Special Events Planned for Illinois Free Fishing Days June 6-9

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Anyone can fish without a license during Free Fishing Days

SPRINGFIELD , IL – Youth groups, civic organizations, parks and recreation agencies, fishing clubs, and other organizations are promoting fishing as part of the 2008 observance Illinois Free Fishing Days, June 6-9.  Free Fishing Days allows anyone to fish without the need for a fishing license, inland trout stamp or salmon stamp during the four-day event each June.

“Each year, Free Fishing Days is a chance for people in Illinois to give fishing a try,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Acting Director Sam Flood.  “Kids and families love to fish, and Free Fishing Days is a great way for anyone interested in fishing to wet a line and experience the fun of fishing.”

A number of organizations throughout the state plan special events during the annual Free Fishing Days weekend and at other times during the spring and summer.  While anyone can fish without a license during the four days of Free Fishing Days, anglers fishing in fishing derbies, fishing tournaments, and other special events held prior to or after Free Fishing Days are required to have a fishing license, unless they are otherwise exempted. 

For more information on Free Fishing Days events in Illinois , contact the IDNR at 217/782-9990.

A list of some of the 2008 Illinois Free Fishing Days events is below.  Special group fishing permits may be issued for events held on dates other than June 6-9.

City

Sponsoring Org

Location

Date(s)

Contact

Altamont Altamont Lions Club Mathias Lake June 7 Lynn Kull

618-483-6323

Arlington Heights The Fishing Guys Lake Arlington June 8 Hahnz Teope

224-489-7786

Bath Redneck Fishing Tournament Bath July 18 Betty Deford

309-546-2545

Beardstown Beardstown Park District Hard Road Ditch June 7 Steve Megginson

217-323-2555

Carbon Cliff Carbon Cliff Bait & Tackle Inc. Fish Contest June 6-9 Margaret Pankey

309-792-3460

Carlinville Carlinville Park District and Lions Club American Legion Pond Sept. 13 Bernhard Dzafic Jr.

217-854-9231

Carlock Blazing Saddles 4-H Carlock Community Bldg May 20 Mindy Leininger

309-376-6341

Carlyle U.S. Army Corps of Eng. & Carlyle Rotary Carlyle Lake West Spillway June 7

 

Jody Harris

618-594-2484

Carlyle U.S. Army Corps of Eng. Carlyle Lake Dam West Campground June 7-8 Kim Hammel

618-594-2484

Cary McHenry Co. Cons. Dist. Hollows June 8 Brad Wetzel

815-482-5165

Champaign Champaign-Urbana Optimists Club Kaufman Park June 7 Gene Morgan

217-352-0936

Chicago Daily Southtown Lake Sedwick June 7 Duke O’Malley

773-586-8206

Colchester Argyle Lake State Park Argyle Lake State Park June 7 Bridget Napolitano

309-776-3422

 

Du Quoin

Du Quoin Jaycees Du Quoin State Fairgrounds June 7 James Jarvis

618-924-0813

Edwardsville Edwardsville Gun Club Youth Fishing Derby Edwardsville Gun Club June 7 Dewayne Connolly

618-604-5842

Elgin Cub Scouts #44 Fox River June 7 847-917-9889
Galesburg Galesburg Youth Fishing Derby Lincoln Park May 18 Susan Dutell

309-368-1507

Glendale Shawnee National Forest/U.S. Forest Service Lake Glendale June 7 Roy Street

618-658-1325

Grafton IDNR Pere Marquette State Park June 7 Scott Isringhausen 

618-786-3323

Granite City Tri City AMVETS Granite City June 7 Pete Marlin

618-791-6913

Greenville Kingsbury Park District Patriot’s Park  June 7 Jerry Sauerwein

618-664-4969

Harrisburg Shawnee National Forest Glen O. Jones Lake June 7 618-253-1020
Harvard McHenry Co. Cons. Dist. Rush Creek June 7 Brad Wetzel

815-482-5165

Hoffman Estates Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce South Ridge and Westbury Lakes June 8 Jill Blodgett

847-781-9100

Hodgkins Santa Fe Prairie Volunteers Des Plaines River (at 71st St ) June 7 Gregory Starr

708-598-6139

Homer Champaign Co. Forest Preserve Dist. Homer Lake FP June 28 Pam Leiter

217-896-2455

Island Lake Lake Mgmt Assn. Mylith Park June 7 815-527-1018
Lake Zurich Lake Zurich Homeowners Assn Paulus Park June 8 Dick Schick

847/438-6377

LaSalle Better Fishing Assn , Ill. Valley Rotary, LaSalle Rotary, IDNR I&M Canal Lock 14 June 7 Tom Wall

815-223-3671

Mahomet Champaign Co. FPD Lake of the Woods FP July 26 Pam Leiter

217-896-2455

Mapleton Hollis Park District Reed City Lake June 7 George Weers

309-697-2944

Marion Take Pride In America/USFWS Crab Orchard NWR May 31 Neil Vincent

618-997-3344

McHenry McHenry Parks and Recreation Whispering Oaks Park June 7 Cindy Witt

815-363-2160

Monee Cub Scout Pack 315 Monee Reservoir June 8 708-792-7007
Mt. Carmel Beall Woods State Park Beall Woods June 7 Jacque Hallam

618-298-2441

Neoga Grace United Methodist Church Ken Walk Lake June 14 Glenn Buskirk

217-895-9907

Ottawa Ottawa Youth Program Allen Park June 9 Nancy Bukantis

815-431-3003

Penfield Champaign Co. FPD Middlefork River Forest Preserve May 24 Pam Leiter

217-896-2455

Plainfield Plainfield Park District 23729 W. Ottawa St. , Plainfield June 7 Mary Beth Flagg

815-436-8812

Riverton Village of Riverton Memorial Park June 6-7 Max Shekelton

217-629-9122

St. Charles Cub Scout Pack 154 Pratt Wayne Woods June 1 630-715-9863
Springfield Springfield Jaycees DNR Pond – Fairgrounds June 7 Bob Baker

217-523-3757

Springfield Cub Scouts Pack 40 Lake Park June 7 Joe Halteman

217-899-6256

Springfield Cub Scouts DNR Pond –

Fairgrounds

June 28 Jim McAfee

217-741-0405

Thomson Friends of the Upper Mississippi River Frog Pond Sept. 6 Frank Brabender

815-441-5511

Vandalia Vandalia Sport Fishing & Conservation Club Vandalia Lake June 14 John Blythe

618-283-2475

Villa Park Villa Park Sportsmen Club North Terrace Pond June 7 Joseph Kubica

847-985-4057

Watseka Watseka Park Dist./Iroquois Co. Pheasants Forever Lakeview Park June 7 815-432-3931
Waukegan Waukegan Park District Bevier Park June 7 Laura Pendergrass

847-782-3621

Wayne St. Domitilla School Cub Scout Fishing Derby Pratt Wayne Woods June 7 Alan Gilbert

708-547-0970

Wayne Cicero Youth Assoc. Boy Scout Fishing Derby Pratt Wayne Woods June 7 Alan Gilbert

708-547-0970