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FISH
(515 ILCS 5/) Fish and Aquatic Life Code.

515 ILCS 5/Art. 1

 
    (515 ILCS 5/Art. 1 heading)
ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

515 ILCS 5/1-1

    (515 ILCS 5/1-1) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-1)
    Sec. 1-1. Short title. This Code may be cited as the Fish and Aquatic Life Code.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-5

    (515 ILCS 5/1-5) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-5)
    Sec. 1-5. Administrative agency. This Code shall be administered by and under the direction of the Department of Natural Resources.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

515 ILCS 5/1-10

    (515 ILCS 5/1-10) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-10)
    Sec. 1-10. Definitions. As used in this Code, terms are defined according to the following Sections.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-15

    (515 ILCS 5/1-15) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-15)
    Sec. 1-15. Administrative rule. "Administrative rule" means a regulatory measure issued by the Director under this Code.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-20

    (515 ILCS 5/1-20) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-20)
    Sec. 1-20. Aquatic life. "Aquatic life" means all fish, reptiles, amphibians, crayfish, and mussels. For the purposes of Section 20-90, the definition of "aquatic life" shall include, but is not limited to, all fish, reptiles, amphibians, mollusks, crustaceans, algae or other aquatic plants, and invertebrates.
(Source: P.A. 89-66, eff. 1-1-96.)

515 ILCS 5/1-20.5

    (515 ILCS 5/1-20.5)
    Sec. 1-20.5. Aquatic life farm. "Aquatic life farm" means property: (i) containing any or a combination of levee ponds, a strip mine lake, or other type of lake that has floating cages, raceways, or other aquatic life rearing equipment and (ii) where the owner of the aquatic life farm has posted a conspicuous written notice to that effect. If more than one person owns or has title to the lake, "aquatic life farm" means the area of the lake containing the floating cages, raceways, or other aquatic life rearing equipment.
(Source: P.A. 92-513, eff. 6-1-02.)

515 ILCS 5/1-25

    (515 ILCS 5/1-25) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-25)
    Sec. 1-25. Authorized employee. "Authorized employee" means all sworn members of the Law Enforcement Division and those specifically granted law enforcement authorization by the Director.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-30

    (515 ILCS 5/1-30) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-30)
    Sec. 1-30. Contraband. "Contraband" applies to all aquatic life or any part of aquatic life taken, bought, sold or bartered, shipped, or held in possession, or any conveyance, vehicle, watercraft, or other means of transportation whatever, except sealed railroad cars or other common carriers, used to transport or ship any part of aquatic life so taken, contrary to this Code, including administrative rules, or used to transport, contrary to this Code, including administrative rules, any of the previously specified species when taken illegally.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-35

    (515 ILCS 5/1-35) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-35)
    Sec. 1-35. Department. "Department" means the Department of Natural Resources.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

515 ILCS 5/1-40

    (515 ILCS 5/1-40) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-40)
    Sec. 1-40. Director. "Director" means the Director of the Department of Natural Resources.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

515 ILCS 5/1-45

    (515 ILCS 5/1-45) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-45)
    Sec. 1-45. Dressed. "Dressed" means having the head removed.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-50

    (515 ILCS 5/1-50) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-50)
    Sec. 1-50. Fishing. "Fishing" means taking or attempting to take aquatic life in any waters of the State, by any method, and all other acts such as placing, setting, drawing, or using any device commonly used for the taking of aquatic life whether resulting in taking or not.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-53

    (515 ILCS 5/1-53)
    Sec. 1-53. Indigenous species. "Indigenous species" means those species of aquatic life specified by administrative rule.
(Source: P.A. 94-592, eff. 1-1-06.)

515 ILCS 5/1-55

    (515 ILCS 5/1-55) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-55)
    Sec. 1-55. Minnow. "Minnow" means any fish in the family Cyprinidae except common carp (Cyprinus carpio), goldfish (Carassius auratus), and Asian carp [bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis), black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus), grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella), and silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molotrix)].
(Source: P.A. 94-592, eff. 1-1-06.)

515 ILCS 5/1-60

    (515 ILCS 5/1-60) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-60)
    Sec. 1-60. Mussel devices. "Mussel devices" includes any rake, fork, crow-foot bar, dredge, or air breathing device described as follows: (i) rake or fork: any rake or fork with forks or tines used for collecting or assembling mussels; (ii) crow-foot bar: a bar of any material equipped with a series of hooks designed to take mussels by the insertion of the hooks between the shells of mussels; (iii) dredge: any hand operated dredge with openings not larger than 2 feet in width used for taking mussels; and (iv) air breathing device: any air breathing apparatus that is attached to a diver and is used during the collecting of mussels.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-65

    (515 ILCS 5/1-65) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-65)
    Sec. 1-65. Mussels. "Mussels" means and embraces any fresh water mussel or the shell of a mussel.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-70

    (515 ILCS 5/1-70) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-70)
    Sec. 1-70. Person. "Person" includes the plural "persons", females as well as males, and shall extend and be applied to clubs, associations, corporations, firms, and partnerships as well as individuals.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-75

    (515 ILCS 5/1-75) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-75)
    Sec. 1-75. Resident. "Resident" means a person who in good faith makes application for any license or permit and verifies by statement that he or she has maintained his or her permanent abode in this State for a period of at least 30 consecutive days immediately preceding the person's application, and who does not maintain permanent abode or claim residency in another state for the purposes of obtaining any of the same or similar licenses or permits covered by this Code. A person's permanent abode is his or her fixed and permanent dwelling place, as distinguished from a temporary or transient place of residence. Domiciliary intent is required to establish that the person is maintaining his or her permanent abode in this State. Evidence of domiciliary intent includes, but is not limited to, the location where the person votes, pays personal income tax, or obtains a drivers license. Except for the purposes of obtaining a Lifetime License, any person on active duty in the Armed Forces shall be considered a resident of Illinois during his or her period of military duty.
(Source: P.A. 94-10, eff. 6-7-05.)

515 ILCS 5/1-80

    (515 ILCS 5/1-80) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-80)
    Sec. 1-80. Resident commercial fisherman. "Resident commercial fisherman" means an individual who has actually resided in Illinois for one year immediately preceding his or her application for a commercial fishing license and who does not claim residency for a commercial fishing license in another state or country.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-85

    (515 ILCS 5/1-85) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-85)
    Sec. 1-85. Salmon. "Salmon" includes all the salmons and trouts.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-90

    (515 ILCS 5/1-90) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-90)
    Sec. 1-90. Salmon stamp. "Salmon stamp" means a special stamp issued by the Department authorizing taking or attempting to take salmon in Lake Michigan.
(Source: P.A. 87-833; 88-91.)

515 ILCS 5/1-91

    (515 ILCS 5/1-91)
    Sec. 1-91. Inland trout stamp. "Inland trout stamp" means a special stamp issued by the Department authorizing taking or attempting to take trout in all waters except Lake Michigan.
(Source: P.A. 88-91.)

515 ILCS 5/1-95

    (515 ILCS 5/1-95) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-95)
    Sec. 1-95. Sport fisherman. "Sport fisherman" means an individual who uses or attempts to use sport fishing devices as stated in Sections 10-95, 10-110, and 10-140.
(Source: P.A. 89-66, eff. 1-1-96.)

515 ILCS 5/1-100

    (515 ILCS 5/1-100) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-100)
    Sec. 1-100. Take. "Take" means lure, kill, destroy, capture, gig or spear, trap or ensnare, or attempt to do so.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-103

    (515 ILCS 5/1-103)
    Sec. 1-103. Taxidermy. "Taxidermy" means the art of preparing, preserving, and mounting the skins of fish, birds, or mammals to make them appear lifelike.
(Source: P.A. 88-416.)

515 ILCS 5/1-105

    (515 ILCS 5/1-105) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-105)
    Sec. 1-105. Transport; ship. "Transport" or "ship" means to convey by parcel post, express, freight, baggage, or shipment by common carrier of any description; by automobile, motorcycle, or other vehicle of any kind; by water or aircraft of any kind; or by any other means of transportation.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-110

    (515 ILCS 5/1-110) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-110)
    Sec. 1-110. Individual. "Individual" means a natural person.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-115

    (515 ILCS 5/1-115) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-115)
    Sec. 1-115. Resident commercial musselor. "Resident commercial musselor" means an individual who has actually resided in Illinois for one year immediately preceding his or her application for a commercial mussel license and who does not claim residency for a commercial mussel license in another state or country.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-116

    (515 ILCS 5/1-116)
    Sec. 1-116. Roe. "Roe" means the eggs of fish that are whole and intact within the egg sac, whether within the body cavity of the fish or removed. "Roe" does not include eggs removed from the egg sac.
(Source: P.A. 95-147, eff. 8-14-07.)

515 ILCS 5/1-117

    (515 ILCS 5/1-117)
    Sec. 1-117. Roe-bearing species. "Roe-bearing species" means sturgeon, paddlefish, bowfin, and any other fish listed as such by the Department in an administrative rule.
(Source: P.A. 95-147, eff. 8-14-07.)

515 ILCS 5/1-120

    (515 ILCS 5/1-120) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-120)
    Sec. 1-120. Seasons; daily limits. The seasons during which protected aquatic life may be taken and the size limits and daily catch limits set out in this Code are based upon a proper biological balance and shall be regulated by administrative rule.
    The Department may not provide for a longer season or a larger daily catch limit than is provided in this Code, except as provided by Section 1-150.
    The Department shall modify existing provisions, when necessary, including open seasons, size limits, quotas, limited entry, and methods of taking fish from the waters of Lake Michigan under the jurisdiction of the State of Illinois, in order that the compact between the Canadian provinces and those States of the United States adjacent to the Great Lakes, including the United States and Canadian Governments, may be fulfilled in the best interests of the fisheries resources and the general public.
    Employees or agents of any federal, State, or municipal government or body, when engaged in investigative work, may by prior written approval of the Director be exempted from this Code.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-125

    (515 ILCS 5/1-125) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-125)
    Sec. 1-125. Administrative rules. The Department is authorized to issue administrative rules for carrying out, administering, and enforcing the provisions of this Code. The administrative rules shall be promulgated in accordance with the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
    Rules, after becoming effective, shall be enforced in the same manner as are any other provisions of this Code. It is unlawful for any person to violate any provision of any administrative rule promulgated by the Department. Violators of administrative rules are subject to the penalties set out in this Code.
(Source: P.A. 94-592, eff. 1-1-06.)

515 ILCS 5/1-130

    (515 ILCS 5/1-130) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-130)
    Sec. 1-130. Cooperation with EPA. The Department is authorized to cooperate with the Environmental Protection Agency of the State of Illinois in making pollution investigations and reports of pollution investigations.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-135

    (515 ILCS 5/1-135) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-135)
    Sec. 1-135. Taking for propagation or maintaining biological balance. The Department and persons authorized by it may take, purchase, or propagate any aquatic life or their eggs for propagation and stocking purposes.
    The Department may remove and dispose of any aquatic life from any waters under the jurisdiction of this State to maintain the biological balance of aquatic life as the Department deems proper. The Department is authorized to sell or contract with any person to so remove and dispose of aquatic life upon terms to be approved by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-140

    (515 ILCS 5/1-140) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-140)
    Sec. 1-140. Production for stocking. The Department may produce under Section 1-135 any aquatic life or their eggs and distribute them to suitable waters for propagation or restocking. Planting stock not required for State and public owned waters may be sold to owners of other water areas for stocking purposes at a price not greater than the cost of production to the State. The sale of planting stock to these water owners shall be upon conditions and plans as may be approved by the Department for the purposes of producing a fishery.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-145

    (515 ILCS 5/1-145) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-145)
    Sec. 1-145. Propagation facilities. The Department may, for the purpose of propagating aquatic life, establish and maintain facilities upon any water owned or leased by the State of Illinois or by the United States of America with the United States Government, as the case may be, or agency, State or federal, having jurisdiction over the water.
    The Department is empowered, or it may participate jointly with any municipality or other subdivision of this State or the United States, to select and purchase, lease, receive by donation, or acquire in accordance with the laws relating to eminent domain:
    (a) suitable waters for the propagation and conservation of aquatic life;
    (b) waters to be used as public fishing and recreation areas; or
    (c) suitable waters, real property, or both for the construction and operation of conservation lakes and public fishing grounds, and to construct and maintain on the property or waters any buildings, roads, bridges, and other recreational facilities the Department deems necessary or desirable for a full and complete utilization of the property or waters for the purposes set forth in this Code. The Department is further authorized to acquire all the necessary property or rights-of-way for the purposes of ingress and egress to these waters and lands and to construct and maintain on the property or rights-of-way all necessary roads and bridges.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-147

    (515 ILCS 5/1-147)
    Sec. 1-147. Eminent domain. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code, any power granted under this Code to acquire property by condemnation or eminent domain is subject to, and shall be exercised in accordance with, the Eminent Domain Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

515 ILCS 5/1-150

    (515 ILCS 5/1-150) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-150)
    Sec. 1-150. Preservation of aquatic life; actions to enforce Code. The Department shall take all measures necessary for the conservation, distribution, introduction, and restoration of aquatic life. After any investigation when it is found by the Director that there is imminent danger of loss of aquatic life, the Director may authorize the taking of aquatic life from any area and specify other reasonable limits, methods, and devices as the Director may deem advisable to salvage imperiled aquatic life. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to permit the Department to take action that hinders the operation of an electric generating station of an electric supplier as defined in the Electric Suppliers Act.
    The Department shall also bring or cause to be brought actions and proceedings, in the name and by the authority of the People of the State of Illinois, to enforce this Code, including administrative rules, and to recover any and all fines and penalties provided for. Nothing in this Code shall be construed to authorize the Department to change any penalty prescribed by law or to change the amount of license fees or the authority conferred by licenses prescribed by law. The Department is authorized to cooperate with the appropriate Departments of the federal government and other Departments or agencies of State government and educational institutions in conducting surveys, experiments, or work of joint interest or benefit.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-155

    (515 ILCS 5/1-155) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-155)
    Sec. 1-155. Conservation training schools; public education. The Department may establish Conservation Training Schools and employ technicians and other help necessary for the purpose of teaching conservation methods to employees of the Department and other interested groups as the Department deems necessary or desirable to carry out the provisions and purposes of this Code.
    In order to educate the citizens of this State in the modern trends of conservation, the Department shall disseminate conservation information and the provisions of this Code through lectures, motion pictures, photographs, exhibits, radio, news items, pamphlets, and other media the Department may deem suitable for this purpose.
    The Department may publish, periodically, a bulletin or magazine containing information concerning the work of the Department, the conservation and propagation of wildlife, hunting and fishing, and any other information as the Department deems to be of general or special interest to sportsmen and others affected by any law administered by the Department. A reasonable charge may be made for each copy of the publication. All funds derived from the sale of that publication shall be deposited into the Wildlife and Fish Fund in the State Treasury.
    The Department shall provide and maintain management and habitat development on State controlled lands or waters used in propagating or breeding aquatic life as the Department deems necessary to conform with the most modern conservation methods. The Department may also cooperate in management and habitat development with any person propagating or breeding aquatic life on privately-owned lands or waters.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-160

