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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Rise To The Future Fishing Derby Saturday

  • The 24th Annual Rise To The Future Kids Fishing Derby sponsored by the Shawnee National Forest will begin 8 a.m. Saturday at Glen O. Jones Lake and end after lunch at noon.
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  • The 24th Annual Rise To The Future Kids Fishing Derby sponsored by the Shawnee National Forest will begin 8 a.m. Saturday at Glen O. Jones Lake and end after lunch at noon.
    A lunch will be provided for the entrants at noon by the Harrisburg Masons and Kiwanis. Prizes will be awarded following lunch.
    Four bicycles will be given away by American Legion Post 159 of Eldorado. Both the Sons of the American Legion and the Auxiliary will be participating.
    “We have 75 to 100 sponsors,” said Mike Spanel, retired U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist.
    In the derby’s 24th year, the derby has become a multi-generational tradition.
    “It is really gratifying to see 30 year old adults bring their children. The adults participated as children 20 years ago,” Spanel said.
    Prizes will be awarded for casting, and in four fish categories: Large mouth, bluegill, catfish and crappie.
    “There will be a first, second and third in each fish category and the boys will compete against boys and girls against girls,” said Spanel.
    Some use lures, but most prize-winning catches are made the old-fashioned way, with a worm on a hook and a bobber.
    Saturday is Illinois Free Fishing Day, which means parents or grandparents without fishing licenses are free to wet a line of their own.
    Additional derbies
    The Shawnee National Forest is hosting two other derbies starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Oakwood Bottoms Interpretive Site and Lake Glendale Recreation Area.
    Open to kids ages 5 through 15 years with an accompanying adult, no fishing license is needed; however, a pole and tackle are required to fish. A free lunch for attendees will also be offered beginning at 11:30 a.m. The event will be held rain or shine.
    Pre-registration for these two fishing derbies is required. To do so, please call the Shawnee National Forest for your preferred location. Those numbers are Oakwood Bottoms Interpretive Site, Grand Tower, Mississippi Bluffs Ranger Station at 618-833-8576. Lake Glendale Recreation Area, Golconda, Hidden Springs Ranger Station at 618-658-2111.
    Get Outdoors Day
    June 14 marks Get Outdoors Day nationally. In honor of the celebration, the Shawnee is encouraging visitation to the Nation’s public lands by offering free camping for the weekend. Fees will be waived at non-reserved campsites on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14.
    The Shawnee National Forest campgrounds included in the fee waiver are: Garden of the Gods, Pounds Hollow, Camp Cadiz, Pine Hills and Johnson Creek. Please note that concessionaire operated campgrounds are not included in the fee waiver.
    To discover more about the Shawnee National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/shawnee and follow us on Twitter at:  http://twitter.com/shawneenf.
    Page 2 of 2 - Paul Emery Park Fishing
    Harrisburg Township Park’s Free Fishing event at the Paul Emery Park Lagoon kicks off the beginning of the Harrisburg Township Park District’s fishing tournament. This is the only weekend of the year that families may go fishing at the Paul Emery Park Lagoon with no fishing license. This special weekend begins June 7 and ends June 9.
    There are tagged catfish stocked in the lagoon for this season’s fishing contest. The number on the fish corresponds with a prize at the park office. The contest begins 8 a.m. Saturday, June 7 and will end Friday, July 12.
    Lucky fishermen should bring the tag from the fish into the park office to receive their prize.

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