Trout fishing season opens Saturday in Cook forest preserves

A pair of Northwest suburban lakes are being stocked with 1,500 pounds of rainbow trout as Forest Preserves of Cook County’s 2024 spring inland trout fishing season is set to open Saturday.

The fish — catchable-sized rainbow trout in the half — to one pound size range, will be released in Axehead Lake and Belleau Lake near Park Ridge. The forest preserve also is stocking Sag Quarry East in Lemont, Horsetail Lake in Palos Park and Green Lake in Calumet City.

Once the season opens, there is a five trout per day creel limit with no size restrictions. No more than two lines per person with no more than two hooks per line may be used. A valid Illinois sport fishing license with an Inland Trout Stamp is required for anglers 16 years of age and older.

For a list of all lakes and waters open to public fishing within the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visit, and download the Fishing Guide. The guide includes maps that show location and depth of each lake, as well as main fish species.

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