The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has an “Access to Fishing” fishing pole loaner program. It’s a unique way for those wanting to try fishing without having to buy equipment. Fishing poles are available at locations such as libraries and bait stores across the state.
The equipment is available to be borrowed at no cost and is handled much like checking out a library book. Tackle packets with hooks, sinkers, etc. and instructional fishing information is also available at no cost.
To find a location in your area, go to www.ifishillinois.org and click on fishing programs.