    (515 ILCS 5/1-160) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-160)
    Sec. 1-160. Peace officers. All employees of the Department authorized by the Director shall have the power of, and shall be, peace officers in the enforcement of this Code, including administrative rules, and may carry weapons as may be necessary in the performance of their duties.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-165

    (515 ILCS 5/1-165) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-165)
    Sec. 1-165. Arrests; warrants. All authorized employees of the Department and all sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, and other police officers shall arrest any person detected in violation of any of the provisions of this Code, including administrative rules. Any duly accredited officer of the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service may arrest any person detected in violation of any of the provisions of this Code, including administrative rules.
    All officers shall make prompt investigation of any violation of this Code, including administrative rules, reported by any other persons, and shall cause a complaint to be filed in case there seems just ground for a complaint and evidence procurable to support the complaint.
    Upon the filing of a complaint, the officers shall render assistance in the prosecution of the party against whom complaint is made.
    Peace officers, other than employees of the Department, making arrests and serving warrants provided for by this Code shall receive the fees and mileage as provided by law for sheriffs.
    Each duly accredited officer and authorized employee of the Department is empowered to execute and serve all warrants and processes issued by the Circuit Court.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-170

    (515 ILCS 5/1-170) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-170)
    Sec. 1-170. Prosecutions; State's Attorneys. All prosecutions shall be brought in the name and by the authority of the People of the State of Illinois before the Circuit Court for the county where the offense was committed.
    All State's Attorneys shall enforce the provisions of this Code, including administrative rules, in their respective counties and shall prosecute all persons charged with violating its provisions when so requested by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-175

    (515 ILCS 5/1-175) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-175)
    Sec. 1-175. Limitations. All prosecutions under this Code shall be commenced within 2 years from the time the offense charged was committed.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-180

    (515 ILCS 5/1-180) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-180)
    Sec. 1-180. Collection of fines. All fines provided for by this Code shall be collected and remitted to the Department, within 30 days after the collection of the fine, by the Clerk of the Circuit Court collecting the fines, who shall submit at the same time to the Department a statement of the names of the persons so fined and the name of the arresting officer, the offense committed, the amount of the fine, and the date of conviction.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-185

    (515 ILCS 5/1-185) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-185)
    Sec. 1-185. Power of entry and examination. Authorized employees of the Department are empowered, under law, to enter all lands and waters to enforce this Code. Authorized employees are further empowered to examine all buildings, private or public clubs (except dwellings), fish markets, cold storage houses, locker plants, camps, vessels, cars (except sealed railroad cars or other common carriers), conveyances, vehicles, water craft, or any other means of transportation or shipping, tents, game bags, game coats, or other receptacles and to open and examine any box, barrel, package, or other receptacle in the possession of a common carrier, that they have reason to believe contains aquatic life or any part of aquatic life taken, bought, sold or bartered, shipped, or had in possession contrary to this Code, including administrative rules, or that the receptacle containing the aquatic life is falsely labeled.
    Authorized employees of the Department shall be given free access to and shall not be hindered or interfered with in making an entry and examination. Any license held by a person preventing free access or interfering with or hindering an employee shall not be issued to that person for the period of one year after his or her action.
    Employees of the Department as specifically authorized by the Director are empowered to enter all lands and waters for purposes of pollution investigations, State and federal permit inspections, as well as aquatic life and wildlife censuses or inventories, and are further empowered to conduct examination of equipment and devices in the field, under law, to ensure compliance with this Code.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-190

    (515 ILCS 5/1-190) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-190)
    Sec. 1-190. Prima facie evidence; confiscation. The possession of any aquatic life protected under this Code is prima facie evidence that the aquatic life is subject to all the provisions of this Code, including administrative rules.
    Whenever the contents of any box, barrel, package, or receptacle consists partly of contraband and partly of legal aquatic life or any part of aquatic life, the entire contents of the box, barrel, package, or other receptacle are subject to confiscation.
    Whenever a person has in his or her possession in excess of the number of aquatic life or parts of aquatic life permitted under this Code, including administrative rules, the entire number of aquatic life or parts of aquatic life in his or her possession is subject to confiscation.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-195

    (515 ILCS 5/1-195) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-195)
    Sec. 1-195. Search warrant; process. Whenever any authorized employee of the Department, sheriff, deputy sheriff, or other peace officer of the State has reason to believe that any person, commercial institution, commission house, restaurant or cafe keeper, or fish dealer possesses any aquatic life or any part of aquatic life contrary to the provisions of this Code, including administrative rules, he or she may file, or cause to be filed, a sworn complaint to that effect before the Circuit Court and procure and execute a search warrant. Upon the execution of the search warrant, the officer executing the search warrant shall make due return of the search warrant to the court issuing the search warrant, together with an inventory of all the aquatic life or any part of aquatic life taken under the search warrant. The Court shall then issue process against the party owning, controlling, or transporting the aquatic life or any part of aquatic life seized, and upon its return shall proceed to determine whether or not the aquatic life was held, possessed, or transported in violation of this Code, including administrative rules. In case of a finding to the effect that it was illegally held, possessed, transported, or sold, a judgment shall be entered against the owner or party found in possession of the aquatic life for the costs of the proceeding and providing for the disposition of the property seized, as provided for by this Code.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-200

    (515 ILCS 5/1-200) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-200)
    Sec. 1-200. Obstructing an officer. It shall be unlawful for any person to resist or obstruct any officer or employee of the Department in the discharge of his or her duties under this Code.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-205

    (515 ILCS 5/1-205) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-205)
    Sec. 1-205. Posing as an officer. It shall be unlawful for any person to represent himself or herself falsely to be an officer or employee of the Department or to assume to act as an officer or employee of the Department without having been duly appointed and employed.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-210

    (515 ILCS 5/1-210) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-210)
    Sec. 1-210. Confiscation of contraband. All aquatic life or any part of aquatic life taken, bought, sold or bartered, shipped, or had in possession contrary to any of the provisions of this Code, including administrative rules, is contraband and subject to seizure and confiscation by any authorized employee of the Department.
    Contraband aquatic life or any part of aquatic life seized and confiscated shall be disposed of as directed by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-215

    (515 ILCS 5/1-215) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-215)
    Sec. 1-215. Illegal fishing devices; public nuisance. Every fishing device, including seines, nets, or traps, or any electrical device or any other devices, including vehicles, watercraft, or aircraft, used or operated illegally or attempted to be used or operated illegally by any person in taking, transporting, holding, or conveying any aquatic life contrary to this Code, including administrative rules, shall be deemed a public nuisance and therefore illegal and subject to seizure and confiscation by any authorized employee of the Department. Upon the seizure of such an item the Department shall take and hold the item until disposed of as provided in this Code.
    Upon the seizure of any device because of its illegal use, the officer or authorized employee of the Department making the seizure shall, as soon as reasonably possible, cause a complaint to be filed before the Circuit Court and a summons to be issued requiring the owner or person in possession of the property to appear in court and show cause why the device seized should not be forfeited to the State. Upon the return of the summons duly served or upon posting or publication of notice as provided in this Code, the court shall proceed to determine the question of the illegality of the use of the seized property. Upon judgment being entered to the effect that the property was illegally used, an order shall be entered providing for the forfeiture of the seized property to the State. The owner of the property, however, may have a jury determine the illegality of its use, and shall have the right of an appeal as in other civil cases. Confiscation or forfeiture shall not preclude or mitigate against prosecution and assessment of penalties provided in Section 20-35 of this Code.
    Upon seizure of any property under circumstances supporting a reasonable belief that the property was abandoned, lost, stolen, or otherwise illegally possessed or used contrary to this Code, except property seized during a search or arrest, and ultimately returned, destroyed, or otherwise disposed of under order of a court in accordance with this Code, the authorized employee of the Department shall make reasonable inquiry and efforts to identify and notify the owner or other person entitled to possession of the property and shall return the property after the person provides reasonable and satisfactory proof of his or her ownership or right to possession and reimburses the Department for all reasonable expenses of custody. If the identity or location of the owner or other person entitled to possession of the property has not been ascertained within 6 months after the Department obtains possession, the Department shall effectuate the sale of the property for cash to the highest bidder at a public auction. The owner or other person entitled to possession of the property may claim and recover possession of the property at any time before its sale at public auction upon providing reasonable and satisfactory proof of ownership or right of possession and reimbursing the Department for all reasonable expenses of custody.
    Any property forfeited to the State by court order under this Section may be disposed of by public auction, except that any property that is the subject of a court order shall not be disposed of pending appeal of the order. The proceeds of the sales at auction shall be deposited in the Wildlife and Fish Fund.
    The Department shall pay all costs of posting or publication of notices required by this Section.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-220

    (515 ILCS 5/1-220) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-220)
    Sec. 1-220. Violations; separate offenses. Each act of pursuing, taking, shipping, offering or receiving for shipment, transporting, buying, selling or bartering, or having in one's possession any protected aquatic life, seines, nets, or other devices used or to be used in violation of this Code, including administrative rules, constitutes a separate offense.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-225

    (515 ILCS 5/1-225) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-225)
    Sec. 1-225. Accessory. Any person who aids in or contributes in any way to a violation of this Code, including administrative rules, is individually liable, as a separate offense under this Code, for the penalties imposed against the person who committed the violation.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/1-230

    (515 ILCS 5/1-230) (from Ch. 56, par. 1-230)
    Sec. 1-230. Wildlife and Fish Fund; disposition of money received. All fees, fines, income of whatever kind or nature derived from hunting and fishing activities on lands, waters, or both under the jurisdiction or control of the Department, and all penalties collected under this Code shall be deposited into the State Treasury and shall be set apart in a special fund to be known as the Wildlife and Fish Fund; except that fees derived solely from the sale of salmon stamps, income from art contests for the salmon stamp, including income from the sale of reprints, and gifts, donations, grants, and bequests of money for the conservation and propagation of salmon shall be deposited into the State Treasury and set apart in the special fund to be known as the Salmon Fund; and except that fees derived solely from the sale of state migratory waterfowl stamps, and gifts, donations, grants and bequests of money for the conservation and propagation of waterfowl, shall be deposited into the State Treasury and set apart in the special fund to be known as the State Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Fund. All interest that accrues from moneys in the Wildlife and Fish Fund, the Salmon Fund, and the State Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Fund shall be retained in those funds respectively. Except for the additional moneys deposited under Section 805-550 of the Department of Natural Resources (Conservation) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, appropriations from the Wildlife and Fish Fund shall be made only to the Department for the carrying out of the powers and functions vested by law in the Department for the administration and management of fish and wildlife resources of this State for such activities as (i) the purchase of land for fish hatcheries, wildlife refuges, preserves, and public shooting and fishing grounds; (ii) the purchase and distribution of wild birds, the eggs of wild birds, and wild mammals; (iii) the rescuing, restoring and distributing of fish; (iv) the maintenance of wildlife refuges or preserves, public shooting grounds, public fishing grounds, and fish hatcheries; and (v) the feeding and care of wild birds, wild mammals, and fish. Appropriations from the Salmon Fund shall be made only to the Department to be used solely for the conservation and propagation of salmon, including construction, operation, and maintenance of a cold water hatchery, and for payment of the costs of printing salmon stamps, the expenses incurred in acquiring salmon stamp designs, and the expenses of producing reprints.
(Source: P.A. 95-853, eff. 8-18-08; 96-1160, eff. 1-1-11; 96-1518, eff. 2-4-11.)

515 ILCS 5/1-235

    (515 ILCS 5/1-235)
    Sec. 1-235. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 87-833. Repealed by P.A. 97-916, eff. 8-9-12.)

515 ILCS 5/Art. 5

 
    (515 ILCS 5/Art. 5 heading)
ARTICLE 5. FISH PROTECTION

515 ILCS 5/5-5

    (515 ILCS 5/5-5) (from Ch. 56, par. 5-5)
    Sec. 5-5. Ownership and title; violations; penalties. The ownership of and title to all aquatic life within the boundaries of the State, are hereby declared to be in the State, and no aquatic life shall be taken or killed, in any manner or at any time, unless the person or persons so taking or killing the aquatic life shall consent that the title to the aquatic life shall be and remain in the State for the purpose of regulating the taking, killing, possession, use, sale, and transportation of aquatic life after taking or killing, as set forth in this Code.
    Aquatic products, as defined in the Aquaculture Development Act, bred, hatched, propagated, or raised by the owner of a body of water, with the consent of the Department of Natural Resources through the issuance of an aquaculture permit and consistent with this Section, in permitted aquaculture facilities in or on that body of water are the property of the person who bred, hatched, propagated, or raised them or that person's successor in interest. Ownership of aquatic products reverts to the State upon revocation or expiration of an aquaculture permit as prescribed by administrative rule.
    If any person causes any waste, sewage, thermal effluent, or any other pollutant to enter into, or causes or allows pollution of, any waters of this State so as to kill aquatic life, the Department, through the Attorney General, may bring an action against that person and recover the value of and the related costs in determining the value of the aquatic life destroyed by the waste, sewage, thermal effluent, or pollution. Any money so recovered shall be placed into the Wildlife and Fish Fund in the State Treasury.
    If any person shall abandon, deposit, or otherwise place any wire, can, bottle, glass, paper, trash, rubbish, cardboard, wood cartons, boxes, trees, parts of trees, brush, or other insoluble material, including animal or vegetable material, into the waters or upon the ice of any waters of this State, or in any place on the bank of waters of this State where it shall be liable to be washed into the waters either by storms, floods, or other causes, the person shall be in violation of the offense of polluting. Employees of the Department, however, may place or direct the placement, in the waters of the State, of insoluble materials deemed suitable for the purposes of enhancing aquatic habitat. Any person who shall be found guilty under this Section shall be guilty of a petty offense, and the Court shall further order that the guilty person shall employ every practical means of removing the debris within a time specified by the Court. Failure to comply with an order under this Section shall constitute a Class B misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

515 ILCS 5/5-10

    (515 ILCS 5/5-10) (from Ch. 56, par. 5-10)
    Sec. 5-10. Application. This Code shall apply to aquatic life or parts of aquatic life (i) in or from any of the lakes, rivers, creeks, sloughs, bayous, or other waters or watercourses or lands wholly within the boundaries of the State of Illinois or over which the State of Illinois has concurrent jurisdiction with any other State or (ii) which may be brought into the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/5-15

    (515 ILCS 5/5-15) (from Ch. 56, par. 5-15)
    Sec. 5-15. Permissible devices. Aquatic life or parts of aquatic life shall be taken only with the devices and in the manner permitted by this Code, and the terms of this Code shall apply with equal force to aquatic life when smoked, frozen, or otherwise processed.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/5-20

    (515 ILCS 5/5-20) (from Ch. 56, par. 5-20)
    Sec. 5-20. Taking aquatic life on private property. Any person taking or attempting to take aquatic life by means of any device within waters other than public waters of the State shall first obtain the consent of the owner or tenant of the premises where the taking is done or attempted to be done. In addition, the persons taking or attempting to take aquatic life on another's property shall do so in a manner that does not cause wanton or careless injury to or destruction of any real or personal property on the premises.
    It shall be prima facie evidence that a person does not have the consent of the owner or tenant if the person is unable to demonstrate to the law enforcement officer in the field that consent had been obtained. This provision may only be rebutted by testimony of the owner or tenant that consent had been given. Before enforcing this Section, the law enforcement officer must have received notice from the owner or tenant of a violation of this Section. Statements made to the law enforcement officer regarding this notice shall not be rendered inadmissible by the hearsay rule when offered for the purpose of showing the required notice.
(Source: P.A. 87-114; 87-833; 87-895.)

