It’s a life long sport that can be done any time of the year and almost anywhere.
“You could do it alone or with friends, or family. Then you can almost fish in all seasons; in the spring fish are spawning, in the summer they go a bit deeper, fall they come to feed again and winter you can ice fish right on the pond as long as the ice is four inches thick,” said Bob McNeel, Assistant Manager of Site Operations at the DuPage County Forest Preserve.
All you need to fish locally is a pole, some bait and a license if you’re over the age of 16, and you’ll want to make sure your adhering to other state laws such as only using two poles to a person.
“So you can actively only be fishing with two fishing poles and you have to be attending to them, you can’t walk away and come back. Then you’ll want to know the size limits of the fish if you want to keep them, but we encourage people to practice catch and release so someone else can catch them,” McNeel said.
Depending on where you choose to fish in the area; both the DuPage Forest Preserve and the Park District stock their ponds with a variety of fish.
“We have some pumpkin seeds that kind of have a reddish mark on their gill cover. We have large mouth bass other sunfish, green fish, and hybrids – they often hybridize. So you get a variety of different species, fresh water species,” said Angelique Harshman, Manager of the Knoch Knolls Nature Center.
Fishing is allowed all hours that the preserve and parks are open – dawn to one hour after dusk.
Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale reports.
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