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Brief Overview of Ice Fishing Rules For Independence Grove Lake
State of Illinois sport fishing regulations apply. Anglers ages 16 and older must have a valid Illinois fishing license. Purchase one through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, at a local sporting goods stores.
Catch-and-release fishing is an important part of maintaining good populations and is mandatory at Independence Grove. At the other preserves, we highly encourage you to release bass or other predator fish you do not intend to keep. These predator fish help to keep panfish populations in balance
A uniform 4.5-inch layer of ice is required, and the area must be posted safe for fishing. Temporary shelters are allowed but must be removed by the end of the day. Only two poles are allowed, or tip-ups with no more than two hooks on each line. Holes must be drilled six inches or smaller in diameter.
Independence Grove, ice fishing is permitted on the south bay only. Catch-and-release fishing is mandatory.
Call The Winter Sports Hotline Before you go for current ice fishing conditions (847) 968-3235