The NIAA's fishing derby provides anglers with family fun while supporting efforts to increase interest and stewardship on the Kankakee River.
Each summer, sport fish in the Illinois portion of the Kankakee River are worth their weight in gold. Not all of them, of course. But, if you're lucky, you might land a fish with a tag for the Kankakee River Valley Fishing Derby, that freshwater fish is worth a minimum of $500 in cash, merchandise or services.
But catching a tagged fish is just one way that registered anglers can win at the derby sponsored by the Northern Illinois Anglers Association. As a nonprofit organization, NIAA works to preserve and improve the ecology of lakes, rivers and streams while providing recreational opportunities. This annual event has been held since 1984.