• 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. Sport fishermen should have their Illinois Fishing license in possession at all times while fishing. Licenses expire on March 31 each year.

    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.
    NOTE: TROUT CATCH & RELEASE IS PROHIBITED WHEN LIMIT HAS BEEN REACHED.

    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.