Get Hooked on Fishing June 2 in Aurora and Cary – Chicago Daily Herald

The Fox River Valley offers plenty of opportunities for fishing, and the Forest Preserve District of Kane County and McHenry County Conservation District will teach would-be anglers the basics at “Hooked on Fishing” events.

In Kane County

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County’s “Hooked on Fishing” event is from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 2, at Oakhurst Forest Preserve, 1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora.

During this annual learn-to-fish event for kids, Forest Preserve District staff and volunteers will teach kids about the sport of fishing, and help children learn to bait, cast, catch and release fish. Fishing gear and bait will be provided, though attendees are welcome to bring their own gear, if they prefer.

A Forest Preserve District naturalist will be on hand with fun facts about native Illinois fish and the underwater ecosystem.

Plus, special guest and local author Robert Renteria will be present to donate and sign copies of his books, “From the Barrio to the Board Room,” “Mi Barrio,” and “Little Barrio,” an activity coloring book. Renteria’s bilingual books promote student achievement.

Lastly, after you’ve worked up an appetite, Papa John’s Pizza will provide lunch, while supplies last.

The event is free for kids of all ages, accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If you have fishing experience and would like to help kids learn to fish, call the district’s volunteer coordinator at (630) 762-2741 to become an official volunteer.

For information on the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, visit

In McHenry County

Create memories with your kids that will last a lifetime at McHenry County Conservation District’s Hooked on Fishing family event, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 1, at Lake Atwood in The Hollows, 3804 Route 14 in Cary; or Sunday, June 9, at Rush Creek, 20501 McGuire Road, Harvard.

Never been fishing? No problem! Have fun trying to hook the “big one” while learning fishing techniques and safety tips. Bring your own gear or borrow ours, first come first served. There will be prizes for biggest fish, most caught and more. No fishing license is required at this free event.

“Hooked on Fishing gives families an opportunity to try out the sport of fishing for free, as well as spend quality time outdoors together,” said Conservation District Police Officer Dan Hibbeler. Adult supervision of children is required. Sign-in begins at 9 a.m.

Preregistration is required and accepted online at, by phone at (815) 479-5779, by mail and walk-in at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake, or drop-off only at Lost Valley Visitor Center, Route 31 and Harts Road in Ringwood.


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