Event calendar

Kids Fishing Derby

Event information

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2023

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $5 per person per session.

Age: Ages 5-15.

Contact: 815-722-4121

Location: Hidden Lakes Trout Farm at Hidden Oaks Preserve

View on Google Maps

A closeup of a bluegill from underwater. Photo via Shutterstock

Event details

Calling all kids ages 5 to 15!  Come 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 for the largest fish in three different age categories: 5 to 7, 8 to 10 and 11 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 ice cream!

Three sessions will be offered:

  • 7 to 9 a.m.
  • 10 a.m. to noon
  • 1 to 3 p.m.

Event requirements

Registration is required: 815-722-4121. Registration is also 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.