South Elgin's Tuna Kahuna offers free fishing contest for kids

  • South Elgin's annual Tuna Kahuna returns Saturday, June 15 to Blackhawk Park Pond. It is one of many "Free Fishing Weekend" events throughout Illinois.

    South Elgin's annual Tuna Kahuna returns Saturday, June 15 to Blackhawk Park Pond. It is one of many "Free Fishing Weekend" events throughout Illinois. Courtesy of Village of South Elgin

 
Submitted by Village of South Elgin
Updated 6/11/2019 5:54 PM

While there are no actual saltwater tuna swimming in South Elgin's ponds, there are plenty of impressively large freshwater fish available for Tuna Kahuna, the annual free fishing contest for children, age 15 or younger.

The popular event will be 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Blackhawk Park Pond, 1479 Blackhawk Circle, South Elgin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"We've been stocking Blackhawk Pond since 2003," said Kim Wascher, Director of South Elgin Parks & Recreation. "There are catfish more 30 inches, and the bass are huge."

Prizes will be awarded for the longest fish caught in five different categories: bass, blue gill, carp, catfish and other.

Each winner will receive a rod/reel combo, tackle box, boat net, minnow bucket, minnow net, fishing line and trophy.

Tuna Kahuna coincides with Free Fishing Weekend throughout Illinois.

"There's no need to worry about fishing licenses," Wascher said. "It's a great opportunity for families to enjoy time in the park."

Registration for Tuna Kahuna is on-site only and begins at 8 a.m. First cast of fishing lines is 9 a.m.

All participants must bring their own fishing equipment and be accompanied by an adult.

Bait and concessions will be available for sale.

For more information about Tuna Kahuna and other South Elgin events, visit www.southelgin.com/SummerFun.

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