The annual Des Plaines Optimist's Club free Fishing Derby attracted over 60 anglers to the shores of Lake Opeka on Saturday, June 2. The blue gills, largemouth bass and catfish were biting, as children 16 years and younger competed for prizes for largest catch.
"We supply the worms, over 500 shipped in fresh, the kids bring their poles, and the fish do the rest," said Robert Bochat, chairman of the event.
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Anglers young and old were also treated to a hot dog lunch. "It's a great family event; we always get a good turnout," Bochat said.
The Optimists also hosted a free kite fly on Saturday. The gusty winds filled the skis over Lake Park with brightly colored diamonds.
The Fishing Derby and Kite Fly are only two free events sponsored by the Des Plaines Optimist Club at Lake Park. Back for a third summer are the Free Movies in the Park, presented on the big screen at the Memorial Pavilion, select Fridays at 7 p.m. On June 8, the Optimists screened "The Lion King," followed by "How to Train Your Dragon" on June 22. Fresh popcorn and snacks are available for purchase.
"With the kids out of school and great weather, the Fishing Derby and Kite Fly are a great way to kick off the season at Lake Park," said Jennifer Boys, assistant superintendent of Recreation for the Des Plaines Park District and Optimist Club member. "No license is required to fish at Lake Park, and for those who want to get right out on the water, paddleboats are available to rent. The scenic 18-hole par three golf course is open from 7 a.m. until dusk, and a 10-pass Frequent Golfer Card brings the cost per round to only $8."
For information about Lake Park fishing, golf, and activities, call the clubhouse at (847) 391-5730 or visit www.DPParks.org.
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