Reel in some fun!

Thu May 12, 2022

DeKalb, IL-Grab your gear and reel in some fun for the whole family at the DeKalb Park District’s inaugural Fishing Derby! Enjoy a fun-filled morning of fishing from 8:30-11:00 am on Saturday, June 4 at Mason Park/Larson Lake, located at 455 S. Annie Glidden Road. 

Individuals of all ages are invited to bring their tackle box, poles, and buckets for a chance to win awards and prizes for Longest, Shortest, and Most Caught in both youth and adult categories. 

“Fishing has great benefits for both mind and body,” commented the Fishing Derby event coordinator and Recreation Supervisor, Chrissy Tluczek. “It’s a great way to get some exercise, reduce stress/anxiety, improve patience/concentration, and overall, just enjoy being outdoors in our parks.”

The registration fee is $7 per resident and $9 per non-resident. Although the Fishing Derby is a rain or shine event, please check the District Rainout Line for any severe weather cancelations. All state fishing codes will be applicable and fishing licenses are required before the event. To purchase a fishing license, visit 

If you can’t join the fun on June 4, staff also encourages and allows fishing (with a permit) at Lions Park, Prairie Creek Park, Prairie Park, and Rotary Park. A full list of park amenities and locations can be found on the DeKalb Park District website interactive map. And thank you to the Fishing Derby sponsor, MetroNet

For more information about park amenities, the Fishing Derby, and to register, please visit or call (815) 758-6663. 

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