Fishing in Downers Grove

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Champion angler John Angel knows the best spots to find large schools of largemouth and smallmouth bass throughout the scenic waterways of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. During fishing trips, he escorts groups to these prime locales aboard his trusty 22-foot pro erNitro bass boat, fully loaded with poles and artificial lures for use. Excursions range from a half-day on the water up to multiple-day trips, complete with transportation, gas, lodging, and meals included.

5N250 Lloyd Avenue
Itasca,
IL
US

Legacy Paintball and Airsoft Park is a field of dreams, and those dreams belong to Paul Ciesiun. He grew up on paintball fields, and when he was old enough, he owned and operated one, but he still couldn't find a field that matched what he remembered playing on as a kid. So he set out to build one. He found a piece of land in Lockport and along with a crew, cleared away the old tires, abandoned stoves, and forgotten cars that had been dumped there over the years. This set the stage for a paintball and airsoft arena that drew from the best of '90s-era paintball, but with a modern spin. Here, players spread out over four different fields as they duck behind trees or take aim from behind fabricated walls. On-site campgrounds and fishing holes provide players with a place to sleep and eat if they want to make a weekend of it or simulate their ancestors' experience of living off the land with nothing but sacks of paintballs to sleep on.

2807 Canal Street
Lockport,
IL
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Be Active Outdoors organizes physical and recreational activities for adults and children of all fitness levels. Regular events challenge locals to break their sedentary habits with 10-mile bike rides, lessons on revitalizing waterways, and group adventure races. An annual river-basin tournament combines a focus on conservation with thrilling paddleboat and shoreline fishing. The Amped Up Adventure race complicates traditional adventure racing with urban elements including biking, running, paddling, and an obstacle course to get people moving in their home environments.

107 Spruce Street
Aurora,
IL
US

For a menu that has everything under the sea (literally), head to Chicago's East Side neighborhood for fresh seafood dishes at Calumet Fisheries. Put the diet on pause when you visit Calumet Fisheries — there are no low-fat menu items. Calumet Fisheries is great for families with kids. Take advantage of the lenient pup policy, and bring your four-legged friend to the restaurant.

Be sure to show up for dinner a little early — Calumet Fisheries does not accept reservations. Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Calumet Fisheries patrons come in casual attire. You can also grab your food to go.

Guests of Calumet Fisheries' East 95th Street location can park their vehicles on the street.

Your bill at Calumet Fisheries will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang! Calumet Fisheries is cash-only, so plan a trip to the ATM before heading over. You can stop by at practically any time, since Calumet Fisheries serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

3259 East 95th Street
Chicago,
IL
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1305 S Halsted St
Chicago,
IL
US

It's easy to miss Dan's Tackle Service & Fly Fishing Gear, a shop marked only by a sign that reads Open. Come in; however, for fishermen and fisherwomen, this spot is worth a bit of extra searching. That's because, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, “anything a fisherman needs — hip waders and boots to fishing cloves and BluBlocker shades — Pieczonka’s got it in stock.”

Dan Pieczonka is the owner of Dan's Tackle Service & Fly Fishing Gear and a passionate fisherman who cast his first line at the age of 4 into Montrose Harbor. He began crafting custom fly-fishing rods in 1970 and, in 1981, opened his shop in the upstairs apartment of his childhood home. A Vietnam veteran who also served in the navy, Dan has cast lines into bodies of water across the world. He can recommend the best fishing spots not only in and around Chicago but also in places like Saskatchewan and the Bahamas.

2237 W McLean Ave
Chicago,
IL
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