Learn to fish during DuPage program

A young angler tries his skills on the shore of a DuPage County forest preserve lake.  |  Courtesy of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
A young angler tries his skills on the shore of a DuPage County forest preserve lake. | Courtesy of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

Always wanted to learn how to fish? The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is offering several opportunities to learn the best angles in August.

The district has plenty of places to try the sport out, with 47 miles of rivers and streams, and 30 lakes and ponds.

Programs include:

“Fishing: Catching and Cooking Catfish” — 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at Blackwell in Warrenville. Tips and tricks for catching “Mr. Whiskers” for all ages. Also eat a catfish dinner. The program is $15 a person for ages 13 and older, $10 for ages 5 to 12 and free for children younger than 5.

“Fishing Off the Beaten Path” — 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 24 at Waterfall Glen in Darien. Anglers ages 12 and older will go on a free 2-mile hike with fishing along the way.

“Fishing for Bass” — Those ages 12 and older will learn how to fish with different lures from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at Meacham Grove in Bloomingdale and from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Pratt’s Wayne Woods in Wayne. Free.

Advanced registration is required by calling Visitor Services weekdays at 630-933-7248. Participants do not need licenses to fish during district programs, but anglers 16 and older who are not legally disabled must have valid Illinois fishing licenses at all other times. Licenses are available at many sporting goods stores, through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at ifishillinois.org and at the district headquarters office at 3s580 Naperville Road in Wheaton weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The district’s free fishing guide features depth maps, species lists, and information on regulations such as creel limits. Copies are available at information kiosks at many forest preserves, but anglers also may request copies from forest@dupageforest.org or download the guide from dupageforest.org under “things to do,” “recreational activities” and “fishing.”

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