• Dale Bowman

Illinois fishing: Tournament stuff online

Illinois now has an online fishing tournament permit system.

Here is the word from the Illinois DNR:

New IDNR New Fishing Tournament Permitting System now Online

Tournament Organizers will be able to apply for a permit and enter catch data online

SPRINGFIELD – A new permitting system for the organizers of fishing tournaments is now live

on the website. The new online permitting system creates a quick, easy

mechanism for applying for a fishing tournament permit and gathering the anglers’ catch data afterwards. With the dramatic increase in the number of fishing tournaments in recent years, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) staff needs to be able to assess the effects of fishing tournaments on the state’s fisheries (over 1,300 tournaments have been approved using the paper version of the permit application this year). Information collected will help site managers maintain a balance between tournament anglers and the general public.

What’s New?

  1. All public waters of the State of Illinois now require a tournament permit before the event can take place. State-owned waters also have required an Activity Permit in the past. That will now be incorporated into the online tournament permitting process.

  2. As in the past, for those tournaments launching out of a ramp not owned by the State of Illinois, permission will have to be gained from that entity prior to the event, as well as the requirement to have a Fishing Tournament Permit.

What’s the process?

  1. Tournament organizers or directors will create an account at:

  2. The application will ask for tournament dates and location.

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