515 ILCS 5/5-25

    (515 ILCS 5/5-25) (from Ch. 56, par. 5-25)
    Sec. 5-25. Value of protected species; violations.
    (a) Any person who, for profit or commercial purposes, knowingly captures or kills, possesses, offers for sale, sells, offers to barter, barters, offers to purchase, purchases, delivers for shipment, ships, exports, imports, causes to be shipped, exported, or imported, delivers for transportation, transports or causes to be transported, carries or causes to be carried, or receives for shipment, transportation, carriage, or export any aquatic life, in part or in whole of any of the species protected by this Code, contrary to the provisions of the Code, and that aquatic life, in whole or in part, is valued at or in excess of a total of $300, as per species value specified in subsection (c) of this Section, commits a Class 3 felony.
    A person is guilty of a Class 4 felony if convicted under this Section for more than one violation within a 90-day period if the aquatic life involved in each violation are not valued at or in excess of $300 but the total value of the aquatic life involved with the multiple violations is at or in excess of $300. The prosecution for a Class 4 felony for these multiple violations must be alleged in a single charge or indictment and brought in a single prosecution.
    Any person who violates this subsection (a) when the total value of species is less than $300 commits a Class A misdemeanor except as otherwise provided.
    (b) Possession of aquatic life, in whole or in part, captured or killed in violation of this Code, valued at or in excess of $600, as per species value specified in subsection (c) of this Section, shall be considered prima facie evidence of possession for profit or commercial purposes.
    (c) For purposes of this Section, the fair market value or replacement cost, whichever is greater, must be used to determine the value of the species protected by this Code, but in no case shall the minimum value of all aquatic life and their hybrids protected by this Code, whether dressed or not dressed, be less than the following:
        (1) For each muskellunge, northern pike, walleye,
    
striped bass, sauger, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, trout (all species), salmon (all species other than chinook caught from August 1 through December 31), and sturgeon (other than pallid or lake sturgeon) of a weight, dressed or not dressed, of one pound or more, $4 for each pound or fraction of a pound. For each individual fish with a dressed or not dressed weight of less than one pound, $4. For parts of fish processed past the dressed state, $8 per pound.
        (2) For each warmouth, rock bass, white bass, yellow
    
bass, sunfish (all species except largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass), bluegill, crappie, bullheads, pickerels, yellow perch, catfish (all species), and mussels of a weight, dressed or not dressed, of one pound or more, $4 for each pound or fraction of a pound of aquatic life. For each individual aquatic life with a dressed or not dressed weight of less than one pound, $4. For aquatic life parts processed past the dressed state, $8 per pound.
        (3) For processed turtle parts, $6 for each pound or
    
fraction of a pound. For each non-processed turtle, $8 per turtle.
        (4) For frogs, toads, salamanders, lizards, and
    
snakes, $8 per animal in whole or in part.
        (5) For goldeye, mooneye, carp, carpsuckers (all
    
species), suckers (all species), redhorse (all species), buffalo (all species), freshwater drum, skipjack, shad (all species), alewife, smelt, gar, bowfin, chinook salmon caught from August 1 through December 31, and all other aquatic life protected by this Code, not listed in paragraphs (1), (2), (3), or (4) of subsection (c) of this Section, $1 per pound, in part or in whole.
        (6) For each species listed on the federal or State
    
endangered and threatened species list, and for lake and pallid sturgeon, $150 per animal in whole or in part.
(Source: P.A. 95-147, eff. 8-14-07.)

515 ILCS 5/5-30

    (515 ILCS 5/5-30)
    Sec. 5-30. Shark fins.
    (a) As used in this Section, "shark" means any species of the subclass Elasmobranchii.
    (b) As used in this Section, "shark fin" means a raw, dried, or otherwise processed detached fin or a raw, dried, or otherwise processed detached tail of a shark.
    (c) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (d) of this Section, a person may not possess, sell, offer for sale, trade, or distribute a shark fin on or after January 1, 2013.
    (d) Until July 1, 2013, any person may possess, sell, offer for sale, trade, or distribute a shark fin possessed by that person on January 1, 2013.
(Source: P.A. 97-733, eff. 1-1-13.)

515 ILCS 5/Art. 10

 
    (515 ILCS 5/Art. 10 heading)
ARTICLE 10. LIMITS; SEASONS; METHODS OF TAKING

515 ILCS 5/10-5

    (515 ILCS 5/10-5) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-5)
    Sec. 10-5. Daily limit; bass. All properly licensed individuals shall be permitted to take, in any one day, no more than 6 of any one species or 6 in the aggregate of largemouth, smallmouth, or spotted bass.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/10-10

    (515 ILCS 5/10-10) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-10)
    Sec. 10-10. Daily limit; trout and salmon. All properly licensed individuals shall be permitted to take, in any one day, no more than 5 of any one species or 5 in the aggregate of brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, coho salmon, chinook salmon, kokanee salmon, or other salmons.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/10-15

    (515 ILCS 5/10-15) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-15)
    Sec. 10-15. Method of taking certain fish. Muskellunge, northern pike, pickerels, walleye, sauger, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, warmouth, rock bass, white bass, yellow bass, striped bass (ocean rockfish), sunfish, bluegill, crappie, trout, salmon, and their hybrids shall be taken only by properly licensed individuals and only with sport fishing devices as provided in Section 10-95.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

515 ILCS 5/10-20

    (515 ILCS 5/10-20) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-20)
    Sec. 10-20. Size limit; northern pike. All northern pike in the possession of any individual shall be not less than 24 inches in length, except that northern pike of any size may be possessed that are taken in the waters of the Mississippi River.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/10-25

    (515 ILCS 5/10-25) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-25)
    Sec. 10-25. Daily limit; northern pike, sauger, and walleye.
    (a) Except as provided in subsections (b) and (c), all properly licensed individuals shall be permitted to take, in any one day, no more than 3 northern pike, 6 sauger or walleye, or 6 in the aggregate of sauger and walleye.
    (b) In the waters of the Mississippi River between Iowa and Illinois, all properly licensed individuals shall be permitted to take, in any one day, no more than 5 northern pike, 10 sauger or walleye, or 10 in the aggregate of sauger and walleye.
    (c) In the waters of the Mississippi River between Missouri and Illinois, all properly licensed individuals shall be permitted to take, in any one day, no more than one northern pike, 8 sauger or walleye, or 8 in the aggregate of sauger and walleye.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/10-30

    (515 ILCS 5/10-30) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-30)
    Sec. 10-30. Bullfrog; open season. All individuals taking bullfrogs shall possess a valid sport fishing license and may take bullfrogs only during the following open season of June 15 through August 31, both inclusive.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/10-35

    (515 ILCS 5/10-35) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-35)
    Sec. 10-35. Daily limit; bullfrogs. The daily limit for all properly licensed individuals is 8 bullfrogs. The possession limit total is 16 bullfrogs.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/10-40

    (515 ILCS 5/10-40) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-40)
    Sec. 10-40. Taking of smelt. All individuals taking smelt by any method or with any device, including small mesh nets, shall have a valid sport fishing license.
    It shall be lawful to take smelt with a seine, gill net, or dip net. A seine or gill net shall not (1) exceed 12 feet in length, (2) exceed 6 feet in depth, or (3) have a mesh size greater than 1 1/2 inches diagonal stretch. A dip net shall not (1) exceed 12 feet in diameter or (2) have a mesh size less than 1 inch diagonal stretch. No individual shall operate more than one smelt net device at any one time. Individuals taking smelt as authorized by this Section are exempt from obtaining a commercial license. It shall be unlawful to possess any species taken in smelt net devices other than smelt. All fish taken in smelt net devices other than smelt must be returned immediately to the water.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/10-45

    (515 ILCS 5/10-45) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-45)
    Sec. 10-45. Taking of shad. All casting nets shall not be (1) larger than 8 feet in diameter or (2) of a mesh larger than 3/8 inch bar measurement. All shad scoops shall not be (1) larger than 30 inches in diameter, (2) of a mesh not larger than 1/2 inch bar measurement, or (3) longer than 4 feet in length. All individuals using either of these devices shall possess a valid sport fishing license.
(Source: P.A. 89-66, eff. 1-1-96.)

515 ILCS 5/10-50

    (515 ILCS 5/10-50) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-50)
    Sec. 10-50. Size limit; trout and salmon. All rainbow trout, lake trout, brown trout, brook trout, Atlantic salmon, coho salmon, chinook salmon, pink salmon, or other salmonids when taken or in the possession of a person after having been taken from the waters of Lake Michigan shall be not less than 10 inches in length.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/10-55

    (515 ILCS 5/10-55) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-55)
    Sec. 10-55. Taking of endangered species. No person shall take or possess any of the aquatic life listed in the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Act or subsequent administrative rules, except as provided by that Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/10-60

    (515 ILCS 5/10-60) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-60)
    Sec. 10-60. Taking of turtles or bullfrogs; illegal devices. No person shall take turtles or bullfrogs by commercial fishing devices, including hoop nets, traps, or seines, or by the use of firearms, airguns, or gas guns.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/10-65

    (515 ILCS 5/10-65) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-65)
    Sec. 10-65. Taking of snakes. Unless otherwise provided in this Code, snakes may be taken by the owners or bonafide tenants of lands actually residing on the lands and their children, parents, brothers, and sisters actually permanently residing with them.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/10-70

    (515 ILCS 5/10-70) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-70)
    Sec. 10-70. Aquatic life included in daily limit.
    (a) Any aquatic life taken into actual possession, unless released unharmed immediately, shall be included in the daily limit of the person having so taken the aquatic life for the day when taken.
    (b) Fish released unharmed by participants in a bona fide catch-and-release fishing tournament, which requires the participants to have a boat live well with a pump constantly adding fresh or recirculating water, shall not be included in the daily limit. However, at no time may the daily limit be exceeded.
(Source: P.A. 87-833; 88-3.)

515 ILCS 5/10-75

    (515 ILCS 5/10-75) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-75)
    Sec. 10-75. Application of Article. This Article 10 shall apply only to aquatic life in waters and lands wholly or in part within the boundaries of the State of Illinois.
    The provisions of Sections 10-5 through 10-75 are subject to modification by administrative rule.
    Aquatic life legally taken in and transported from other states or countries may be possessed within the State of Illinois, subject to the provisions of Sections 15-55 and 15-60 of this Code.
    Any aquatic life taken at any time except during an open season established under this Code, including administrative rules, or of a size less than the minimum provided by this Code, including administrative rules, shall be immediately returned, without unnecessary injury, to the waters from which taken.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/10-80

    (515 ILCS 5/10-80) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-80)
    Sec. 10-80. Illegal methods of taking. It shall be unlawful to take any aquatic life by the use of electricity or any electrical device; a lime, acid, medical, chemical, or mechanical compound or dope of any medicated drug; any drug or any fishberry; any dynamite, giant powder, nitro glycerine, or other explosives; or by means of a snare, treated grain, firearms of any kind, air gun or gas gun, wire basket, wire seine, wire net, wire trotline, or limb lines of any kind.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/10-85

    (515 ILCS 5/10-85) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-85)
    Sec. 10-85. Ice fishing. Fish may be taken through the ice by the use of not more than 3 poles and lines or 3 tipups at any one time and there may be not more than 2 hooks attached to each line. Any hole cut in the ice for the purpose of taking fish shall be not more than 12 inches in diameter. Any shelter placed or used on ice of any of the public waters of this State shall be a portable fishing shelter constructed of a frame-work of metal or wood covered with canvas, paper, wood, plastic material, or any similar material and that shelter shall have the name and address of the owner attached to it. Following March 1 of each ice fishing season the shelter must be removed at the end of each fishing day and shall not be left unattended at any time after that date.
    All fishing devices placed through the ice shall be attended and kept under the observation of the person having so placed the device at all times.
(Source: P.A. 91-66, eff. 7-9-99.)

515 ILCS 5/10-90

    (515 ILCS 5/10-90) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-90)
    Sec. 10-90. Snag line or pole. It shall be unlawful to use, set, place, or control any snag line or snag pole, meaning any line, cord, or pole to which a fish hook, a number of fish hooks, or clusters of fish hooks of any kind or description are attached and designed to be placed in, or drawn through, the water for the purpose of catching by drawing the hooks into the body of the fish except as may be otherwise provided by administrative rule.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/10-95

    (515 ILCS 5/10-95) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-95)
    Sec. 10-95. Number of hooks; untagged devices. Any individual possessing a valid sport fishing license may take aquatic life by hand, or may use pole and line, bank pole and line, throw line, trotline, buoyed ganging devices, or other legal devices not exceeding 50 hooks in the aggregate, however, any individual at any one time is allowed to use under his or her immediate control only 2 untagged sport fishing devices and any additional devices up to the aggregate of 50 hooks must be tagged with his or her name and mailing address. It shall be unlawful to sell or barter any aquatic life or parts thereof taken by sport fishing devices.
    A dip net for non-commercial smelt fishing in Lake Michigan may be used subject to the provisions of Section 10-40.
    Any sport fishing device, including trot line device, bank pole, and throw line or buoyed ganging devices, left unattended must be tagged with the name and mailing address of the operator. All required tags shall be in a position to be at all times exposed to public view.
    A sport fishing license permits the holder to seine for minnows, provided that minnows are not sold. The seine shall not be longer than 20 feet, deeper than 6 feet, or contain mesh larger than 1/2 inch bar measurement.
(Source: P.A. 89-66, eff. 1-1-96.)

515 ILCS 5/10-100

    (515 ILCS 5/10-100) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-100)
    Sec. 10-100. Release of aquatic life.
    (a) It shall be unlawful to release any aquatic life into the wild in this State without first securing permission of the Department to do so, except that the owner of a body of water may release aquatic life indigenous to the State of Illinois into waters wholly upon his or her property. The Department shall have the authority to promulgate necessary rules and regulations, under the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, regulating the possession, transportation, and shipping of aquatic life not indigenous to the State of Illinois. All aquatic life may be immediately returned unharmed from where they were taken.
    (b) It is unlawful to possess, transport, or release any live specimen or viable gametes of any species listed as injurious by administrative rule, unless authorized by that rule. A violation of this subsection (b) is a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 94-592, eff. 1-1-06.)

