Bordertown Guns

We were very sorry to see Bordertown Guns close. They have been great supporters of the Derby for many years and will honor their commitment for their two sponsored fish in this year's Derby. We wish them the best.
Their closing leaves us with no registration or weigh-in location on the East side of the county. NIAA board member Rick LaBuda has volunteered to be available for Derby registrations and for fish weigh-ins in front of the Bordertown building for the first 3 days of the Derby. Rick will be there Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (6/28, 29, 30) from 8 AM to 2 PM. Thanks Rick!
Please check the Big Board at before you take time out from fishing to weigh-in a fish. If your fish is smaller than the smallest fish on the Big Board, keep on fishing for a bigger one!
Please support our local bait shops, Elliott's bait and tackle in Kankakee, the Kankakee River Trading Post by the State Park, and Angelo's in Wilmington. They will be happy to register you for the Derby and to weigh-in your fish. Additional registration locations are Reed's Rent All and both Walmart stores.
Good luck in the Derby!

Published By: tyler

2021 Derby Postponed

Due to the condition of the river, the IDNR shock boats will not be able to assist with Shock and Tag this week. The Derby is being postponed one week. New dates are July 9 - July 18. Thank you!

Published By: tyler

37th Annual Derby Postponed

The 2020 Kankakee River Fishing Derby, originally scheduled to begin on June 26, is postponed for at least 30 days. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources currently cannot commit to a date to assist with Shock and Tag Day. Without their help, we cannot tag fish for the Derby. We will provide updates as they are available

Published By: tyler

Award Decision

After enlisting the help of an independent 3rd party expert, the N.I.A.A. Board of Directors has not been able to confirm that the entry of a fish with tag #0087 during this year's Kankakee River Fishing Derby met all of the requirements as stated in our rules.

To maintain the integrity of the Kankakee River Fishing Derby, the boat, motor, and trailer prize will not be awarded.

Published By: ken

36th Annual Fishing Derby

The 36th annual Kankakee River Fishing Derby kicks off on June 28 and ends July 7. However, beginning June 1st,  fishermen who are registered for the 2019 Derby can win a $50 prize by catching any fish that is tagged with a Fishing Derby tag from a previous year. 

Registration is only $20 for individuals or for the family. Registration forms will be available beginning Friday, May 31 at all area bait shops, Walmart stores, L&G Marine, and Reed's Rent All.

Published By: tyler