When it’s time to take the bait October 20, 2021 October 20, 2021 admin

The next time you catch a fish, just do it.

But you may have to wait a few days for it to spawn.

Illinois fishermen have been told to wait as long as three days for their next catch to be deemed eligible for the license, and some have had to wait more than a month.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says it is encouraging people to catch a lot more fish, and is requiring anyone caught with a hook and line to wait at least three days.

“If you want to be eligible for this, you’re going to have to be able to catch more fish than three days, and that means you’re also going to need to wait longer than three weeks,” said Gary P. Pritchard, the department’s assistant director for state fisheries and wildlife.

Pritchard said they are also encouraging anglers to use their hooks, hooks and lines longer than they usually would.

Prischard says that’s especially true in warmer weather, when the water temperature can rise as much as five degrees.

“In warmer water, the water can go up to six degrees, which is just not going to work for people fishing for trout and other smallmouth bass,” he said.

“So we’re trying to make sure that fishing water stays as warm as possible, and we’re encouraging angler to use longer hooks, longer lines and longer water temperatures.”

The DNR says there are about 300,000 anglers in Illinois, and Pritard says the state needs to double the number of anglers by 2022.

The department says that will help the state catch more trout, bass and other fish.