515 ILCS 5/10-105

    (515 ILCS 5/10-105) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-105)
    Sec. 10-105. Fish importation permits. Live fish, viable fish eggs, or viable sperm of any species or hybrid of salmon or trout may be imported into the State only by the holder of a fish importation permit and other required State permits. Importation permits shall be issued at no charge to a person who has applied on a Department special permit form, no less than 15 days nor more than 30 days before shipment, provided that the shipment is not considered detrimental to the fishery resource of the State.
    An importation permit shall be issued only if the source hatchery is inspected and found free of those diseases designated by administrative rule of the Department, or any other diseases, that may be detrimental to the fishery resource of the State. Inspections may be carried out only by persons recognized by the Department as competent in the diagnosis of fish diseases. An importation permit may be granted by the Department for extended periods of up to 6 months from the date the source hatchery is certified as being disease free. A permit may be cancelled upon the diagnosis of a disease at the source hatchery that may be detrimental to the fishery resource of the State. A letter of disease free certification, including date of examination, must be provided by the applicant.
    A copy of the fish importation permit shall accompany shipment. Fish, eggs, or viable sperm imported under this permit are subject to inspection by employees of the Department and may include taking samples for biological examination. Shipment of live fish, viable fish eggs, or viable sperm of salmon or trout into the State without a fish importation permit shall be considered detrimental to the fishery resource and shall be seized and disposed of by means found suitable to the Department.
    This Section does not apply to salmon or trout in transit through the State that will not be released from their original containers.
    Failure to comply with this Section is grounds for revocation of the aquaculture permit or fish dealers license, or both.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/10-110

    (515 ILCS 5/10-110) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-110)
    Sec. 10-110. Taking carp, buffalo, suckers, gar, bowfin, shad, and drum. Carp, buffalo, suckers, gar, bowfin, shad, and drum may be taken by means of a pitchfork, underwater spear gun, bow and arrow or bow and arrow device, including a sling shot bow, spear, or gig. Each person taking fish by these means shall possess a valid sport fishing license. Fish taken by these means shall not be sold or bartered. No other fish may be taken in this State by these means.
(Source: P.A. 98-182, eff. 8-5-13.)

515 ILCS 5/10-115

    (515 ILCS 5/10-115) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-115)
    Sec. 10-115. Taking of turtles. Turtles may be taken only by hand or means of hook and line. The provisions of this Section are subject to modification by administrative rule.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/10-120

    (515 ILCS 5/10-120) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-120)
    Sec. 10-120. Taking of mussels; illegal devices. It is unlawful for any person to take mussels by means of basket dredges or mechanical or suction devices.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/10-125

    (515 ILCS 5/10-125) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-125)
    Sec. 10-125. Device attached to tree. Any hook and line or sport fishing device for the purpose of taking or attempting to take fish, if attached to a tree, must be attached only to the main tree trunk below the water line.
(Source: P.A. 89-66, eff. 1-1-96.)

515 ILCS 5/10-130

    (515 ILCS 5/10-130) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-130)
    Sec. 10-130. Trolling; number of poles. It shall be unlawful for any individual to troll for fish with more than 3 poles and lines with more than 2 hooks or 2 lures attached to each device.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/10-135

    (515 ILCS 5/10-135) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-135)
    Sec. 10-135. Sport fishing charter boats. A "charter boat" is defined as any boat used in the business of carrying sport fishermen for hire into the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan for the purpose of sport fishing.
    It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a sport fishing charter boat in the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan without having first obtained a permit to do so from the Department. A permit is valid for a period of one year and expires each year on December 31. A charter boat permit shall be issued without fee to any Illinois resident and to any non-resident whose state of residence issues a charter boat permit without fee to Illinois residents. If, however, the state of residence of a non-resident charges a fee to Illinois residents for a charter boat permit, a fee shall be charged in Illinois for a permit to a non-resident in an amount equal to the fee charged to Illinois residents by the non-resident's state.
    All persons operating sport fishing charter boats in the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan must submit daily catch reports to the Department on forms furnished and in the manner prescribed by the Department. All daily catch reports for a given month must be submitted to the Department on or before the 15th day of the following month. Charter boat operators who fail to comply with this Section shall be subject to penalties as provided in Section 20-35 of this Code and noncompliance with this Section may be grounds for denial of future charter boat permits.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/10-140

    (515 ILCS 5/10-140) (from Ch. 56, par. 10-140)
    Sec. 10-140. Dip nets. Any individual possessing a valid sport fishing license may use a dip net to take carp, buffalo, carpsuckers, or shad for personal consumption. The taking of these fish with a dip net shall not be permitted within 100 feet of the base of any dam. Fish taken by this means shall not be sold or bartered. Except as otherwise provided by law, the taking of game fish by dip net without a commercial license shall be a petty offense punishable by a minimum fine of $100, plus confiscation of illegally used equipment under Article 1 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 89-66, eff. 1-1-96.)

515 ILCS 5/Art. 15

 
    (515 ILCS 5/Art. 15 heading)
ARTICLE 15. COMMERCIAL FISHING

515 ILCS 5/15-5

    (515 ILCS 5/15-5) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-5)
    Sec. 15-5. Commercial fisherman; license requirement.
    (a) A "commercial fisherman" is defined as any individual who uses any of the commercial fishing devices as defined by this Code for the taking of any aquatic life, except mussels, protected by the terms of this Code.
    (b) All commercial fishermen shall have a commercial fishing license. In addition to a commercial fishing license, a commercial fisherman shall also obtain a sport fishing license. All individuals assisting a licensed commercial fisherman in taking aquatic life, except mussels, from any waters of the State must have a commercial fishing license unless these individuals are under the direct supervision of and aboard the same watercraft as the licensed commercial fisherman. An individual assisting a licensed commercial fisherman must first obtain a sport fishing license.
    (c) A "Lake Michigan commercial fisherman" is defined as an individual who resides in this State or an Illinois corporation who uses any of the commercial fishing devices as defined by this Code for the taking of aquatic life, except mussels, protected by the terms of this Code.
    (d) For purposes of this Section, an act or omission that constitutes a violation committed by an officer, employee, or agent of a corporation shall be deemed the act or omission of the corporation.
(Source: P.A. 98-336, eff. 1-1-14.)

515 ILCS 5/15-10

    (515 ILCS 5/15-10) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-10)
    Sec. 15-10. Commercial musselor; license. A "commercial musselor" is defined as any individual who takes mussels by hand, except as provided by administrative rule, or who uses any of the mussel devices defined by this Code for the taking of mussels protected by the terms of this Code.
    All commercial musselors shall have a commercial mussel license. All individuals assisting a licensed commercial musselor in taking mussels from any waters of this State must have a commercial mussel license.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/15-15

    (515 ILCS 5/15-15) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-15)
    Sec. 15-15. Commercial fishing devices. "Commercial fishing devices" for the purposes of this Code are defined as follows: buoyed gangings, set gangings, bank pole and line, throw line or trot line having more than 50 hooks, seine, pocket seine, otter trawl, dip net, throw net, gill net, trammel net, basket trap, hoop net, wing net, pound net, trap net, any watercraft used as a primary collection device, and any and all other devices considered as commercial devices by the Department when used in the taking of any aquatic life, except mussels, protected by the terms of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 98-336, eff. 1-1-14.)

515 ILCS 5/15-20

    (515 ILCS 5/15-20) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-20)
    Sec. 15-20. Yellow perch, bloater chubs and smelt; method of taking. Bloater chubs, smelt, and yellow perch may be taken in Lake Michigan with gill nets or dip nets but no other net shall be used for taking these fish in Lake Michigan.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/15-25

    (515 ILCS 5/15-25) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-25)
    Sec. 15-25. Making holes in ice. Holes cut in ice for the purpose of seining and netting shall be marked so as to be clearly visible.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/15-30

    (515 ILCS 5/15-30) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-30)
    Sec. 15-30. Taking of trout, salmon, and whitefish by commercial devices. All trout, including lake trout, salmon, and lake whitefish, may not be taken by commercial fishing devices, including gill or pound nets. Any incidental catch of trout including lake trout, salmon, and lake whitefish taken in legal sized gill or pound nets must be returned immediately to the water.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/15-32

    (515 ILCS 5/15-32) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-32)
    Sec. 15-32. Yellow perch and bloater chub; commercial licenses.
    (a) The Department shall issue 5 commercial licenses for taking yellow perch and bloater chub. Five licenses shall be issued for the fishing year that began April 1, 1992, and the Department shall issue licenses from time to time so that 5 valid licenses are always outstanding at any one time. All licenses issued under this Section shall be valid for a period of 3 years. The catch limits established by the Department for the taking of yellow perch and bloater chub shall be the same for all active licensees.
    (b) Each commercial license for the 1992 fishing year and thereafter shall be issued as follows:
        (1) As to all individuals or corporations who held
    
valid licenses as of April 1, 1992, the licenses shall remain in force and effect.
        (2) Thereafter, licenses shall be issued as necessary
    
to reach and maintain a total of 5 outstanding licenses as follows:
            (A) First, to any individual or corporation as
        
described in Section 15-5 who was licensed through a harvest contract pursuant to the public lottery drawing conducted by the Director on June 27, 1975, but such individual or corporation did not hold a valid commercial license, for whatever reason, on April 1, 1992; provided, that the contractor shall have served any stated period of any license suspension or revocation established by an order of the Director. Among those individuals or corporations that meet the criteria under this item (A), priority shall be given to the individual or corporation that has been without a valid commercial license for the longest period of time.
            (B) Second, to any other individual or corporate
        
entrant who had his specific name drawn in the public lottery drawing conducted by the Director on June 27, 1975, but was not licensed as a harvest contractor at that time or thereafter.
            (C) Third, if there are insufficient license
        
applicants available at the beginning of any fishing year who meet the requirements for licensure under this Section for the Director to issue 5 licenses, the Director shall order and conduct a new public lottery drawing before the commencement of the fishing year and shall draw the applicant list from a roster of qualified operators.
(Source: P.A. 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)

515 ILCS 5/15-35

    (515 ILCS 5/15-35) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-35)
    Sec. 15-35. Mussels; open season. Mussels may be taken only during the period of April 1 to September 30, both inclusive, and then only from sunrise to sunset and only by means of crowfoot bars or hand picking, with or without the aid of air breathing apparatus. Mussels may be taken from the Mississippi, Ohio, Wabash, and Illinois rivers. Mussel fishing is permitted in other waters only upon written authorization from the Department.
(Source: P.A. 90-490, eff. 8-17-97.)

515 ILCS 5/15-40

    (515 ILCS 5/15-40) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-40)
    Sec. 15-40. Mussels; size limit. All mussels taken shall be not less than 2 1/2 inches on the shortest line from the center of the hinge side and at a right angle across the shell to the outer edge.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/15-45

    (515 ILCS 5/15-45) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-45)
    Sec. 15-45. Commercial possession. Any person operating commercial fishing or mussel devices shall have in his or her possession only those species of aquatic life specified in administrative rules.
(Source: P.A. 89-66, eff. 1-1-96.)

515 ILCS 5/15-46

    (515 ILCS 5/15-46)
    Sec. 15-46. Taking of roe-bearing species by commercial device.
    (a) All commercial fishermen shall procure a commercial roe harvest permit in addition to their commercial fishing license before taking roe-bearing species with commercial fishing devices from the waters of the State legally open to commercial fishing. Any person found guilty of a violation of this subsection (a) is subject to the penalties provided in Section 20-91 of this Code.
    (b) Any incidental catch of aquatic life not authorized for taking with commercial devices must be returned immediately without harm to the water. Any person found guilty of a violation of this subsection (b) is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 95-147, eff. 8-14-07.)

515 ILCS 5/15-50

    (515 ILCS 5/15-50) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-50)
    Sec. 15-50. Regulation. Except as provided in Section 20-90 no person shall buy, sell or barter, or offer to buy, sell or barter, nor shall any commercial institution or any regularly operated refrigerated storage establishment have in its possession, aquatic life protected by this Code except those species taken under the conditions and of the size described in Sections 15-55 and 15-60 and administrative rules pertaining to the taking of commercial fish or mussels. Any person who is found guilty of violating this Section shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/15-55

    (515 ILCS 5/15-55) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-55)
    Sec. 15-55. Aquatic life taken outside State and brought into State. When legally taken from waters wholly outside the jurisdiction of the State of Illinois and legally transported into the State of Illinois, any aquatic life of a legal size in the place of origin shall be deemed to be of legal size in the State of Illinois if all containers in which the aquatic life are contained or transported are clearly labeled with the State and county of origin and also bear the name and mailing address of the party having transported the aquatic life into the State of Illinois. Any aquatic life not labeled as provided in this Section is prima facie evidence that protected aquatic life has been taken in the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/15-60

    (515 ILCS 5/15-60) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-60)
    Sec. 15-60. Legal size; various species. When taken from waters wholly or in part within the boundaries of the State of Illinois, except from the Ohio River, the following species shall be not less in size than provided in this Section: channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, or white catfish, 15 inches in length undressed or 12 inches in length dressed.
(Source: P.A. 90-57, eff. 1-1-98.)

515 ILCS 5/15-65

    (515 ILCS 5/15-65) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-65)
    Sec. 15-65. Modification by rule. The provisions of Sections 15-20 through 15-60 are subject to modification by administrative rule.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/15-70

    (515 ILCS 5/15-70) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-70)
    Sec. 15-70. Proof of taking in another state. Failure to establish proof that aquatic life protected by this Code was legally acquired in another state and then imported into the State of Illinois is prima facie evidence that the aquatic life was taken within the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/15-75

    (515 ILCS 5/15-75) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-75)
    Sec. 15-75. Record of catch; inspection of record. Commercial fishermen, musselors, and commercial roe harvesters shall keep an accurate record of their catch. This record, showing the species and number of pounds of fish, mussels, or roe taken, type of commercial devices used, and location from which taken, shall be open for inspection by the employees of the Department at all times. This information shall be submitted to the Department on forms furnished for that purpose by the Department and at intervals prescribed by the Department. Failure to submit reports, as required, shall be grounds for license suspension or revocation.
(Source: P.A. 95-147, eff. 8-14-07.)

515 ILCS 5/15-80

    (515 ILCS 5/15-80) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-80)
    Sec. 15-80. Otter trawl. It is unlawful for any person to use any otter trawl or modified bag seine used in the manner of an otter trawl in any of the waters within the jurisdiction of this State. In the waters of Lake Michigan under the jurisdiction of the State of Illinois, however, an otter trawl or other developmental commercial fishing gear operated by suitable boat or launch may be used in accordance with regulatory provisions provided by the Department as a cooperative measure with other States bordering the Great Lakes, including United States and Canadian governmental agencies.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/15-85

    (515 ILCS 5/15-85) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-85)
    Sec. 15-85. Dragging nets. It shall be unlawful to pull, drag, haul, or draw to, towards, or near the shore of any body of water, or to or against a backstop, a net device of any kind except a seine. Nothing in this Section, however, shall prohibit the use of a trammel or gill net attached to a single boat while the net is being placed, set, or adjusted.
(Source: P.A. 95-147, eff. 8-14-07.)

