• Fishing Rules and Regulations
  • Fishing Regulations

  • All anglers are subject to Illinois fishing regulations and conservation laws and must also abide by Hidden Lakes park regulations.


    • Fisherpersons ages 16 years and up must have a current Hidden Lakes fishing permit on them while fishing on the property.

    • All fisherpersons are subject to Illinois fishing regulations and conservation laws.

    Catch Limits

    • Channel Catfish - limit three in possession per day • Trout - limit two in possession per day • Bass - limit one (must be over 18") in possession per day • Crappie - limit four (must be over 9") in possession per day • Bluegill - catch and release only • Once you have reached your daily limit, remove all poles from the water. If you wish to continue fishing, practice catch and release.

    Acceptable Bait

    • Corn or other human food may NOT be used as bait. Corn provides no nutritional value to fish and it swells when inside a fish's stomach, causing blockages within their digestive system which may lead to death.

    • Return unused live minnows to the bait shop

    Personal Safety

    • No swimming or wading, boats, canoes, rafts or other flotation devices.

    • Fishing is allowed from shores and piers.

    • Driving on the property by authorized vehicles only.

    • Open fires and tents are not permitted. Charcoal grills are permitted in the south end of the park. Coals must be disposed of in metal cans designated for coals.

    • NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. Individuals under the influence will be asked to leave.

    • Leashed pets are allowed along the DuPage River Greenway. Please do not loiter at Hidden Lakes.

    • Please do not feed the wildlife or clean fish. These activities attract animals that may become aggressive.

    Fishing Etiquette

    • You may fish with no more than two poles.

    • Refrain from chumming or netting fish.