Even though this week's return to winter may not have you thinking about hitting the lake, warm weather will soon return. Once it arrives, you need to make sure your licenses are up to date.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources officer, John Williamson, reminds those wanting to wet a line this season that they'll need to renew their fishing license. He says all such licenses expire at the end of March.
Williamson notes the 2017 Illinois fishing licenses are available now, so you don't have to wait until the end of the month to renew them. He says there are several local retailers that have them available.
According to Williamson, a lot of local residents have been putting their fishing licenses to good use. He says the unusually mild winter has kept things busy in area state parks.
Again, your 2016 Illinois fishing and hunting licenses expire on March 31st. You can purchase your new one at a local retailer or online at dnr.illinois.gov, or by clicking HERE