Fishing’s easy for Chicago families at these four events

Summer is basically made for lazy days in or around the water. And while you might have perfected swimming, canoeing or cannonballing, have you considered fishing? We have it on good authority that it’s not just for retirees anymore. And this month, four events let kids try it out.

Trout for dinner, anyone?

Family Fishing Frenzy. Kids with special needs can try their hand at fishing thanks to this event co-sponsored by NEDSRA. The afternoon includes games, crafts and music—in addition to fishing, of course—for the whole family. Bring your own fishing pole and other equipment. And if you pre-register, you can make a day of it: lunch is served at noon. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 7. Oakbrook Terrace Park District, 1 South 325 Ardmore Ave., Oakbrook Terrace. (630) 627-6100,

Just for Kids Fishing Derby. It’s right there in the name: This friendly competition is only for kids 15 and younger. Prizes are awarded for the top catches in four different age categories. Bait is provided (while supplies last), but bring your own gear for fishing fun. Free. 8 a.m.-noon. June 8. Blackwell Forest Preserve, Butterfield Road (Route 56), one mile east of Route 59, Warrenville. (630) 933-7200,

Take Me Fishing Promotion. A fishing license can cost more than $30, so newbies should take advantage of this chance to sample the action without having to invest. Stick to the shore, or rent a boat (regular rates apply) and go a little deeper. There are added incentives, too: on Friday, receive a voucher for a free one-hour boat rental; on Saturday, get a box of night crawlers; and on Sunday, receive a free fishing pole rental. Free. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. June 13-15. Monee Reservoir, 27341 Ridgeland Ave., Monee. (708) 534-8499,

Family Fishing. The whole crew (ages 4 and up) can get in on the action at this catch-and-release fishing event at Lake Marmo. BYO fishing pole, but bait is provided. A state fishing license is required for participants 16 or older. $17, $10 members. 7:30-10 a.m. June 29. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074,

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