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First Time Fishing

Event information

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2024

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Fee: $5 per person.

Age: Ages 8 or older.

Contact: 815-722-4121

Location: Hidden Lakes Trout Farm at Hidden Oaks Preserve

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An adult helping a child handle a fish along a shoreline. Photo by Anthony Schalk

Event details

This spring, try a new hobby – fishing! Learn the basic skills every angler needs to know: how to put together a pole, tie a knot, bait a hook and cast. Safety and ethics will also be discussed. Workshop participants will gain hands-on experience fishing along the lakes during the second hour. Everything needed for the program, including bait, is provided.

Event requirements

Registration required by Wednesday, May 22: 815-722-4121. 


Shoreline fishing and the pier are accessible from the parking lot. Hidden Lakes Trout Farm has paved accessible trails from the parking lot. The shoreline fishing area is on natural surfaces over uneven terrain. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should mention their request when registering or submit a request online no later than 48 hours before the program.