Fall trout fishing season quickly approaching

By Gary Scott on October 3, 2017 at 7:52am

The city of Jacksonville is announcing that it’s stocking a local lake with fish again this year.

According to the city, the Parks and Lakes Department is announcing that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is again stocking trout at Morgan Lake in Nichols Park.

The department says that there will be a two-week period where only catch-and-release fly-fishing is allowed, starting this Saturday. After that two-week period, on October 21st, the fall trout season will open up and local fishermen will be allowed to catch and keep. Therefore, fish can only be kept is caught after October 21st.

The city also would like to remind local fishermen that all anglers must carry a valid fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp, which can be purchased where licenses are sold. There is also a limit of five trout per day for each angler.

The Parks and Lakes Department is also announcing that the final day of camping and fishing at Lake Jacksonville is October 18th, with all gates and points being locked at 5 p.m. that day.

For more information or questions regarding rules and regulations for fall fishing, local residents should contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.