Test Your Fishing Skills at Popular Hard Water Classic Ice Fishing Tourney Feb. 8

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(Note: This event has been canceled due to unsafe ice conditions.) 


Test Your Fishing Skills at Popular Hard Water Classic Ice Fishing Tournament Feb. 8

Chicagoland’s largest ice fishing tournament offers fun for all ages

(Dec. 5, 2019) — Anglers of all ages are invited to test their skills at the annual Hard Water Classic ice fishing tournament on Saturday, Feb. 8 from noon to 3:30 p.m. on the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Silver Lake at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville.

The top three catches of largemouth bass, bluegill, northern pike and crappie will receive gift cards of $125, $100 and $75 to local sporting goods stores. The angler with the largest fish overall will win a gas-powered auger or ice shelter. Registrants will also have a chance to win door prizes, such as a gas-powered auger, ice shelter, tip-ups and rod-and-reel combinations. See photos from the 2018 event.

Registration is $20 in advance online or $25 at the event. Proceeds will support ranger-led recreation programs that provide outdoor experiences for special-needs groups, youth groups, Scouts and community resource centers in DuPage County.

Check-in is 11 to 11:45 a.m., and tournament fishing runs noon to 3:30 p.m. Participants must bring their own gear and bait and comply with all applicable fishing regulations and tournament rules. Anglers 16 and older who are not legally disabled must carry valid Illinois fishing licenses.

The main entrance to Blackwell Forest Preserve is on Butterfield Road 0.25 mile west of Winfield Road.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60+ forest preserves, 166 miles of trails, six education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, blogFacebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.


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