515 ILCS 5/15-90

    (515 ILCS 5/15-90) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-90)
    Sec. 15-90. Nets or seines in Lake Michigan. It shall be unlawful to set, drift, or drag any net or seine except a minnow seine in Lake Michigan within 1,000 yards of any pier or pillar or of the low water mark on the shore line.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/15-95

    (515 ILCS 5/15-95) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-95)
    Sec. 15-95. Dragging trot, set, or throw lines. It shall be unlawful to drag, pull, or move through the water any trot, set, or throw line in a manner that snares or causes hooks to be drawn into the body of the fish.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/15-100

    (515 ILCS 5/15-100) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-100)
    Sec. 15-100. Length and mesh size of seine. Except as provided in Sections 20-5 through 20-25, any person may use a single seine not exceeding 100 yards in length of 1 1/2 inch bar measurement. In all seines over 100 yards in length it shall be unlawful at any time to use any mesh less than 2 inch bar measurement except that all seines over 100 yards in length may have a section of the seine not more than 300 feet in length of 1 1/2 inch bar measurement. No seine shall be more than 1500 yards in length. If seines are more than 200 yards in length they must be operated with a backstop constructed of vertical slats not less than 1 1/4 inches apart or 3 inch bar measurement netting or of chicken wire or metallic cloths of not less than 1 1/2 inches square and shall not be dragged or otherwise operated in less than 2 feet of water.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/15-105

    (515 ILCS 5/15-105) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-105)
    Sec. 15-105. Devices near spillways, fishways, lakes, and dams. It shall be unlawful to use or operate any commercial devices within 300 yards above or below all spillways, fishways, or locks or dams of any type or in a manner that obstructs more than one-half the width of any stream or watercourse.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/15-110

    (515 ILCS 5/15-110) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-110)
    Sec. 15-110. Seines for minnows or crayfish. It is unlawful to use a seine for the taking of minnows or crayfish that has mesh larger than 1/2 inch bar measurement or is larger than 20 feet in length or 6 feet in depth. Minnow seines used in waters designated by the Department by administrative rule for commercial fishing, however, may be of any length but not more than 6 feet in depth with a bag not more than 6 feet in length.
    Minnow traps are unlawful if they are more than 24 inches in width or diameter or 36 inches in length or use a mesh more than 1/2 inch bar measurement. Minnow dip nets shall be unlawful if they are more than 48 inches in width or diameter.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/15-115

    (515 ILCS 5/15-115) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-115)
    Sec. 15-115. Basket traps and hoop nets. Except as provided in Section 20-25, it is unlawful to use any basket trap other than a basket trap constructed of wood or plastic slats. A legal trap must have an unobstructed opening or openings in the rear end of the trap not less than 1 1/2 inches square. It is unlawful to use a hoop net of mesh less than 1 inch bar measurement, or attached wings and leads of a material smaller than number 9 twine.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/15-120

    (515 ILCS 5/15-120) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-120)
    Sec. 15-120. Mesh size of dip nets. It shall be unlawful to use any dip net having a mesh less than 1 1/2 inches bar measurement or more than 15 feet square or in diameter.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/15-125

    (515 ILCS 5/15-125) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-125)
    Sec. 15-125. Live box or live net. All live boxes and live nets in which any aquatic life protected by this Code is held shall be plainly labeled with the name and address of the owner.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/15-130

    (515 ILCS 5/15-130) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-130)
    Sec. 15-130. Gill or trammel net. It shall be unlawful to use a gill or trammel net except in the Mississippi River, in the Ohio River, and in the Illinois River from its mouth up to the Illinois River bridge, Highway Route 89, including adjacent backwaters but not above the mouth of any stream, ditch, or tributary connected to these backwaters. No trammel net used under this Section shall have meshes less than 2 inches bar measurement and no gill net used under this Section shall have meshes less than 4 inches bar measurement. No gill or trammel net shall be less than 100 feet in length.
    All gill or trammel nets that are set in any body of water shall be under the immediate supervision of the operator, who may be the licensee or his or her employee, except (i) from May 1 to September 30, (ii) when the nets are set under the ice, (iii) from sunset to sunrise, or (iv) as specified by administrative rule. Immediate supervision shall be defined as the operator being on the waters where the nets are set to be readily available to identify the nets to law enforcement officers empowered to enforce this Code. It shall be unlawful for any employee on any one day to lift or attend nets of more than one licensee.
    All gill or trammel nets set under the ice shall be at a distance of not less than 100 yards from any natural opening in the ice.
    The Department may modify provisions of this Section as provided in Section 1-135.
(Source: P.A. 95-147, eff. 8-14-07.)

515 ILCS 5/15-135

    (515 ILCS 5/15-135) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-135)
    Sec. 15-135. License in possession.
    (a) It is unlawful, for the purposes of operation of fishing or musseling devices, (i) for licensed commercial fishermen or musselors to loan licenses to any other individual, or (ii) for any person to possess the license of another.
    (b) It shall be unlawful to disturb in any manner the licensed devices of another person without consent of that person.
(Source: P.A. 95-147, eff. 8-14-07.)

515 ILCS 5/15-140

    (515 ILCS 5/15-140) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-140)
    Sec. 15-140. Spacing of hooks. All trot lines, throw lines, or similar devices except trolley or power lines used in Lake Michigan shall have hooks spaced at intervals of not less than 24 inches.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/15-145

    (515 ILCS 5/15-145) (from Ch. 56, par. 15-145)
    Sec. 15-145. Tagging commercial devices. It shall be the responsibility of each person licensed as a commercial fisherman or musselor to furnish and attach to each commercial device being used a metal tag inscribed with the name and address of the licensee. Absence of this tagging shall be prima facie evidence that the commercial fishing or mussel device or devices are illegally used and the devices shall be confiscated and disposed of as directed by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/15-150

    (515 ILCS 5/15-150)
    Sec. 15-150. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 87-833. Repealed by P.A. 95-147, eff. 8-14-07.)

515 ILCS 5/15-155

    (515 ILCS 5/15-155)
    Sec. 15-155. Watercraft used as a primary collection device for commercial fishes. Any person licensed as a commercial fisherman who wishes to use their watercraft as a primary collection device for commercial fishes must first obtain a commercial watercraft device tag. All watercraft used as a primary collection device must be legally licensed by the State and be in compliance with all Coast Guard boating regulations. This Section does not apply to any person taking Asian Carp by the aid of a boat for non-commercial purposes.
(Source: P.A. 98-336, eff. 1-1-14.)

515 ILCS 5/Art. 20

 
    (515 ILCS 5/Art. 20 heading)
ARTICLE 20. LICENSES AND PERMITS; EXEMPTIONS

515 ILCS 5/20-5

    (515 ILCS 5/20-5) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-5)
    Sec. 20-5. Necessity of license; exemptions.
    (a) Any person taking or attempting to take any fish, including minnows for commercial purposes, turtles, mussels, crayfish, or frogs by any means whatever in any waters or lands wholly or in part within the jurisdiction of the State, including that part of Lake Michigan under the jurisdiction of this State, shall first obtain a license to do so, and shall do so only during the respective periods of the year when it shall be lawful as provided in this Code. Individuals under 16, blind or disabled residents, or individuals fishing at fee fishing areas licensed by the Department, however, may fish with sport fishing devices without being required to have a license. For the purpose of this Section an individual is blind or disabled if that individual has a Class 2 disability as defined in Section 4A of the Illinois Identification Card Act. For purposes of this Section an Illinois Person with a Disability Identification Card issued under the Illinois Identification Card Act indicating that the individual named on the card has a Class 2 disability shall be adequate documentation of a disability.
    (b) A courtesy non-resident sport fishing license or stamp may be issued at the discretion of the Director, without fee, to (i) any individual officially employed in the wildlife and fish or conservation department of another state or of the United States who is within the State to assist or consult or cooperate with the Director or (ii) the officials of other states, the United States, foreign countries, or officers or representatives of conservation organizations or publications while in the State as guests of the Governor or Director.
    (c) The Director may issue special fishing permits without cost to groups of hospital patients or handicapped individuals for use on specified dates in connection with supervised fishing for therapy.
    (d) Veterans who, according to the determination of the Veterans' Administration as certified by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, are at least 10% disabled with service-related disabilities or in receipt of total disability pensions may fish with sport fishing devices during those periods of the year it is lawful to do so without being required to have a license, on the condition that their respective disabilities do not prevent them from fishing in a manner which is safe to themselves and others.
    (e) Each year the Director may designate a period, not to exceed 4 days in duration, when sport fishermen may fish waters wholly or in part within the jurisdiction of the State, including that part of Lake Michigan under the jurisdiction of the State, and not be required to obtain the license or stamp required by subsection (a) of this Section, Section 20-10 or subsection (a) of Section 20-55. The term of any such period shall be established by administrative rule. This subsection shall not apply to commercial fishing.
    (f) The Director may issue special fishing permits without cost for a group event, restricted to specific dates and locations if it is determined by the Department that the event is beneficial in promoting sport fishing in Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 97-1064, eff. 1-1-13.)

515 ILCS 5/20-10

    (515 ILCS 5/20-10) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-10)
    Sec. 20-10. Salmon stamp. Any individual taking or attempting to take salmon in Lake Michigan shall, in addition to any other license required by this Code, first obtain a salmon stamp authorized by the Department and affix it to his or her license. Individuals not required to obtain a license are not required to obtain a salmon stamp.
(Source: P.A. 87-135; 87-833; 87-895; 88-91.)

515 ILCS 5/20-11

    (515 ILCS 5/20-11)
    Sec. 20-11. Inland trout stamp. Any individual taking or attempting to take trout in all waters except Lake Michigan shall, in addition to any other license required by this Code, first obtain an inland trout stamp authorized by the Department. Individuals not required to obtain a license are not required to obtain an inland trout stamp.
(Source: P.A. 88-91.)

515 ILCS 5/20-15

    (515 ILCS 5/20-15) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-15)
    Sec. 20-15. Owners fishing own land; exemption. The owners or bona fide tenants of lands, actually residing on the lands and their children, parents, brothers, and sisters actually permanently residing with them have the right to take with a sport fishing device fish of the kind permitted to be taken or caught under this Code from waters lying upon or flowing over the lands without procuring licenses to do so. This exemption does not apply to club lakes, organizational lakes, or lake developments. Any individual on active duty with the armed forces of the United States who is now and was at the time of entering the Armed Forces a resident of Illinois, who entered the Armed Forces from this State, and who is presently on ordinary or emergency leave from the Armed Forces has the right to catch or take with a sport fishing device fish permitted to be taken or caught by this Code without procuring a license. Any individual exempt from licensure under this Section has only the authority and privileges in taking fish as are provided by this Code. Fishing by an exempt individual may be done only during seasons when it is lawful.
(Source: P.A. 96-1226, eff. 1-1-11.)

515 ILCS 5/20-20

    (515 ILCS 5/20-20) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-20)
    Sec. 20-20. Non-resident licenses. Any individuals 16 years of age or older not residents of the State of Illinois shall, before taking or attempting to take any aquatic life protected by this Code by any means whatever in the State of Illinois, obtain a non-resident license to do so. In addition, before taking or attempting to take salmon from Lake Michigan, a non-resident 16 years of age or older shall obtain a salmon stamp authorized by the Department, and before taking or attempting to take trout from all waters except Lake Michigan, a non-resident 16 years of age or older shall obtain an inland trout stamp authorized by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 87-833; 88-91.)

515 ILCS 5/20-25

    (515 ILCS 5/20-25) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-25)
    Sec. 20-25. Persons controlling artificial lakes. The owners or tenants residing on, or members of private clubs that own or control by lease, lands encompassing artificial lakes of less than 30 acres that belong to the property and are supplied with waters from springs or surface drainage of intermittent streams are permitted to catch or take any of the fish protected by this Code, except largemouth, smallmouth, or spotted bass, with any size mesh hoop nets constructed of cotton, linen, or synthetic cord, or any size mesh seines not to exceed 100 yards in length, wire nets or baskets or traps, with or without wings, of any size mesh, from these ponds or lakes without obtaining any license for the devices, and then only for the purpose of fish management.
    Any fish designated by administrative rule concerning commercial species so taken may be disposed of by sale or barter. Any other fish so taken may not be sold or bartered.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/20-30

    (515 ILCS 5/20-30) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-30)
    Sec. 20-30. Application; issuance of license. No license shall be issued to use sport fishing or trot line devices, or any other fishing devices, until application has been made to the Department, to any county, city, village, township, or incorporated town clerk, or any other person authorized or designated by the Department to issue licenses. Each clerk designating agents to issue licenses and salmon stamps shall furnish the Department, within 10 days following the appointment, the names and mailing addresses of the agents. Applications shall be executed and sworn to and shall set forth the name and description of the applicant and place of residence. No license or salmon stamp shall be issued except upon definite proof of identity and place of legal residence.
    No clerk shall sell any license or salmon stamp at any place other than within the territorial area for which he or she was elected or appointed. No duly designated agent is authorized to furnish licenses or salmon stamps for issuance by any other business establishment.
(Source: P.A. 89-66, eff. 1-1-96; 90-225, eff. 7-25-97.)

