Good news for Illinois fly fishing fans: the general trout season will open Saturday, April 7, at 5 a.m., the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced.
"From veteran anglers to children getting a first taste of fishing, the spring trout season is always a popular family activity in Illinois," IDNR Director Marc Miller said in a statement. "The spring trout opener is always a big day in Illinois, and it's a great way to begin our new fishing season."
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reports it will stock more than 60,000 rainbow trout this spring, noting that the stocking program is funded by the sales of inland trout stamps. Those stamps are available at sporting goods stores and online at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website.
Illinois State Walleye Record Threatened
And if you're not into trout, Illinois is currently a hotspot for walleye fishing of late.
According to the SunTimes, Jim Zimmerman recently caught a walleye on the Pecatonica River that, if confirmed, will become the new Illinois state record.
While Zimmerman wasn't fly fishing, he was using a jig with a small minnow that could always be mimicked by a fly angler equipped with a minnow-inspired streamer.
The fish measured 31 ½ inches and had a girth of more than 20 inches.
Not a bad way to kick off the 2012 season.