General Trout Regulations
- A resident or nonresident fishing license is required of all persons who take or attempt to take fish, including trout, unless otherwise exempt.
- A trout license (stamp) is no longer required because it is included in the resident or nonresident fishing license.
See map and description of each state-designated trout area.
Method of Taking:
- It is unlawful to take fish from state-designated trout areas during trout season by any means except one rod and reel (or one pole and line).
- Trout caught and placed on a stringer or otherwise held in possession cannot be released later (no culling).
- All trout in possession must be kept on a stringer marked with that angler’s name and fishing license number. All anglers must have their own stringer.
Daily & Size Limits:
- Daily limit is six rainbow trout in all state-designated trout areas except in portions of the Blue River, the Lower Illinois River and the Lower Mountain Fork River. (See maps and descriptions on Trout Area Information.)
- There is no minimum size limit for rainbow trout at any state-designated trout area except in portions of the Lower Illinois River and the Lower Mountain Fork River. (See maps and descriptions on Trout Area Information.)
- Daily limit for brown trout is six with no minimum size limit, except at the Lower Mountain Fork River and Lower Illinois River where the daily limit is one; size limit: 20-inch minimum, with a possession limit of two after the first day.
No person shall have in his possession in the field more than one daily limit of any trout species. After the first day, no person shall have more than 12 rainbow trout and 12 brown trout in his or her possession, except at the Lower Mountain Fork River and Lower Illinois River where the possession limit for brown trout is two. Nonresidents shall not have more than two days’ limit of any trout species upon leaving the state.
Artificial Flies and Lures Defined:
Any artificial fly or lure constructed of any material excluding those containing, constructed with or used in conjunction with:
- Imitation fish eggs, worms, grubs or larvae made of soft plastic.
- Any natural fish food (fish eggs, worms, insects, etc.).
- Any human food substances such as garlic, corn or cheese.
- Any dough bait, putty or paste-type bait.
- Any substance, chemical or natural, designed to attract fish by taste or smell, regardless if the substance is added in the manufacturing process or applied afterward.
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.