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With Which States Does Illinois Have Reciprocity on Fishing Licenses?

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Feb 2016 02:06 PM

As a long, skinny state that borders no fewer than five others — Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Kentucky — it can be easy to be fishing on a river in Illinois but then float across state lines without meaning to and catch your fish in another state. If this happens will your fishing license be honored or will catching the fish be a crime? It all depends on whether Illinois has reciprocity with its neighbors when it comes to fishing licenses.

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The Illinois General Assembly gives the state's Department of Natural Resources sole discretion on this front, mandating that the department may enter into "reciprocal fishing agreements with the States of Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Indiana to permit persons licensed or legally exempt from licenses by those states to fish in any of the waters forming a boundary between those states and the State of Illinois and lying within the territorial jurisdiction of this State in the same manner and to the same extent that persons holding or legally exempt from Illinois licenses may do if the laws of Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Indiana, respectively, extend a similar privilege to persons licensed or legally exempt under the laws of this State."

One of the main reciprocal water boundaries in the Prairie State is on Lake Michigan, where Illinois shares a border with Indiana. The Calumet Harbor area off the shoreline of Calumet Park on the lake is the reciprocal fishing portion of the lake and allows anglers from both states with proper fishing permits to troll for the Coho, steelhead, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, and lake trout that abound in the lake's southern tip.

"The (reciprocal) agreement is unique in that it gives Indiana anglers the opportunity for fish from a portion of the Chicago shoreline and Illinois anglers to fish in Indiana waters without the need to purchase non-resident licenses," Lieutenant Ed Troche of the Indiana Department of Law Enforcement told the Northwest Indiana Times.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before fishing.

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As a long, skinny state that borders no fewer than five others, it can be easy to be fishing on a river in Illinois but then float across state lines and catch your fish in another state. If this happens will your fishing license be honored or will catching the fish be a crime?
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