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Kids Fishing Derby

Event information

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Fee: $5 per person.

Age: Ages 5-15.

Contact: 815-722-4121

Location: Hidden Lakes Trout Farm at Hidden Oaks Preserve

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A child holding a fish they caught. Photo by Anthony Schalk

Event details

Calling all kids ages 5-15! Come on out to Hidden Lakes Trout Farm and try your hand at fishing. We promise to reel in plenty of excitement!

Prizes and trophies will be awarded after each session for the largest fish in three different age categories: 5 to 8, 9 to 12 and 13 to 15. We will provide one free container of nightcrawlers. Even if the fish aren’t biting, everyone goes home a winner because each participant receives a goodie bag and sweet treats! Sign up for one derby or both sessions.

Two sessions will be offered:

  • 7 to 9 a.m.
  • 10 a.m. to noon

Event requirements

Registration required by Saturday, June 29: 815-722-4121. Registration is available the day of the derby if spots remain.


Hidden Lakes Trout Farm has paved accessible trails leaving 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.