Is your family hooked on fishing yet? Whether you (or your children) are experienced anglers, or simply learning to hold the fishing rod above the water, it’s so easy to make fishing your family’s new summer pastime in Lake County with one of these great fishing events.
Many of the fishing events also offer prizes, so you might even have a great fish story to share for the rest of the season. Here’s a round-up of the events we’ve seen so far:
- June 4, Kids Fishing Derby 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Bevier Park, Waukegan. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Age 12 and under: $3/$5 for pre-registration or $5 on-site registration Age 13+: $5/$7 for pre-registration or $7 for on-site registration
- June 4, 2nd Annual George Weinert Fishing Derby 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Jones Island Beach, Grayslake. Come get hooked and have some fun at this free event! Awards will be given out for largest fish, smallest fish and most fish caught. Participants will need to bring their own rod, reel, cast line and bait.
- June 4, Huck Finn Fishing Derby 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Green Lake Park, Buffalo Grove. $3 residents/ $4 non residents. Come out and catch that prize-winning fish at the Buffalo Grove Park District’s 35th Annual Fishing Derby at Green Lake Park. Every participant will receive a gift bag at the event and awards will be given for the longest fish, the most fish caught, the most unique catch and the most colorful fish. This event is for children only.
- June 4, Gage’s Lake Conservation Committee 10th Annual Carp Fishing Derby 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Willow Point Park, Gages Lake. All ages welcome–free admission. Registration will take place at the Willow Point Park Pavilion. A limited number of fishing poles will be available for use or you may bring your own. Basic fishing instruction will be provided for beginners.
- June 4, Fishing Derby, 8:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m., Bevier Center, Waukegan. Kids 12 and under, $3/$5 if you pre-register or $5 on-site registration. Ages 13+: $5/$7 for pre-registration or $7 for on-site registration. Kids will win prizes in each age division. Only one pole per person allowed in the fishing area. Limited supply of fishing poles are available with valid I.D.
- June 5, 24th Annual Lake Zurich Fishing Derby 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Chalet at Paulus Park. All participants must register before starting to fish (registration is free and by the Chalet near the pier in Paulus Park). Fishing shall not begin before 9 a.m. to be eligible for prizes, fish must be registered by 11:29 a.m. Participants may fish from the shore of Paulus Park, or from boats or other shoreline areas.
- June 18, Family Fishing Lesson 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lakefront Park in Round Lake Beach. Learn about the types of fishing equipment, proper knots, and some tips for helping to make fishing an enjoyable family activity. We will supply the fishing equipment, or you can bring your own. Parent or legal guardian must accompany their child. No fishing license required for this program in Illinois. Register by June 11, activity is free.
- July 4, 5th Annual Fishing Derby–Shiloh Pond 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Shiloh Park Lagoon, Zion. Come join us for the annual fishing derby at Shiloh Pond. Register at the north end of Shiloh Pond for your chance to catch this year’s big fish. You must be present to collect your prize. Final weigh-in is a 3:00 p.m.
- July 9, 14 th Annual Fishing Derby 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. Hunt Club Park. Free event for ages 5-11. Win prizes for most fish caught, biggest and smallest fish. Bait provided a limited number of poles will be available.
- July 23, Competition Bassmasters of Northern Illinois’ Annual “Fishing Should be Fun” Fishing Derby 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Round Lake Beach Park. This event will give all children the opportunity to experience the joy of fishing. Come out, bring your rod and reel, cast your line and help make this year’s event the best yet. Don’t have your own equipment? Don’t worry. There will be plenty of equipment to borrow–all you’ll need is to make sure that you don’t let the ‘big one’ get away. Event will feature a kids fishing and boating safety seminar, kids casting event and fishing knots and rigging.
- August 28 Family Fish School, 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook. Have fun with your family learning about fish and fishing with the Forest Preserves’ fish biologist at this free fishing event. Limited equipment available or bring your own.Call River Trail to register at 847-824-8360.
Reel in the fun this summer and attend a fishing event. Let us know where you took the bait in the comments section below.