Participants will have the opportunity to fish in a trout pond, catch their fish, be taught how to clean it at the cleaning station and then have it cooked to enjoy on site.
GRAFTON — What do you get when you combine casting, Fredbird, fishing lures and Camo the Clown? Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair at Pere Marquette, which has become Illinois’ largest free fishing event.
Pere Marquette is joining the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to offer a family fishing fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at Pere Marquette State Park, 13112 Visitor Center Lane.
“The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is providing fishing poles and bait to be used for the event,” Urban Fishing Coordinator Scott Isringhausen said. “This event is 100 percent free and we have over 25 different stations including casting, knot-tying, contests and virtual fishing.”
Fetch-N-Fish will have a 4,000-gallon aquarium on display. Dog shows will be featured at 11:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Participants will have the opportunity to fish in a trout pond, catch their fish, be taught how to clean it at the cleaning station and then have it cooked to enjoy on site. A bluegill pond will give everyone a chance to catch a bluegill and have a photo taken with it at the “First Fish” station.
“Of our 25 different stations, seven of those have prizes that our guests will be able to take home,” Isringhausen said. “We want to get families out together and learn about our natural resources and learn to fish.”
For information, call (618) 786-3323, ext. 1. The event also is sponsored by the Wood River Refinery, Cabela’s, Walmart and Radio Disney.