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Large crowds for the first day of trout fishing in the Cook County Forest Preserves in suburban Chicago

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Fishing started early in Cook County Forest Preserves on Saturday as the inland trout fishing season kicked off.

Over 4,000 pounds of fish were added to Axehead Lake (Park Ridge), Belleau Lake (Park Ridge), Sag Quarry East (Lemont), Horsetail Lake (Palos Park) and Green Lake (Calumet City ).

“We have hundreds of anglers here,” said Cook County Forest Preserve fisheries biologist Steve Silic. “It’s a great event to bring people into nature.”

The fish are all catchable size rainbow trout. There is a limit of five trout per day with no size restriction. No more than two lines per person with no more than two hooks per line may be used.

“Rainbow trout is a species that is doing very well in these inland lakes and ponds,” Silic said. “These fish are basically stocked and caught by the public within weeks.”

A valid Illinois Sport Fishing License with an Inland Trout Stamp is required for anglers 16 and older. An Illinois sport fishing license is not required for Illinois residents who are disabled and have an Illinois State Disabled ID showing a Class 2 or 2A disability or a veterans disability card, and Illinois residents who are on active military duty and are home on leave.

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