Enjoy fishing in the many ponds through the Macon County Conservation District conservation areas. Fishing is permitted in the Sangamon River and four ponds near the 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 the Rock Springs Nature Center on the Bike Trail. The Bike Trail pond is handicapped accessible. Turtle pond can also be accessed from the Bike Trail and is approximately 1 mile from the 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 at Rock Springs Nature Center. Just ask a volunteer at the Information Island located in the center of the building.
State laws apply and special regulations are posted at the site. An Illinois Fishing License is required for those over 16 to fish the ponds at the Macon County Conservation Areas. You can fill out the application and purchase a fishing license here.