Fishing Lessons/Derby

Fishing Derby (1)

Leclaire Lake Park, 900 Hale Ave., Edwardsville, IL 62025

Fishing Lessons

Tuesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 22 at 9 a.m.

The Edwardsville Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to offer youth up to age 15 free fishing lessons at Leclaire Lake Park!  There are 2 classes to choose from with each class being 2.5 hours in length. We ask that all children be accompanied by an adult, but no equipment is necessary!  Classes will be taught by an IDNR representative. Register by calling 618-692-7538! 

Fee: Free

Registration Preferred for Lessons

Fishing Derby

    June 24, 2023 from 8 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

  • On Saturday, June 24, 2023, all kids are invited to bring their fishing pole and bait to Leclaire Lake Park for the Leclaire Lake Fishing Derby.  This derby is designed for youth up to 15 years old, accompanied by an adult.  

    • Just bring your pole, bait (live bait suggested), water, and pliers to help un-hook what you catch! 

8:30 AM - Registration for the Leclaire Lake Fishing Derby begins. Located near Gazebo.  
9:00 AM - A representative from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will start the day off right with a presentation on fishing safety along with some great tips on how to catch “The Big One.”  

Then it’s on to the fishing!  Participants have an hour and a half to catch as many fish as they can and once the air horn blows at 10:45 AM prizes will be given out

First 50 participants will receive a goodie bag! ALL participants will receive a cherry limeade from sonic. 


This event would not be the same without the trophy sponsor, BJs Printables - Drinks sponsor, Sonic - leadership of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources!

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In case of severe weather, please check the Parks Facebook page

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