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8:00 AM-11:00 AM

Join us for our Forge Winter Youth Fishing & Fire Derby

Cast a line and warm up with our fires. Our Forge Winter Youth Fishing & Fire Derby is the perfect time for young anglers to practice their casts and hang out with new friends around the fire pits. *Alternative date will be Sunday, February 27th if event cancellation occurs.

Event Overview

  • Check-In - 7:30am, Lower Quarry Shelf

  • Fishing Restricted to The Forge Quarry

    • *Fishing is restricted to Lower Quarry Shelf and West Banks only. No fishing will be allowed along the North Edge due to risk of entanglement with ziplines

  • Awards Presentation - 11:15am, Lower Quarry Shelf

  • Must bring own fishing equipment (2 poles maximum) and bait

  • Ages 5 - 8: $5 per Registered Participant

    • Award: Medal of Participation​

  • Ages 9 - 16: $10 per Registered Participant

    • Award: $50 cash prize for Most Fish Caught​

      • Tie-breaker: Longest Fish Caught, measured by a Forge Staff Member

      • Participants aged 16 years old will require a current fishing license

  • Adults accompanying a child fishing do not need a fishing license if they do not participate in fishing at all. Adults may help bait the hook and help children cast & reel in, but cannot actively fish for them.

*Participants ages 16 and up can purchase a license online HERE.


All fishers 16 years and older will need a valid Illinois Fishing License in order to participate. Click below to find a local vendor or apply for a 24-hour license.

Fishing at The Forge: Lemont Quarries

The Heritage Quarries Recreation Area offers some of the best fishing in the Chicagoland area! With seven different quarry lakes, anglers can catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Warmouth, Black Crappie, Yellow Bullhead, Gizzard Shad, and Carp!




Largemouth Bass