Get an Illinois Fishing License

Whether you want to fish for bluegill from the shores of Johnson Lake in Kewanee or troll for salmon on the waters of Lake Michigan, you will have to purchase an IL fishing license first. How much does a fishing license cost? This depends on the type of license you buy. There are a number of options depending on if you are a resident, non-resident, senior or veteran.

Get an Illinois Fishing License

ILLINOIS FISHING LAWS AND REGULATIONS

Once you have purchased your IL fishing license, make sure you read the fishing laws and regulations that apply in your local area. There are both statewide and site specific fishing rules that anglers are required to follow order to conserve fish populations now and for future generations of anglers.

IT’S NOT A FEE, IT’S A CONTRIBUTION

How can you keep conservation in mind every time you go fishing? First, by following and understanding. Second, by practicing catch and release whenever possible. Anglers who practice catch and release return fish back into the waters where they were caught in order to encourage populations to thrive.

ILLINOIS FISHING LICENSE INFORMATION

  • Fishing licenses can be purchased either online from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources or from approved license vendors that sell hunting and fishing equipment.
  • There are different types of fishing licenses. You can buy a 24-hour, annual or a lifetime sport fishing license.
  • Non-resident anglers under 16 years of age may fish without a license. Illinois fishing licenses are issued every month of the year and expire annually on March 31.