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Fishing

 

Fishing opportunities are available in the Will County forest preserves free of charge.

Fishing Regulations

Fishing is allowed year-round, weather permitting. Ice fishing is not allowed. Only line fishing is permitted. Anglers may use a maximum of two poles, with no more than two hooks or lures attached to each. Taking frogs, turtles and mussels is prohibited.

Swimming, wading and float tubes are prohibited. Persons must be entirely secured in watercraft.

All statewide fishing regulations apply, including daily creel and size limits. Illinois fishing licenses are required for everyone age 16 years or older who fishes on a public waterway, and may be purchased at the Monee Reservoir's Visitor Center. All statewide fishing regulations apply, and may be obtained from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Additional regulations apply. For more information, download the District's General Use Ordinance No. 124 or call 815.727.8700.

Fishing Programs

Fishing programs are offered seasonally at select preserves. Visit the Event Calendar for program listings.

Fishing Locations

The Forest Preserve's premier fishing locations include: 

Monee Reservoir

Located in Monee Township, Monee Reservoir features a 46-acre lake that is stocked with bluegill, black crappie, largemouth bass and channel catfish. Catch and release fishing is encouraged, but daily limits are:

MONEE RESERVOIR MAP WITH LAKE DEPTH INFORMATION

The preserve also features a visitor center that offers fishing poles, rowboats and trolling motors for rental.

Bait and tackle are available for purchase from the visitor center. Minnows must be purchased from the visitor center. The use of amphibians, reptiles and crayfish is prohibited. Check current fishing conditions at Monee Reservoir by calling 708.534.8499.

Whalon Lake

Located in Naperville, Whalon Lake features an 80-acre lake that is stocked with bluegill, black crappie, largemouth bass, channel catfish and walleye. Catch and release fishing is encouraged, but daily limits are:

WHALON LAKE MAP WITH LAKE DEPTH INFORMATION

A boat launch allows for the entry of small fishing boats (trolling motors only).

Rock Run Rookery Preserve

Located in Joliet, Rock Run Rookery Preserve features two lakes. Catch and release fishing is encouraged, but daily limits are:

ROCK RUN ROOKERY PRESERVE MAP WITH LAKE DEPTH INFORMATION

At the large east lake, a boat launch allows for the entry of small fishing boats (trolling motors only).

Lake Chaminwood Preserve

Located in Minooka, Lake Chaminwood Preserve features two lakes. Catch and release fishing is encouraged, but daily limits are:

LAKE CHAMINWOOD MAP WITH LAKE DEPTH INFORMATION

Small fishing boats are allowed (trolling motors only), but only watercraft that can be carried on top of a vehicle is permitted. There is no boat trailer parking at the preserve.

Lake Renwick Preserve — Turtle Lake Access

Located in Plainfield, Lake Renwick Preserve — Turtle Lake Access provides access to Turtle and Budde Lakes for shoreline fishing. Fishing is restricted to posted areas to protect the breeding and foraging habitat for birds at the nearby Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve. Catch and release fishing is encouraged, but daily limits are:

LAKE RENWICK PRESERVE MAP

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Where can I fish?

This chart outlines all of the locations where you can fish in the preserves, as well as whether or not boats are allowed. Use the search box on the graphic to narrow down the results.

Activity Fees

Fishing License

A fishing license is required for anyone 16 years of age or older who fishes a public Illinois waterway, and may be purchased from Monee Reservoir or the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Illinois Resident: $5.50/day, $15/year

Nonresident: $10.50/day, $31.50/year 

Duplicate Licenses: $3 each

Fishing License (Senior Citizen)

The senior citizen fishing license is for applicants who are age 65 or older and are Illinois residents. A fishing license is required for anyone at least 16 years of age who fishes a public Illinois waterway, and may be purchased from Monee Reservoir or the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Activity Fee: $5.50/day, $7.75/year (Illinois Residents Only); Super Senior (for applicants age 75 or older who are Illinois residents), $1.50/year

Fishing Pole Rental

Fishing poles are available for rental at Monee Reservoir. A $10 cash deposit is required for rental. Renters must be 18 years old and bring a valid driver's license or state ID. Fishing poles must be returned by 7 p.m., or a $5 late fee will be charged.

Activity Fee: $5/day

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