Family Fish School

Do you want to try fishing with your family? A great place to do it is in one of the fishing lakes of the Cook County Forest Preserve.

There are a lot of reasons why you should go fishing. Here are some of those reasons. (source:

  1. Contribute to Conservation: By purchasing fishing licenses and paying special taxes you contribute to the preservation of water wildlife.
  2. Stress Relief: Spending a day outside helps to release you from highly stressful, everyday environment. Nothing brings on the sense of being alive and helps to rebuild our personal reserves like a day spent interacting with nature.
  3. Social Bonding: Sharing a fishing experience helps strengthen relationships with family and friends.
  4. Health Benefits: Being outside and being active helps to make you feel better and encourages a healthier way of life. Driving to your local grocery store and fast food restaurant might be convenient, but fishing can also help you burn those unwanted calories, increase the quality of your lifestyle, and add years to your life.
  5. Recreation: Having a bad day of fishing still beats a day in the office or tending to house chores. T
  6. Self Fulfillment: Fishing offers you the chance to improve your self-esteem through respect for the environment, mastering outdoor skills and achieving personal goals. Fishing can also play an important role in ones personal and social development. Fishing is a lifetime skill and activity that can be enjoyed at any age. Just ask a youngster who reeled in their first fish how much fun fishing can be.
  7. Fishing for Food: Wild fish are low in fat and cholesterol and high in protein. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends a regular diet of fish.
  8. The Thrill: Fishing has a way of fulfilling an age-old need of pursuing and catching. The thrill lies in the challenge, such as stalking an elusive wild trout or matching the hatch. But there are many who will be quick to profess that it’s not the catching of fish that’s important, but the immeasurable life lessons that you will experience along the way.

Have fun with your family learning about fish and fishing with the Forest Preserves’ fish biologist. The best part about it is – of course, it’s FREE! This activity will be on August 28, Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm. Registration is required, so contact the River Trail Nature Center at (847) 824-8360.


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