Canton, NC

#1 Sep 13, 2011
I'm new to the area and was wondering where the best places are to take the kids bank fishing. We've already been to Crab Orchard. It is very nice but you really need a boat for such a large lake. Any suggestions?

Dubuque, IA

#2 Sep 13, 2011
Crab Orchard has a place called Wolf Creek that you can bank fish off of. You go down the road right accross from the Crab orchard Wildlife Refuge and make a left at the end. You need to purchase a parking pass for like $3 a day or buy a pass.

Canton, NC

#3 Sep 14, 2011
Thanks. I went to the Visitor Center yesterday and got my annual pass and a map.

On another note...I read an EPA report that said not to eat any fish from Crab Orchard dure to contaiminents. Is this old news or is it factual?
Better places


#4 Sep 14, 2011
Kids are about quantity not quality. Depends on their age and attention span. Ask around at the visitors center at Crab. They have a bunch of walk in ponds. There are better places to take a kid than Wolf Creek. As for eating the fish, depends on size and type. But, no reason to risk it with the thousand other places in Southern Illinois.
try a pond

West Frankfort, IL

#5 Sep 14, 2011
Ask somebody with a pond to let you take your kid. Somebody you work with or a neighbor will know somebody. A pond will hook a kid for life.

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