Fishing is a favorite summer pastime for our family, and Lake County is filled with great places to do it! 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 Kids Fishing Events in Lake County.
Kids Fishing Events in Lake County
Be sure to follow all links for full registration information, rules and regulations.
Virtual Youth Fishing Derby, Gurnee
Friday, June 11 – Friday, June 25 hosted by the Gurnee Park District
See how many fish you can catch during open park hours. Open to children 12 and younger, children must catch fish at Hunt Club Park Pond.
Father’s Day Fishing Frenzy, Fox Lake
Saturday, June 19, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. hosted by the Village of Fox Lake Parks and Recreation
Bring your fishing poles to Lakefront Park (71 Nippersink Blvd) for a morning of fishing off the shore. Part of the DNR’s Illinois Free Fishing Days (June 18-21).
Bass Pro Shops Gone Fishing Event
Saturday June 19 & Sunday June 21, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Bass Pro Shop Gurnee
Live fish will be in the Catch & Release Ponds. Stop by anytime to try it out.
Family Fishing at Independence Grove, Libertyville
Wednesday, June 30 – registration required
Bring your family and drop in a line and see if the fish are biting. The LCFPD will supply the poles and the bait and tips to get you started. Fee is $20 for residents, $26 nonresidents.
Shiloh Pond Fishing Derby, Zion
Saturday, July 10: Part of the Zion Park District’s Unplug Illinois Day
Head to Shiloh pond and fish from 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. Meet at the south side of the lagoon. All supplies will be available.
Fox Lake Youth Fishing Derby
Saturday, September 11 Part of the Fox Lake Fish Fest
The event will be held at Lakefront Park. More information will be posted closer to the event date. Call the Park and Recreation Department (224) 225-1404 with questions.
Salmon Unlimited Kids Derby, Waukegan
Saturday, September 18 – Waukegan Harbor
Free event open to all children 18 years and younger. Registration for the 2021 event has not been posted yet.
Reel in the fun this summer and attend a fishing event. Let us know where you took the bait in the comments section below.