515 ILCS 5/20-35

    (515 ILCS 5/20-35) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-35)
    Sec. 20-35. Offenses.
    (a) Except as prescribed in Section 5-25 and unless otherwise provided in this Code, any person who is found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this Code, including administrative rules, is guilty of a petty offense.
    Any person who violates any of the provisions of Section 15-45 or 15-60, including administrative rules related to those Sections, is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.
    Any person who violates any of the provisions of Section 5-20, 10-5, 10-10, 10-15, 10-20, 10-25, 10-30, 10-35, 10-50, 10-60, 10-70, 10-75, 10-95, 10-115, 10-135, 15-5, 15-10, 15-15, 15-20, 15-30, 15-32, 15-40, 15-46(b), 15-55, 15-60, 15-65, 15-80, 15-85, 15-90, 15-95, 15-100, 15-105, 15-110, 15-115, 15-120, 15-130, 20-70, 20-75, 20-80, 20-85 (except subsections (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), and (g)), 20-125(c), 25-5, 25-10, 25-15, or 25-20 of this Code, including administrative rules relating to those Sections, is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
    Any person who violates any of the provisions of Section 1-200, 1-205, 10-55, 10-80, 10-100(b), 15-35, 15-46(a), 15-135, 20-91, 20-92, 20-120, or 20-125(d) of this Code, including administrative rules relating to those Sections, is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
    Any person who violates any of the provisions of this Code, including administrative rules, during the 5 years following the revocation of his or her license, permit, or privileges under Section 20-105 is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
    Any person who violates Section 5-25 of this Code, including administrative rules, is guilty of a Class 3 felony except as otherwise provided in subsection (a) of Section 5-25.
    (b)(1) It is unlawful for any person to take or attempt to take aquatic life from any aquatic life farm except with the consent of the owner of the aquatic life farm. Any person possessing fishing tackle on the premises of an aquatic life farm is presumed to be fishing. The presumption may be rebutted by clear and convincing evidence. All fishing tackle, apparatus, and vehicles used in the violation of this subsection (b) shall be confiscated by the arresting officer. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the seizure and confiscation procedures set forth in Section 1-215 of this Code shall apply. If the confiscated property is determined by the circuit court to have been used in the violation of this subsection (b), the confiscated property shall be sold at public auction by the county sheriff of the county where the violation occurred. The proceeds of the sale shall be deposited in the county general fund; provided that the auction may be stayed by an appropriate court order.
    (2) A violation of paragraph (1) of this subsection (b) is a Class A misdemeanor for a first offense and a Class 4 felony for a second or subsequent offense.
    (c)(1) It is unlawful for any person to trespass or fish on an aquatic life farm located on a strip mine lake or other body of water used for aquatic life farming operations, or within a 200 foot buffer zone surrounding cages or netpens that are clearly delineated by buoys of a posted aquatic life farm, by swimming, scuba diving, or snorkeling in, around, or under the aquatic life farm or by operating a watercraft over, around, or in the aquatic life farm without the consent of the owner of the aquatic life farm.
    (2) A violation of paragraph (1) of this subsection (c) is a Class B misdemeanor for a first offense and a Class A misdemeanor for a second or subsequent offense. All fishing tackle, apparatus, and watercraft used in a second or subsequent violation of this subsection (c) shall be confiscated by the arresting officer. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the seizure and confiscation procedures set forth in Section 1-215 of this Code shall apply. If the confiscated property is determined by the circuit court to have been used in a violation of this subsection (c), the confiscated property shall be sold at public auction by the county sheriff of the county where the violation occurred. The proceeds of the sale shall be deposited in the county general fund; provided that the auction may be stayed by an appropriate court order.
    (d) Offenses committed by minors under the direct control or with the consent of a parent or guardian may subject the parent or guardian to the penalties prescribed in this Section or as otherwise provided in this Code.
    (e) In addition to any fines imposed under this Section, or as otherwise provided in this Code, any person found guilty of unlawfully taking or possessing any aquatic life protected by this Code shall be assessed a civil penalty for that aquatic life in accordance with the values prescribed in Section 5-25 of this Code. This civil penalty shall be imposed at the time of the conviction by the Circuit Court for the county where the offense was committed. Except as otherwise provided for in subsections (b) and (c) of this Section, all penalties provided for in this Section shall be remitted to the Department in accordance with the provisions of Section 1-180 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 94-222, eff. 7-14-05; 94-592, eff. 1-1-06; 95-147, eff. 8-14-07; 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

515 ILCS 5/20-40

    (515 ILCS 5/20-40) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-40)
    Sec. 20-40. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 88-91.)

515 ILCS 5/20-45

    (515 ILCS 5/20-45) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-45)
    Sec. 20-45. License fees for residents. Fees for licenses for residents of the State of Illinois shall be as follows:
        (a) Except as otherwise provided in this Section, for
    
sport fishing devices as defined in Section 10-95 or spearing devices as defined in Section 10-110, the fee is $14.50 for individuals 16 to 64 years old, one-half of the current fishing license fee for individuals age 65 or older, and, commencing with the 2012 license year, one-half of the current fishing license fee for resident veterans of the United States Armed Forces after returning from service abroad or mobilization by the President of the United States. Veterans must provide, to the Department at one of the Department's 5 regional offices, verification of their service. The Department shall establish what constitutes suitable verification of service for the purpose of issuing fishing licenses to resident veterans at a reduced fee.
        (b) All residents before using any commercial fishing
    
device shall obtain a commercial fishing license, the fee for which shall be $60 and a resident fishing license, the fee for which is $14.50. Each and every commercial device used shall be licensed by a resident commercial fisherman as follows:
            (1) For each 100 lineal yards, or fraction
        
thereof, of seine the fee is $18. For each minnow seine, minnow trap, or net for commercial purposes the fee is $20.
            (2) For each device to fish with a 100 hook trot
        
line device, basket trap, hoop net, or dip net the fee is $3.
            (3) When used in the waters of Lake Michigan, for
        
the first 2000 lineal feet, or fraction thereof, of gill net the fee is $10; and for each 1000 additional lineal feet, or fraction thereof, the fee is $10. These fees shall apply to all gill nets in use in the water or on drying reels on the shore.
            (4) For each 100 lineal yards, or fraction
        
thereof, of gill net or trammel net the fee is $18.
        (c) Residents of the State of Illinois may obtain a
    
sportsmen's combination license that shall entitle the holder to the same non-commercial fishing privileges as residents holding a license as described in subsection (a) of this Section and to the same hunting privileges as residents holding a license to hunt all species as described in Section 3.1 of the Wildlife Code. No sportsmen's combination license shall be issued to any individual who would be ineligible for either the fishing or hunting license separately. The sportsmen's combination license fee shall be $25.50. For residents age 65 or older, the fee is one-half of the fee charged for a sportsmen's combination license. For resident veterans of the United States Armed Forces after returning from service abroad or mobilization by the President of the United States, the fee, commencing with the 2012 license year, is one-half of the fee charged for a sportsmen's combination license. Veterans must provide to the Department, at one of the Department's 5 regional offices, verification of their service. The Department shall establish what constitutes suitable verification of service for the purpose of issuing sportsmen's combination licenses to resident veterans at a reduced fee.
        (d) For 24 hours of fishing by sport fishing devices
    
as defined in Section 10-95 or by spearing devices as defined in Section 10-110 the fee is $5. This license does not exempt the licensee from the requirement for a salmon or inland trout stamp. The licenses provided for by this subsection are not required for residents of the State of Illinois who have obtained the license provided for in subsection (a) of this Section.
        (e) All residents before using any commercial mussel
    
device shall obtain a commercial mussel license, the fee for which shall be $50.
        (f) Residents of this State, upon establishing
    
residency as required by the Department, may obtain a lifetime hunting or fishing license or lifetime sportsmen's combination license which shall entitle the holder to the same non-commercial fishing privileges as residents holding a license as described in paragraph (a) of this Section and to the same hunting privileges as residents holding a license to hunt all species as described in Section 3.1 of the Wildlife Code. No lifetime sportsmen's combination license shall be issued to or retained by any individual who would be ineligible for either the fishing or hunting license separately, either upon issuance, or in any year a violation would subject an individual to have either or both fishing or hunting privileges rescinded. The lifetime hunting and fishing license fees shall be as follows:
            (1) Lifetime fishing: 30 x the current fishing
        
license fee.
            (2) Lifetime hunting: 30 x the current hunting
        
license fee.
            (3) Lifetime sportsmen's combination license: 30
        
x the current sportsmen's combination license fee.
    Lifetime licenses shall not be refundable. A $10 fee shall be charged for reissuing any lifetime license. The Department may establish rules and regulations for the issuance and use of lifetime licenses and may suspend or revoke any lifetime license issued under this Section for violations of those rules or regulations or other provisions under this Code or the Wildlife Code. Individuals under 16 years of age who possess a lifetime hunting or sportsmen's combination license shall have in their possession, while in the field, a certificate of competency as required under Section 3.2 of the Wildlife Code. Any lifetime license issued under this Section shall not exempt individuals from obtaining additional stamps or permits required under the provisions of this Code or the Wildlife Code. Individuals required to purchase additional stamps shall sign the stamps and have them in their possession while fishing or hunting with a lifetime license. All fees received from the issuance of lifetime licenses shall be deposited in the Fish and Wildlife Endowment Fund.
    Except for licenses issued under subsection (e) of this Section, all licenses provided for in this Section shall expire on March 31 of each year, except that the license provided for in subsection (d) of this Section shall expire 24 hours after the effective date and time listed on the face of the license.
    All individuals required to have and failing to have the license provided for in subsection (a) or (d) of this Section shall be fined according to the provisions of Section 20-35 of this Code.
    All individuals required to have and failing to have the licenses provided for in subsections (b) and (e) of this Section shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 96-831, eff. 1-1-10; 97-498, eff. 4-1-12; 97-1136, eff. 1-1-13.)

515 ILCS 5/20-47

    (515 ILCS 5/20-47)
    Sec. 20-47. Military members returning from mobilization and service outside the United States.
    (a) After returning from service abroad or mobilization by the President of the United States as an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces, the Illinois National Guard, or the Reserves of the United States Armed Forces, an Illinois resident may fish as permitted by this Code without paying any fees required to obtain a fishing license for the time period prescribed by subsection (b) of this Section if the Illinois resident applies for a license within 2 years after returning from service abroad or mobilization. The applicant shall provide acceptable verification of service or mobilization to the Department either at the Department's office in Springfield or at a Regional Office of the Department.
    (b) For each year that an applicant is an active duty member pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section, the applicant shall receive one free fishing license. For the purposes of this determination, if the period of active duty is a portion of a year (for example, one year and 3 months), the applicant will be credited with a full year for the portion of a year served.
    (c) (Blank).
    (d) For the purposes of this Section, "acceptable verification of service or mobilization" means official documentation from the Department of Defense or the appropriate Major Command showing mobilization dates or service abroad dates, including: (i) a DD-214, (ii) a letter from the Illinois Department of Military Affairs for members of the Illinois National Guard, (iii) a letter from the Regional Reserve Command for members of the Armed Forces Reserve, (iv) a letter from the Major Command covering Illinois for active duty members, (v) personnel records for mobilized State employees, and (vi) any other documentation that the Department, by administrative rule, deems acceptable to establish dates of mobilization or service abroad.
    (e) For the purposes of this Section, the term "service abroad" means active duty service outside of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and includes all active duty service in territories and possessions of the United States.
(Source: P.A. 96-1014, eff. 1-1-11.)

515 ILCS 5/20-50

    (515 ILCS 5/20-50) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-50)
    Sec. 20-50. Salmon stamp fee. The fee for a salmon stamp shall be $6 for both resident and non-resident licensees. Every person shall sign the salmon stamp or affix the salmon stamp to his or her license. These stamps shall expire on March 31 of each year. All individuals required to have and failing to have a salmon stamp as provided in Section 20-10 of this Code shall be guilty of a petty offense.
(Source: P.A. 87-833; 88-91.)

515 ILCS 5/20-51

    (515 ILCS 5/20-51)
    Sec. 20-51. Inland trout stamp. The fee for an inland trout stamp shall be $6 for both resident and nonresident licensees. These stamps shall expire on March 31 of each year. All individuals required to have and who fail to have an inland trout stamp, as provided in Section 20-11 of this Code, shall be guilty of a petty offense.
(Source: P.A. 88-91.)

515 ILCS 5/20-55

    (515 ILCS 5/20-55) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-55)
    Sec. 20-55. License fees for non-residents. Fees for licenses for non-residents of the State of Illinois are as follows:
    (a) For sport fishing devices as defined by Section 10-95, or spearing devices as defined in Section 10-110, non-residents age 16 or older shall be charged $31 for a fishing license to fish. For sport fishing devices as defined by Section 10-95, or spearing devices as defined in Section 10-110, for a period not to exceed 3 consecutive days fishing in the State of Illinois the fee is $15.00.
    For sport fishing devices as defined in Section 10-95, or spearing devices as defined in Section 10-110, for 24 hours of fishing the fee is $10. This license does not exempt the licensee from the salmon or inland trout stamp requirement.
    (b) All non-residents before using any commercial fishing device shall obtain a non-resident commercial fishing license, the fee for which shall be $300 and a non-resident fishing licensing. Each and every commercial device shall be licensed by a non-resident commercial fisherman as follows:
        (1) For each 100 lineal yards, or fraction thereof,
    
of seine (excluding minnow seines) the fee is $36.
        (2) For each device to fish with a 100 hook trot line
    
device, basket trap, hoop net, or dip net the fee is $6.
        (3) For each 100 lineal yards, or fraction thereof,
    
of trammel net the fee is $36.
        (4) For each 100 lineal yards, or fraction thereof,
    
of gill net the fee is $36.
    All persons required to have and failing to have the license provided for in subsection (a) of this Section shall be fined under Section 20-35 of this Code. Each person required to have and failing to have the licenses required under subsection (b) of this Section shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
    All licenses provided for in this Section shall expire on March 31 of each year; except that the 24-hour license for sport fishing devices or spearing devices shall expire 24 hours after the effective date and time listed on the face of the license and licenses for sport fishing devices or spearing devices for a period not to exceed 3 consecutive days fishing in the State of Illinois as provided in subsection (a) of this Section shall expire at midnight on the tenth day after issued, not counting the day issued.
(Source: P.A. 96-831, eff. 1-1-10; 97-1136, eff. 1-1-13.)

515 ILCS 5/20-60

    (515 ILCS 5/20-60) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-60)
    Sec. 20-60. Reciprocal fishing agreements. The Department of Natural Resources may in its discretion enter into reciprocal fishing agreements with the States of Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Indiana to permit persons licensed or legally exempt from licenses by those states to fish in any of the waters forming a boundary between those states and the State of Illinois and lying within the territorial jurisdiction of this State in the same manner and to the same extent that persons holding or legally exempt from Illinois licenses may do if the laws of Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Indiana, respectively, extend a similar privilege to persons licensed or legally exempt under the laws of this State. Such an agreement shall be made subject, however, to the duties, responsibilities, and liabilities imposed on its own licensees by the terms of this Code and the laws of this State and shall be further subject to revocation at any time whenever revocation shall be deemed necessary in the discretion of the Department of Natural Resources of this State.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

515 ILCS 5/20-65

    (515 ILCS 5/20-65) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-65)
    Sec. 20-65. Tags for devices. Each licensee of any of the devices or boats named in this Code, other than a sport fishing device, shall receive from the person issuing the license a tag, furnished by the Department. The tag shall be attached to the device licensed in the following manner:
        (a) On a seine the tag shall be attached to the brail
    
or to the leader line adjoining the brail on either end of the seine.
        (b) Nets of any type shall be tagged on the rear
    
hoop, tail line, or on the tail pole if a pole is used as part of the net device.
        (c) All other devices shall be tagged in a position
    
that is at all times exposed to public view.
    The Department may furnish sport fishing licensees with an insignia as evidence of possession of licenses as the Department may consider advisable. The insignia shall be exhibited and used as the Department may establish by rule.
(Source: P.A. 89-66, eff. 1-1-96.)

