HEParks fishing programs continue to grow through donations
Outdoor outfitter Cabela's, Hoffman Estates, donated 20+ rods and reels to Hoffman Estates Park District (HEParks) fishing program. Every year, Cabela's collects gently used fishing equipment during their Spring Fishing Classic and donates them to local organizations to encourage people to be outdoors.
This is the second fishing rod and reel donation HEParks has received from Cabela's Hoffman Estates. The first donation enabled the park district to increase fishing opportunities and run free learn to fish events, introduction to fishing, advanced fishing techniques classes, and fishing derbies using the donated equipment.
"These donations are huge not only for HEParks but also for community members interested in learning to fish," said Kyle Goddard, who teaches fishing and runs Bass Leagues for the district. "Fishing can be an expensive sport to begin. This donation allows fishing to be accessible to the entire community as program participants no longer need to purchase equipment."
Interest and participation in HEParks fishing programs increased over the past year as residents sought safe outdoor family activities.
"Families joined our fishing programs as a way to get outside during the COVID-19 Pandemic and are now hooked on fishing. The majority of our participants are families with children, many who have never fished previously,"said Goddard.
In response to the growing popularity of fishing in the area and to the influx of advanced fishing students, HEParks started both Youth and High School Bass Fishing Leagues. In these leagues, anglers learn advanced techniques, participate in tournaments to gain points, and end the year in state classic. Registration is now open for the Bass League at HEParks.org.
HEParks maintains 15 stocked fishing ponds across Hoffman Estates. These ponds contain various fish, including Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel-Catfish, and Northern Pike. It is free to fish in the district with a fishing license.
For more information on fishing, visit heparks.org/fishing.