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Trout Season Opens April 1 in DuPage Forest Preserves

(March 16, 2017) — The spring rainbow trout season opens Saturday, April 1 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 3,200 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 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 “Fishing in DuPage County” guide. For details contact Visitor Services at 630-933-7248 or forest@dupageforest.org.

“The opening day of trout season is a very popular spring tradition among our anglers,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Al Murphy, District 6.

“One of the best ways to get your daily dose of nature is by grabbing a fishing pole and heading to one of our lakes,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore.   

Also at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, the boat-rental area at Silver Lake at Blackwell will open for the season. Canoes, kayaks and rowboats are $10 per hour and $50 per day; rowboats with electric trolling motors are $15 per hour and $75 per day. Rentals end at 5:30 p.m. Anglers can buy a dozen night crawlers or three dozen wax worms at the counter for $2.50. After the trout opener, the rental area will be open: 

Through Sept. 5      Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day, 4th of July & Labor Day
 8 a.m. ‒ 6:30 p.m.
May 31 ‒ Sept. 2Monday ‒ Friday
 11 a.m. ‒ 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 ‒ Oct. 1Saturdays and Sundays
 8 a.m. ‒ 5:30 p.m.

Visitors with private nongasoline-powered watercraft under 20 feet — boats, canoes, kayaks and multichambered inflatables with factory-installed hardened floors and transoms — can also use the Silver Lake boat launch at Blackwell. Forest Preserve District permits and either Illinois water usage stamps or state registrations are required. District permits are $7 per day or $35 per year for DuPage residents and $9 per day or $45 per year for nonresidents. Daily permits are available at the boat-rental area or at the steel lock box near the launch. Annual permits can be purchased online, at the Blackwell rental area, or through Visitor Services, where walk-ins can also purchase water usage stamps. 

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, five 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, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube pages.

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