515 ILCS 5/20-70

    (515 ILCS 5/20-70) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-70)
    Sec. 20-70. Non-resident and resident aquatic life dealers.
    (a) Non-resident aquatic life dealers. Any person not a resident of Illinois who sells or ships to other wholesalers, retailers, or consumers any of the aquatic life protected by this Code, whether from waters within or without the State is a non-resident aquatic life dealer within the meaning of this Code.
    All licenses issued to non-resident aquatic life dealers are valid only in the location described and designated in the application for the license. Wholesalers may deliver their products by truck or common carrier of any type but must possess a separate license for each truck from which aquatic life are being sold if business is solicited from the trucks.
    Application for a non-resident aquatic life dealer's license shall be made to and upon forms furnished by the Department and shall be in the form as the Department may prescribe. The annual fee for a non-resident aquatic life dealer's license shall be $100. All non-resident aquatic life dealer licenses shall expire on January 31 of each year.
    Non-residents purchasing aquatic life in Illinois for sale solely outside the State are exempt from possessing an aquatic life dealer's license if purchases are made from a licensed resident wholesale or retail aquatic life dealer.
    (b) Resident aquatic life dealer's licenses. Any person conducting a fish market or buying, selling, or shipping any aquatic life (except minnows) protected by this Code, whether from waters within or without the State, shall first procure a license from the Department to do so, including any commercial fisherman selling live fish for stocking only. Any commercial fisherman selling fish legally caught or taken by themselves to a resident licensed wholesale aquatic life dealer, however, is exempt from the provisions of this Section.
        (1) Wholesale aquatic life dealer's license. Any
    
resident of this State who, within the State of Illinois, conducts a wholesale fish market or who sells or ships to any other wholesaler, retailer, or other commercial institution aquatic life protected by this Code, whether from waters within or without the State, is a resident wholesale aquatic life dealer in the meaning of this Code.
        This provision, however, does not apply to minnows or
    
saltwater species commonly used as seafood that will not survive in freshwater, such as lobsters, clams, mussels, and oysters.
        All licenses issued to resident wholesale aquatic
    
life dealers are valid only in the location described and designated in the application for license. Wholesale aquatic life dealers may deliver their products by truck or other common carrier but must possess a separate license for each truck from which aquatic life is being sold if business is solicited from the truck. Applications for resident wholesale aquatic life dealer's licenses shall be made to and upon forms furnished by the Department, which shall be in the form as the Department may prescribe. The annual license fee for each wholesale aquatic life dealer's license is $50. All wholesale aquatic life dealer's licenses shall expire on January 31 of each year.
        (2) Retail aquatic life dealer's license. Any
    
resident of the State of Illinois who, within the State of Illinois, conducts a retail fish market where he or she sells or offers for sale any aquatic life protected by this Code, whether from waters from within or without the State, is a retail aquatic life dealer in the meaning of this Code.
        This provision, however, does not apply to minnows or
    
saltwater species commonly used as seafood that will not survive in freshwater, such as lobsters, clams, mussels, and oysters.
        All licenses issued to resident aquatic life dealers
    
are valid only in the location described and designated in the application for the license. Retailers may deliver their products by truck or other common carrier but must possess a separate license for each truck from which aquatic life is being sold if business is solicited from the truck.
        Applications for resident retail aquatic life
    
dealer's licenses shall be made to and upon forms furnished by the Department, which shall be in the form the Department may prescribe. The annual license for each resident retail aquatic life dealer's license is $10. All these licenses shall expire on January 31 of each year.
        (3) Separate licenses. A license shall be procured
    
for each separate fish market or place of business operated by any wholesale or retail aquatic life dealer, whether a resident or non-resident, and for each vehicle from which aquatic life is sold. All licenses shall be conspicuously displayed at all times.
    (c) The Department may adopt administrative rules pertaining to non-resident and resident aquatic life dealers. Any person who violates any provision of this Section 20-70, or related administrative rule, is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 94-592, eff. 1-1-06; 95-147, eff. 8-14-07.)

515 ILCS 5/20-75

    (515 ILCS 5/20-75) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-75)
    Sec. 20-75. Mussel dealer permits; fees; violations. Any person, before receiving, buying, or offering to do so, or acting as an agent or broker in receipt or purchase of mussels, within the State of Illinois, shall first obtain a permit from the Department to do so.
    The fee for a permit for residents of the State of Illinois shall be $300 a year, and for non-residents of the State of Illinois the fee shall be $2,500 a year. These permits shall expire on the 31st day of January of each year. A report of each year's activities of each person holding a permit shall be required as directed by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 92-385, eff. 8-16-01.)

515 ILCS 5/20-80

    (515 ILCS 5/20-80) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-80)
    Sec. 20-80. Minnow dealers license; penalties. Any resident who, within the State of Illinois, sells or offers for sale, to any other wholesaler or retailer or for consumption, live minnows, whether from waters within or without the State is an intrastate wholesale minnow dealer for purposes of this Code. Any person selling live minnows for stocking only or selling live minnows legally caught or taken by that person to a licensed wholesale minnow dealer, however, is exempt from the provisions of this Section.
    (a) Before any resident commences activities as an intrastate wholesale minnow dealer, he or she shall first procure a license from the Department to do so. The fee for the license shall be $25 and these licenses shall expire upon the 31st day of January of each year.
    Before any resident commences activities as an intrastate retail minnow dealer, he or she shall first obtain a license from the Department to do so. The fee for the license shall be $5 and these licenses shall expire upon the 31st day of January of each year.
    (b) Only persons who are actual residents of the State of Illinois shall be permitted to transport live minnows obtained in the State of Illinois across any of the borders of the State of Illinois. These persons shall be interstate minnow dealers for purposes of this Code. Before any resident of the State of Illinois shall commence activities as an interstate minnow dealer, he or she shall first obtain a license from the Department to do so. The fee for the license shall be $500 and these licenses shall expire on the 31st day of January of each year. This Section shall not apply to a resident of the State of Illinois possessing a valid sport fishing license. An individual possessing a valid sport fishing license shall be permitted to transport not more than 6 dozen live minnows obtained in Illinois across the borders of the State of Illinois.
    (c) The Department is authorized to establish regulations as may be deemed necessary in the handling of minnows in order to protect the resource as well as the public's interest.
(Source: P.A. 92-385, eff. 8-16-01.)

515 ILCS 5/20-82

    (515 ILCS 5/20-82)
    Sec. 20-82. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-452, eff. 8-14-09. Repealed internally, eff. 1-1-11.)

515 ILCS 5/20-85

    (515 ILCS 5/20-85) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-85)
    Sec. 20-85. Taxidermist license.
    (a) Before engaging in the business of taxidermy, every person shall obtain a license for that purpose from the Department. Application for a license shall be filed with the Department and shall set forth the name of the applicant; its principal officers, if the applicant is a corporation, or the partners, if the applicant is a partnership; the location of the place of business; and any additional information the Department may require. The annual fee for each taxidermist license shall be $25. All licenses issued to taxidermists are valid only at the location described and designated on the application for the license. All taxidermist licenses shall expire on January 31 of each year. Individuals employed by a licensed taxidermist shall not be required to possess a taxidermist license while working for and at the place of business of the license holder.
    Licensed taxidermists shall submit to the Department a list naming all individuals who will be working at the place of business specified on the permit. Only those individuals whose names are on file with the Department shall be authorized to work under the scope of the taxidermist's license.
    (b) Taxidermists shall keep written records of all aquatic life or parts of aquatic life received or returned by them. Records shall include the following information:
        (1) The date the aquatic life was received.
        (2) The name and address of the person from whom the
    
aquatic life was received.
        (3) The number and species of all aquatic life
    
received.
        (4) The number and state of issuance of the fishing
    
license, or special Department permit, of the person from whom the aquatic life was received. In the absence of a license or permit number, the taxidermist may rely on the written certification of the person from whom the aquatic life was received that the specimen was legally taken or obtained, or, in the event the person is exempt from the apposite license requirements, an indication of the exemption.
    (c) All aquatic life or parts of aquatic life that have been received, preserved, mounted, or possessed by a taxidermist are required to bear a coded origin tag or label. The coded origin tag or label shall correspond with written records containing more complete information as required by the Department.
    (d) Taxidermy records shall be open for inspection by any peace officer at any reasonable hour. Taxidermists shall maintain records for a period of 2 years from the date of receipt of the aquatic life or for as long as the specimen or mount remains in the taxidermist's possession, whichever is longer.
    The Department may require the taxidermist to submit to it any information it deems necessary.
    (e) No taxidermist shall have in his or her possession any aquatic life that is not listed in his or her written records and properly tagged or labeled.
    (f) All persons licensed as taxidermists under this Code who shall ship any aquatic life or parts of aquatic life that have been received, preserved, or mounted shall tag or label the shipment and the tag or label shall state the name of the taxidermist and the number and date of his or her license.
    (g) Nothing in this Section removes taxidermists from responsibility for the observance of any federal laws, rules, or regulations that may apply to the taxidermy business.
(Source: P.A. 88-416; 89-66, eff. 1-1-96.)

515 ILCS 5/20-90

    (515 ILCS 5/20-90) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-90)
    Sec. 20-90. Aquaculture permits. Any person who shall engage in the breeding, hatching, propagation, or raising of aquatic life, whether indigenous or non-indigenous to this State, shall first procure a permit from the Department to do so. Aquatic life specified, which is bred, hatched, propagated or raised by a person holding a permit as provided for in this Section, may be transported and sold for food or stocking purposes. Permittees who sell aquatic life propagated or raised under this permit are exempt from possessing a fish or minnow dealers license.
    Aquaculture permit holders shall maintain records of all aquatic life bought, sold or shipped. These records shall include the name and address of the buyer and seller, the appropriate license or permit number of the buyer and seller, the date of the transaction, and the species, poundage, and origin of aquatic life involved. The records shall be kept for a minimum of 2 years from the date of the transaction and shall be made immediately available to authorized employees of the Department upon request. Records of the annual operations, as may be required by the Department, shall be forwarded to the Department upon request.
    Nothing in this Section shall be construed to give permittees authority to take aquatic life in their wild or natural state, contrary to other provisions of this Code, or to remove the permittee from responsibility for the observance of any federal, State, or local laws, rules, or regulations that may apply to the aquatic life.
    Aquaculture permit holders may harvest aquatic life on licensed aquaculture facilities with commercial fishing devices without obtaining any license for these devices.
    Before any person imports or receives live, non-indigenous aquatic life for aquaculture or stocking purposes in this State, permission must be obtained from the Department. Regulations governing non-indigenous aquatic life shall be covered by administrative rule.
    The annual fee for a permit under this Section shall be $50 and the permit shall expire on the 31st day of January of each year.
    Any person who violates any provisions of this Section, including administrative rules relating to this Section, shall be guilty of a business offense and fined not less than $1,000 and no more than $5,000.
    Permitted aquaculture facilities are exempt from size, catch, and possession limits and seasons on aquatic life when harvested, sold, or transported, except when taken by sport fishing devices.
    All permits issued under this Section are valid only in the location described and designated in the application for such permit.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/20-91

    (515 ILCS 5/20-91)
    Sec. 20-91. Commercial roe harvest permit.
    (a) Any commercial fisherman who engages in taking roe-bearing species with commercial fishing devices from legally open waters of the State must annually procure a commercial roe harvest permit from the Department. All individuals assisting a licensed commercial roe harvester in taking roe bearing fishes must also have a commercial roe harvest permit unless these individuals are under the direct supervision of and aboard the same watercraft as the licensed commercial roe harvester. The annual fee for a commercial roe harvest permit is $250 for State residents and $3,500 for non-residents. All commercial roe harvest permits shall expire on May 31 of each year.
    (b) It is unlawful for a commercial roe harvest permittee to possess roe more than 5 days after the conclusion of the harvest season without a commercial roe dealer permit.
    (c) Violation of this Section is a Class A misdemeanor with a minimum mandatory fine of $500.
(Source: P.A. 95-147, eff. 8-14-07.)

515 ILCS 5/20-92

    (515 ILCS 5/20-92)
    Sec. 20-92. Commercial roe dealer permit.
    (a) Any resident wholesale aquatic life dealer who buys, sells, or ships roe from roe-bearing species, whether from the waters within or without the State, must annually procure a commercial roe dealer permit from the Department in addition to an aquatic life dealers license. The annual fee for a commercial roe dealer permit is $500 for resident wholesale aquatic life dealers and $1,500 for non-resident aquatic life dealers. All commercial roe dealer permits shall expire on May 31 of each year.
    (b) Legally licensed commercial roe dealer permit holders may designate up to 2 employees on their commercial roe dealer permit. Employees designated on a commercial roe dealer permit must retain a copy of this permit in their possession while transporting roe bearing fishes either whole or in part.
    (c) A violation of this Section is a Class A misdemeanor with a minimum mandatory fine of $500.
(Source: P.A. 95-147, eff. 8-14-07; 95-876, eff. 8-21-08.)

515 ILCS 5/20-95

    (515 ILCS 5/20-95) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-95)
    Sec. 20-95. Daily fee fishing area. Any person owning, controlling, or operating a water area, including access to this water area, that is used for fishing by those either directly or indirectly paying a daily fee for fishing shall make application to the Department for a license as provided in this Section. Upon receipt of an application, the Department shall inspect the proposed licensed area described in the application, the size and number of water areas, source of fish for stocking, species of fish to be stocked and determine the ability of the applicant to properly supervise a property of this character. If the Department finds that (i) the area is suitable for the purpose intended, (ii) the operation of the property is not a menace or being established contrary to the laws of this State, (iii) the operations of the fee fishing area will not work a fraud upon individuals utilizing the facilities, and (iv) the issuing of the license will be in the public interest, then the Department shall approve the application and issue a license to operate a "Daily Fee Fishing Area" as described in the application.
    The fee for a license issued under this Section shall be $50 annually, and the license shall expire on the January 31 following its issuance.
    Records of the season's operations, as may be required by the Department, shall be forwarded to the Department by the licensee within 30 days after the expiration date of the license.
    The Department may refuse to issue, refuse to renew, suspend, or revoke any license issued under this Section if the Department finds that the licensed area or its operator is not in compliance with this Section. The Department, however, shall not refuse to issue or renew, or suspend or revoke, any license for any cause other than the protection of public health and safety or if the area is operated unlawfully, unless the licensee affected is given at least 15 days notice, in writing, of the reasons for the action of the Department and given an opportunity to appear before the Department or its representative in opposition to the action of the Department.
(Source: P.A. 89-66, eff. 1-1-96.)

515 ILCS 5/20-100

    (515 ILCS 5/20-100) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-100)
    Sec. 20-100. Scientific collector's permit. Permits may be granted by the Department to properly accredited individuals of the age of 18 years and older permitting the collection for strictly scientific purposes of any aquatic life protected under this Code, and their nests, eggs, and spawn.
    The application for a permit for scientific purposes shall be subject to the approval of the Department.
    The holder of each scientific collector's permit shall make reports to the Department as required.
(Source: P.A. 89-66, eff. 1-1-96.)

