250 fish.

The three lakes are closed to all fishing through opening day to allow the fish to acclimate and disperse.

The creel limit for rainbow trout is five per person per day with no length restriction, and all anglers 16 and older who are not legally disabled must carry valid Illinois fishing licenses with inland trout stamps. Both are available for purchase weekdays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Forest Preserve District headquarters at 3S580 Naperville Road in Wheaton, where anglers can also pick up free copies of the District’s Fishing Guide. For details contact Visitor Services at 630-933-7248 or forest@dupageforest.org.

At 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, boat rentals begin at Silver Lake at Blackwell. (Rentals begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 25 at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in Wheaton.) Rowboats and single kayaks are $12 per hour; canoes and tandem kayaks are $15 per hour; and rowboats with electric trolling motors (at Blackwell only) are $20 per hour. Rentals end at 5:30 p.m. Anglers can buy bait at vending machines. Below are the rental hours for the season.

At Blackwell
April and May Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Memorial Day – Labor Day Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  Monday – Friday  11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day    8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Through end of September Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Rentals end one hour before closing.

At Herrick Lake
Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day weekend Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day   11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Rentals end one hour before closing.

Visitors with private nongasoline-powered watercraft under 20 feet long — boats, canoes, kayaks and multichambered inflatables that are either nationally certified or have factory-made hardened floors — can also use the Silver Lake boat launch at Blackwell. All boats require District permits, and motorized boats also require state registrations.

District permits are $5 per day or $30 per year for the first boat for DuPage residents and $15 per year for each additional boat for DuPage residents, and $10 per day or $50 per year for the first boat and $35 for each additional boat for nonresidents. Daily permits are available at the at the boat rental building or at the steel lock box near the launch. Boaters can purchase annual permits online or through Visitor Services. For more information contact Visitor Services at 630-933-7248.

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 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, six education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, blogFacebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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