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The Forge Fishing Derby 2022

Join Us For Fun & Competition Fishing Derbies

Sun, September 18th, 2022, 5:30 am

Whether you’re looking for family fun with the kiddos or you’re in it to win it, The Forge Fishing Derby 2022 is the place for anglers of all ages to be this September. Come cast a line with us at the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area for some of the best fishing in the Chicagoland area. Kids get to fish Lower Quarry Shelf for any species while our all-ages competition anglers are out for Largemouth Bass!

Location:
Lemont Quarries, 1001 Main Street Lemont, IL, 60439

Details

Date:
Sun, September 18th, 2022, 5:30 am
Price:
$5 or $20 / Angler

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Fishing License 

All fishers 16 years and older will need a valid Illinois Fishing License in order to participate. Click here to purchase a license online.

Event Overview

Check-In: 5:30am
Derbies: 7:30am
Awards: 12:00pm

Beginners & Families Fun Fishing Derby: $5 per angler

All-Ages Competition Fishing Derby: $20 per angler

 

No walk-up registrations allowed on the day of the event.

No refunds for no-shows.

 

Fishing License 

All fishers 16 years and older will need a valid Illinois Fishing License in order to participate. Entrants will be asked to provide a picture of their valid Illinois/out of state fishing license when they check in. Click here to purchase a license online, or obtain a license from Bass Pro Shops, or by calling 866-716-6550.

Beginners & Families Fun Fishing Derby

Check-in: 5:30am, Kreuger Quarry Picnic Tables

Time: 7:30-10:00am

Equipment: Must bring own fishing equipment and bait. Two poles maximum. No boats allowed.

Ages: minimum 5 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Price: $5 per angler

 

Beginners and families participating in the Fun Fishing Derby will fish Quarry Lake at the Lower Quarry Shelf for any fish. An expert will be on hand to help and guide participants and to offer pointers. All anglers will receive a Participation Medal when they finish fishing. 

 

 

Note: Children under the age of 16 do not need a fishing license. The adult accompanying a child fishing does not need a fishing license if he/she does not participate in fishing at all. Usually the adult casts, sets the hook, and/or helps the child reel in, in which case, that adult would need a valid Illinois fishing license. (Per DNR site) 

Participants ages 16 and up can purchase a license online here.

All-Ages Competition Fishing Derby

Check-in: 5:30am, Kreuger Quarry Picnic Tables

Time: 7:30-10:30am

Equipment

  • BYOBoat!
  • Fishing equipment: 2 poles maximum and bait
  • Scale
  • Measuring stick or tape measure

Ages: minimum 5 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Price: $20 per angler

 

Anglers of all ages will cast their lines for Largemouth Bass on either Kreuger Quarry Lake or Great Lakes Quarry. Participants must provide their own fishing equipment and boat. A  $200 cash prize will be awarded for the heaviest Largemouth Bass!

 

Competition Derby Rules

  • Catch and release
  • Two poles and line fishing only
  • Angler will take a photo of the fish on a scale with weight clearly visible in the photo and a picture of the fish on a measuring stick/tape. Bring pictures to check in at the end of Derby for verification.
  • Angler must be present to receive cash prize and trophy. Award is given to the angler with the single heaviest fish. In the event of a tie, the award goes to the longest fish by length. If the angler is NOT present, the award will be given to the angler with the next heaviest fish who is present.

 

 

Note: Children under the age of 16 do not need a fishing license.

Participants ages 16 and up can purchase a license online here.

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