Friday, July 11, 2008

16. Gone Fishing? How and where to go for fishing / hunting in Champaign Urbana

Subscribe in a reader

Do you enjoy fishing or hunting?

If you do, and want to pursue these hobbies/past-times in Champaign-Urbana, here are some tips/information that you might find useful.


If you are above the age of 16, then you will require a license to hunt or fish.

Prices are:

  • Fishing license: $13
  • Hunting licenses $7.50
  • A combined license is $19.25

Senior citizens (aged above 65) can get a discount.

For hunting, you will also need to get a $5.50 habitat stamp. If you want to hunt deer and/or turkey during the hunting season, then you need to apply for that too, and pay a $15 fee.

Where do you get a license?

Licenses are available for purchase at Sporting goods stores ... I think you can buy them from even Walmart.

Or, you can go to the regional Department of Natural Resources office at 1556 State Route 54, Clinton, IL 61727. (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday), call 217-935-6860.

Best areas to fish?

There are many lakes around Chambana. In town, we have Crystal Lake on Race and University. There is also the Homer lake near Homer, IL, about 15-20 minutes drive on I-74 East. Lake of the Woods is at Mahomet. Clinton lake is also nearby.

Anything else?

For boating, hunting, snowmobiling, and trapping, you will need to go to safety classes. More info can be found at the State DNR office website.