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IDNR Division of Fisheries

  Division of Fisheries  

The mission of the Illinois Division of Fisheries is to demonstrate leadership through education and scientifically-based management for the protection, restoration and enhancement of fisheries and other aquatic resources, and promotion of responsible utilization in Lake Michigan, Reservoirs, Impoundments, and Streams.

This mission is broken down into the following broad goals:


• Protect land and water resources from contamination by substances and materials harmful to fish and other aquatic species.

• Protect habitat from degradation and destruction to the fullest extent possible.

• Protect aquatic species, including those which are endangered or threatened for their social and ecological values.

• Establish regulations to protect fish and other aquatic species.

• Protect against the introduction of undesirable aquatic organisms.


• Manage aquatic resources for optimum recreational, social and economic benefits.

• Manage lands and waters to provide productive ecosystems for aquatic life.

• Create, acquire and develop quality fishing areas.

Responsible Utilization

• Provide diverse opportunities for recreational and commercial uses of aquatic resources which are compatible with the resource base.


• Develop public awareness of ecological principles related to aquatic resources.

• Promote angler ethics.

• Increase public knowledge of angling techniques and angling opportunities.

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