Lake Shelbyville Kids Fishing Tournament

Published May 7, 2021

For Immediate Release:

07 May 2021

Release No.: 21-07

Lake Shelbyville Kids Fishing Tournament


Lake Shelbyville - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville and

Friends of Lake Shelbyville is hosting a free fishing tournament for

children 12 and under on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Opossum Pond.  The pond

is located near the entrance to the Opossum Creek Recreation Area.

Participants must pre-register by calling (217) 774-3951 ext. 2, or email Information needed: name of participant, age

of participant on event day, name of parent/guardian, and phone number for



Registration check in begins at 8:30 a.m. for the age 6 and under category,

and participants will fish from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m.  Registration check in

begins at 9:30 a.m. for the age 7-9 and 10-12 category, and participants

will fish from 10:00 a.m. to11:00 a.m.  Prizes will be awarded for biggest

fish, smallest fish, and most fish in each age division.  All children will

receive a certificate for participating.  The tournament will be limited to

bank fishing only.  All participants are required to bring and wear a life

jacket.  Fishing equipment (including tackle and bait) is not provided, and

children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


Volunteers are needed to assist with baiting, weighing, measuring, helping

kids, and recording tournament information.  The supplies for all volunteer

activities will be provided, but if you have supplies that you would like to

bring and use during the event, please do so.  All volunteers will receive

one free night of camping at Lake Shelbyville at a U.S. Army Corps of

Engineers Campground.


Illinois Free Fishing Days are June 18th - June 21st.  Fishing is a sport

enjoyed by all ages and is recognized as one of the most peaceful of all

recreational opportunities.  Illinois' Free Fishing Days provide families

and individuals an opportunity to try recreational fishing without the

commitment of purchasing a fishing license.  Fishing is a great way to spend

time with your family in the great outdoors.

Get your rods and reels ready to go, bring the kids, and watch them enjoy a

free fun morning of fishing at Lake Shelbyville.  If you would like further

information, to pre-register, or to volunteer call the Lake Shelbyville

Interpretive Services and Outreach Department at (217) 774-3951 ext. 2.




Ashley Florey

Release no. 21-035