UPDATE 5/29/2020 - Fishing will continue to be allowed.  Users should follow Restore Illinois Guidelines – Boating & Fishing Guidelines and maintain proper social distancing requirements.

www2.illinois.gov/dceo/RestoreIL_DOCS/J011328%20DCEO%20Restore%20IL%20-%20Guidelines%20-%20Boating-fishing%20-%20r6.pdf


The 2020 Fishing Tournament will NOT be held this year.






FREE FISHING WEEKEND AT PAUL EMERY PARK LAGOON
This event kicks off the beginning of Paul Emery Park’s fishing tournament. On this special weekend, you may go fishing at the Memorial Park Lagoon without a fishing license. This weekend begins Saturday, June 20, 2020 and ends Monday, June 22, 2020.
FISHING TOURNAMENT
There will be a certain number of tagged catfish stocked in the lagoon for this season’s fishing contest. Please do not bring your tagged fish into the Park Office, only the tag from your fish. This contest begins at 6:00 AM, Saturday, June 20, 2020 and will end Friday, July 17, 2020. You must have a license to fish with the exception of Free Fishing Weekend.

Special Events


  • Free Fishing Weekend

  • Fishing Tournament

  • Candy Cane Hunt