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IDNR hosting summer urban fishing clinics in southern Illinois


(WSIL) -- Learning how to fish is fun and free for youngsters and families during Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Urban Fishing Program summer clinics.

The free clinics are open to kids, families, seniors, and groups interested in learning to fish and enjoying a day outdoors.

Fishing instructors present information on fish and other aquatic life, rules and regulations for fishing, as well as basic instruction on baiting a hook, tying a knot, casting, important tactics on how to catch fish, and how to handle and return fish to the water.

As part of each clinic, participants are provided with rods, reels, bait and tackle for catch-and-release fishing. Current health and safety protocols will be observed.

For more information on fishing opportunities in Illinois, check the I Fish Illinois website at

IDNR Urban Fishing Program 2021 Summer Clinics in Southern Illinois

Evergreen Park, Carbondale
Monday through Friday through Aug. 13, 2021
Two clinics each day - 9:00-11:30a and 1:00-3:30p
Reservations required – please call 217-415-0043

Veterans Park, Mt. Vernon
Monday through Friday through July 9, 2021
Two clinics each day – 9:00-11:30a and 1:00-3:30p
Reservations/Information: 618-314-0437

Foundation Park, Centralia
Monday through Friday – July 13-Aug. 13, 2021
Two clinics each day – 9:00-11:30a and 1:00-3:30p
Reservations/Information:  618-314-0437

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