Event calendar

Summer Sendoff Fishing Derby

Event information

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2023

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

Fee: $5 per person per session.

Age: Ages 5 and older.

Contact: 815-722-4121

Location: Hidden Lakes Trout Farm at Hidden Oaks Preserve

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A group of four people fishing along a shoreline. Photo by Anthony Schalk

Event details

Calling all anglers! Come on out to Hidden Lakes Trout Farm and try your hand at fishing. We invite you to find the best spot along the shore and try your luck at catching fish. We will provide one free container of nightcrawlers. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded for the biggest catch. Winners will be announced as soon as results are tallied. Pack a lunch and bring your favorite fishing pole.

Sign up for one derby session or both! The first 25 registrants will receive a free giveaway!  

Two sessions will be offered:

  • 7 to 9 a.m.
  • 10 a.m. to noon

Event requirements

Registration is required by Saturday, Sept. 23: 815-722-4121. Registration is available the day of the derby if spots remain.


Shoreline fishing and the pier are accessible from the parking lot. 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.