Enjoy fishing in the many ponds through the Macon County Conservation District conservation areas. Fishing is permitted in the Sangamon River and five ponds near Rock Springs Nature Center: two Cattail Ponds, the Bike Trail Pond, and Turtle Ponds. There is parking near the Cattail Ponds. The Bike Trail Pond can be accessed with a short walk from Rock Springs Nature Center on the Bike Trail. The Bike Trail Pond is handicapped accessible. The Turtle Ponds can also be accessed from the Bike Trail and are approximately 1 mile from Rock Springs Nature Center.
Ponds are stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, red ear sunfish, walleye, and crappie. The larger Cattail Pond is stocked by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources with trout in the fall.
Rods and reels are available to borrow for free on a first-come, first-served basis inside Rock Springs Nature Center. Just ask a volunteer at the Information Desk.
State laws apply and special regulations are posted at the site. An Illinois Fishing License is required for those over 16.