515 ILCS 5/20-105

    (515 ILCS 5/20-105) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-105)
    Sec. 20-105. Revocation and suspension; refusal to issue.
    (a) Whenever a license or permit is issued to any person under this Code and its holder is found guilty of any misrepresentation in obtaining the license or permit or of a violation of Section 48-3 of the Criminal Code of 2012 or a violation of any of the provisions of this Code, including administrative rules, the license or permit may be revoked by the Department and the Department may refuse to issue any permit or license to that person and may suspend the person from engaging in the activity requiring the permit or license for a period of time not to exceed 5 years following the revocation. Department revocation procedure shall be established by administrative rule.
    (b) Whenever any person who has not been issued a license or a permit under the provisions of this Code is found guilty of a violation of Section 48-3 of the Criminal Code of 2012 or a violation of the provisions of this Code, including administrative rules, the Department may refuse to issue any permit or license to that person, and suspend that person from engaging in the activity requiring the permit or license for a period of time not to exceed 5 years.
    (c) Any person who knowingly or intentionally violates any of the provisions of this Code, including administrative rules, during the 5 years following the revocation of his or her license or permit under subsection (a) or during the time he is suspended under subsection (b), shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor as provided in Section 20-35. The penalties for a violation of Section 48-3 of the Criminal Code of 2012 shall be as provided in that Section.
    (d) A person whose license or permit to engage in any activity regulated by this Code has been suspended or revoked may not, during the period of the suspension or revocation or until obtaining such a license or permit, (i) be in the company of any person engaging in the activity covered by the suspension or revocation or (ii) serve as a guide, outfitter, or facilitator for a person who is engaged or prepared to engage in the activity covered by the suspension or revocation.
    (e) No person may be issued or obtain a license or permit or engage in any activity regulated by this Code during the time that the person's privilege to engage in the same or similar activities is suspended or revoked by another state, by a federal agency, or by a province of Canada.
(Source: P.A. 98-402, eff. 8-16-13.)

515 ILCS 5/20-110

    (515 ILCS 5/20-110) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-110)
    Sec. 20-110. Possession of license, permit, or stamp. Every person holding any license, salmon stamp, inland trout stamp, or permit issued under this Code shall have it in his or her possession for immediate presentation for inspection to the authorized employees of the Department, or to any sheriff, deputy sheriff, or any other peace officer, making a demand for it within his or her jurisdiction.
(Source: P.A. 87-833; 88-91.)

515 ILCS 5/20-115

    (515 ILCS 5/20-115) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-115)
    Sec. 20-115. Form of licenses, stamps, and permits. Licenses, salmon stamps, inland trout stamps, and permits authorized to be issued under this Code shall be prepared by the Department and shall be in the form prescribed by the Department. In addition, at the time of issuance, the information required on each license shall be completed on it by the issuing agent or his or her sub-agent and each license shall be signed by the licensee, or initialed by the designated purchaser and then signed immediately upon receipt by the licensee, and counter-signed by the issuing agent or his or her sub-agent. All licenses shall be supplied by the Department, subject to any rules and regulations as the Department may prescribe. Any license not properly prepared, obtained, and signed as required by this Code shall be void.
(Source: P.A. 90-225, eff. 7-25-97.)

515 ILCS 5/20-120

    (515 ILCS 5/20-120) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-120)
    Sec. 20-120. Designation of agents; liability; bond. The Department of Natural Resources has the authority to designate agents to sell licenses, stamps, and permits on behalf of the Department. Any person receiving licenses from the Department for sale as provided in this Section (i) shall execute and deliver receipts for the licenses; (ii) shall, on dates specified by the Department, report in writing to the Department the number and kinds of licenses sold; and (iii) shall, with the report, make remittance to the Department covering the amounts due it from the sales. Failure on the part of any clerk or agent to fully comply with the provisions of this Code, including administrative rules, shall be justification for the Department to cancel or withdraw the issuance of licenses through that clerk or agent. A salmon stamp shall be deemed a license for the purposes of this Section.
    (a) Any person appointed or designated by the Department including any county, city, village, township, or incorporated town clerk issuing licenses provided for in this Code may add the fees provided in paragraph (b) as the fee for issuing the licenses. These clerks, however, shall remit to the treasurer of the political subdivision of which he or she is an officer or employee, the added fees or any portion of the added fees he or she collects provided in paragraph (b). Issuing fees may be divided between the clerks and their appointed subagents other than employees of the clerk's office, but in no case may any clerk or subagent charge an issuing fee or fees totaling more than the issuing fee set out in this Section.
    (b) Any person authorized to issue licenses under subsection (a) may add to the license fee a fee of $.75 in the case of Sportsmen's Combination Licenses or nonresident hunting licenses, and $.50 in the case of all other licenses, permits, and stamps.
    (c) No person or subagent of any county, city, village, township, or incorporated town clerk may charge a service fee for issuing licenses provided for in this Code, and the charging of fees for issuing licenses in excess of the fees authorized is a petty offense. Any person authorized to issue licenses by telephone and electronic transmission or incurring costs for customer convenience may charge in addition to the "issuing fee" authorized by this Section a fee not to exceed an amount set by the Department, by administrative rule, to cover the transaction cost.
    (d) All fees, less issuing fees, collected from the sale of licenses and permits and not remitted to the Department as provided in this Section shall be deemed to have been embezzled and the person or officer responsible for the remittance is subject to prosecution. No person handling or selling licenses is required to remit for any license now or hereafter stolen, by means of forcible entry, or destroyed by a fire in the premises where the licenses are kept, if he or she submits an affidavit to the Department describing the circumstances of the theft or cause of the destruction and listing in the affidavit the type and numbers of the licenses so stolen or destroyed.
    (e) Within 30 days after the expiration of the time in which any class of license is usable, payment for licenses sold shall be made in full to the Department and persons possessing unused license forms shall return them to the Department prepaid.
    (f) No person is permitted to make deductions from remittances sent to the Department for postage or for the cost of, or fees for, drafts or money orders.
    (g) Any county, city, village, township, or incorporated town clerk handling or selling licenses as provided in this Section is liable to the State personally. All other persons designated or appointed by the Department to handle or sell licenses as provided in this Section shall, before receiving any licenses for sale, file with the Department a bond in an amount specified by the Department on a form to be approved by and with a surety or sureties satisfactory to the Department conditioned upon the person or persons paying to the State of Illinois all monies becoming due by reason of the sale of the licenses.
    (h) No person shall falsify, alter, or change in any manner, or loan or transfer to another, any license, permit, or tag issued under this Section or falsify any records required by this Code or counterfeit or duplicate any form of license, permit, or tag provided for by this Code. Any person who violates this subsection shall be subject to the penalty provisions of Section 20-35 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96; 90-225, eff. 7-25-97; 90-743, eff. 1-1-99.)

515 ILCS 5/20-125

    (515 ILCS 5/20-125) (from Ch. 56, par. 20-125)
    Sec. 20-125. Records; reports; receipts.
    (a) Any person engaged in the buying, selling, or shipping of aquatic life in the State, under Sections 20-70, 20-75, 20-80, 20-91, and 20-92 of this Act, shall maintain the following minimum records:
        (1) the name and address of the buyer;
        (2) the name and address of the seller;
        (3) the date of the transaction;
        (4) the species and quantity to the nearest half
    
pound, if applicable, or number of whole species bought, sold, or shipped; and
        (5) the license or permit number of the buyer and
    
seller, if applicable.
    Reports must be submitted to the Department on forms furnished for that purpose by the Department and at intervals prescribed by the Department by administrative rule. Failure to submit reports as required is grounds for license suspension or revocation.
    (b) All aquatic life dealers, including but not limited to minnow dealers, fish dealers, commercial roe dealers, mussel dealers, and breeders, shall, upon purchasing or receiving any aquatic life protected by this Code, issue a numbered receipt to the commercial fisherman, musselor, dealer, breeder, or other person from whom the aquatic life was purchased, setting forth the number of pounds and kinds of aquatic life, the date of purchase, the price paid per pound for each species, the name and address of the commercial fisherman, musselor, dealer, breeder, or other person from whom the aquatic life was purchased, and the appropriate license number of the commercial fisherman, musselor, dealer, breeder, or other person from whom the aquatic life was purchased if applicable, and the origin of the aquatic life.
    The original receipt shall be retained by the aquatic life dealer for a minimum of 2 years from the date of purchase listed on the receipt. A duplicate receipt shall be given to the commercial fisherman, musselor, dealer, breeder, or other person from whom the aquatic life was purchased at the time of purchase.
    (c) All receipts, reports, and records required by the Department in subsections (a) and (b) shall be available for inspection by any authorized employee of the Department or any other peace officer upon request. Failure to comply with the provisions of this subsection (c) shall bar the licensee from obtaining a permit or license for aquatic life purchasing for the following year. Any person who violates any of the provisions of this subsection (c) shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
    (d) It is unlawful to falsify any information or record or to provide fraudulent information or records to the Department. Violation of this subsection (d) is a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 95-147, eff. 8-14-07.)

515 ILCS 5/Art. 25

 
    (515 ILCS 5/Art. 25 heading)
ARTICLE 25. FISH PRESERVES AND TRANSPORTATION OF FISH

515 ILCS 5/25-5

    (515 ILCS 5/25-5) (from Ch. 56, par. 25-5)
    Sec. 25-5. Aquatic life preserves; regulation of devices. All waters in the State including boundary waters under jurisdiction of the State shall be aquatic life preserves.
    Sport fishing devices, except as provided in this Code and its administrative rules, are the only lawful means of taking aquatic life.
    The Department of Natural Resources, however, has the authority through administrative rule to prohibit all sport fishing or certain sport fishing devices in designated waters and also has the authority through administrative rule to allow commercial fishing in designated waters by regulating commercial fishing devices used in the interest of the total management of the fishery resource.
(Source: P.A. 89-66, eff. 1-1-96; 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

515 ILCS 5/25-10

    (515 ILCS 5/25-10) (from Ch. 56, par. 25-10)
    Sec. 25-10. Mussel preserves. The Department may, from time to time when it shall deem feasible for the conservation of mussels, by administrative rule prescribe waters to be known as mussel preserves from which mussels shall not be taken for any purpose during any periods of time that in its opinion may be required to restore a supply of mussel life to the waters.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/25-15

    (515 ILCS 5/25-15) (from Ch. 56, par. 25-15)
    Sec. 25-15. Destruction of posted notices. It shall be unlawful for any person to deface, obliterate, tear down, or destroy, in whole or in part, or attempt to deface, obliterate, tear down, or destroy any notice or proclamation posted according to the provisions of this Code. Any person violating this Section shall be subject to the penalties provided for in Section 20-35 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/25-20

    (515 ILCS 5/25-20) (from Ch. 56, par. 25-20)
    Sec. 25-20. Shipment of aquatic life; labels and tags. Except as provided in Sections 1-130, 20-85, and 20-90, any railroad company, express company, steamboat company, or other common carrier, before receiving any aquatic life protected by this Code for shipment from any person, shall require that the person present a valid license as provided for in this Code.
    Any person placing a shipment as described in this Section or transporting in any other manner shall attach to every box, barrel, crate, or other receptacle containing aquatic life a tag showing the different varieties of aquatic life contained within, the number of pounds of each variety, the name and place of business of the consignor and of the consignee, and the number and type of the license.
    All labels or tags attached to any box, barrel, crate, or other receptacle in which aquatic life is shipped shall be accurate as to the information required by this Section and shall be conspicuously displayed on the receptacle. Any person who (i) falsifies any label or tag required by this Section or attempts to do so, (ii) conceals or attempts to conceal the information required by this Section, or (iii) in any other manner violates the provisions of this Section shall be subject to the penalty provisions of Section 20-35 of this Code. It shall be lawful for any individual to carry with him or her or transport as baggage on any train or conveyance for which he or she has purchased a transportation ticket not more than one package at any one time containing not more than the possession limit of aquatic life as provided in this Code. When a package containing aquatic life is offered as baggage, it shall be plainly labeled to show the name of the person transporting it and the place to which it is being transported.
    It is unlawful for transportation companies or common carriers to knowingly transport into this State from without the State any aquatic life protected under this Code that was illegally taken and shipped contrary to any laws, rules, and regulations of the State of origin.
(Source: P.A. 89-66, eff. 1-1-96.)

515 ILCS 5/Art. 30

 
    (515 ILCS 5/Art. 30 heading)
ARTICLE 30. FISH RESTORATION AND MANAGEMENT PROJECTS

515 ILCS 5/30-5

    (515 ILCS 5/30-5) (from Ch. 56, par. 30-5)
    Sec. 30-5. Short title. This Article may be cited as the Fish Restoration Project Law.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/30-10

    (515 ILCS 5/30-10) (from Ch. 56, par. 30-10)
    Sec. 30-10. Assent to provisions of federal Act. The State of Illinois assents to the provisions of the Act of Congress entitled "An act to provide that the United States shall aid the States in fish restoration and management projects, and for other purposes", approved August 9, 1950 (Public Law 681, 81st Congress), and the Department of Natural Resources is authorized, empowered, and directed to perform any acts necessary for the conduct and establishment of cooperative fish restoration projects, as defined in that Act of Congress, in compliance with that Act and its rules and regulations promulgated by the Secretary of the Interior.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

515 ILCS 5/30-15

    (515 ILCS 5/30-15) (from Ch. 56, par. 30-15)
    Sec. 30-15. Use of license fees. No funds accruing to the State of Illinois from license fees paid by fishermen shall be diverted for any other purpose than the administration of the Department of Natural Resources for the management of fish and wildlife resources of the State.
(Source: P.A. 95-853, eff. 8-18-08.)

515 ILCS 5/Art. 35

 
    (515 ILCS 5/Art. 35 heading)
ARTICLE 35. SEVERABILITY

515 ILCS 5/35-5

    (515 ILCS 5/35-5) (from Ch. 56, par. 35-5)
    Sec. 35-5. Severability. The provisions of this Code are severable under Section 1.31 of the Statute on Statutes.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/Art. 40

 
    (515 ILCS 5/Art. 40 heading)
ARTICLE 40. CODIFICATION PROVISIONS

515 ILCS 5/40-1

    (515 ILCS 5/40-1) (from Ch. 56, par. 40-1)
    Sec. 40-1. Prior law.
    (a) A provision of this Code that is the same or substantially the same as a prior law shall be construed as a continuation of the prior law and not as a new or different law.
    (b) A citation in another Act to an Act or to a Section of an Act that is continued in this Code shall be construed to be a citation to that continued provision in this Code.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/40-5

    (515 ILCS 5/40-5) (from Ch. 56, par. 40-5)
    Sec. 40-5. Other Acts of the 87th General Assembly. If any other Act of the 87th General Assembly changes, adds, or repeals a provision of prior law that is continued in this Code, then that change, addition, or repeal in the other Act shall be construed together with this Code.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/40-10

    (515 ILCS 5/40-10) (from Ch. 56, par. 40-10)
    Sec. 40-10. Home rule; mandates. Nothing in this Code as initially enacted (i) is a denial or limitation on home rule powers where no denial or limitation existed under prior law or (ii) creates a State mandate under the State Mandates Act where no mandate existed under prior law.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/Art. 45

 
    (515 ILCS 5/Art. 45 heading)
ARTICLE 45. REPEALS

515 ILCS 5/45-1

    (515 ILCS 5/45-1) (from Ch. 56, par. 45-1)
    Sec. 45-1. Repeals. The following Acts or parts of Acts are repealed:
        The Fish Code of 1971.
        The Fish Restoration Project Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)

515 ILCS 5/Art. 50

 
    (515 ILCS 5/Art. 50 heading)
ARTICLE 50. EFFECTIVE DATE

515 ILCS 5/50-1

    (515 ILCS 5/50-1) (from Ch. 56, par. 50-1)
    Sec. 50-1. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 87-833.)