The Hooked on Fun fishing derby is a great opportunity to introduce kids to fishing in a safe and controlled environment! Four Lakes Forest Preserve provides several shallow small lakes that are easily accessible and provide an ideal setting to teach kids about fishing. Bring your own poles (limited number of loaner poles available). Forest Preserve staff will provide bait and be on hand to assist with getting your line in the water. Prizes will be awarded for largest fish in various age categories.
Severson Dells staff will have a gyotaku station (Japanese art) set up for kids to make a fish print of their catch. Raffle prizes and participation prizes will ensure no one goes home empty-handed. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a picnic by the lake. If you or your child require accessibility assistance, please contact the Forest Preserve Headquarters at (815) 877-6100 in advance to arrange assistance or please let someone know when you arrive. No fishing license needed for this special event.
Directions: 7.7 miles from Rockford city limits. Highway 70/Kilburn Ave/Trask Bridge Road – 7.7 miles to Eddie Road (next intersection after Wempletown). South 3/4 mile to Fish Hatchery Road. West 1 mile to the preserve entrance.