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 IFishIllinois.org 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.
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
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?
Tournament organizers or directors will create an account at:
The application will ask for tournament dates and location.