The fall rainbow trout season will open on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 6 a.m. at three Forest Preserve District of DuPage County lakes: Pickerel Lake at Pratts Wayne Woods in Wayne, Grove Lake at Wood Dale Grove in Wood Dale and Silver Lake at Blackwell in Warrenville.


In preparation, the District will stock Pickerel Lake with approximately 2,000 rainbow trout and Grove Lake with 500. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will stock Silver Lake with about 3,100 fish. The three lakes will be closed to all fishing from Wednesday, Oct. 1 through Friday, Oct. 17 to allow the fish to acclimate and disperse through the lakes.


All anglers 16 and older who are not legally disabled must carry valid Illinois fishing licenses with inland trout stamps. The creel limit for rainbow trout is five per day with no length restriction.


For a free copy of the Forest Preserve District’s “Fishing in DuPage County” guide with regulations, depth maps and species lists for 30 lakes at 18 different DuPage County forest preserves, anglers can call Visitor Services at 630-933-7248 or email They can download the guide from on the fishing page.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County owns and manages 25,000 acres of prairies, woodlands and wetlands. Each year its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs welcome over 4 million visitors. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube pages.