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CANCELLED - "Ed Paprocki" Fox Lake Take A Vet Fishing Event - 2020


Take A Vet Fishing | ILLINOIS

CANCELLED - "Ed Paprocki" Fox Lake Take A Vet Fishing Event - 2020

July 12 th


Event Schedule



7am - 11am

Fishing Time


Veterans Honor Ceremony


Flag Presentation and the National Anthem




Veteran Recognition Tribute






LOCATION - Musky Tales on Channel Lake!

WELCOME to the "Ed Paprocki" 2020 Illinois Take a Vet Fishing Event

ILLINOIS FISHING LICENSE is needed for all participants. You must provide your own fishing license.

ALL BOATS on the Chain O' Lakes must display a Fox Waterway Agency sticker.

A 1-DAY FOX CHAIN WATERWAY STICKER will be provided to any guide who needs one.

Boat Captains are responsible for providing your own live bait. Live Bait will be available at a discounted rate the morning of the event at Musky Tales.

Boats can launch anywhere on the Fox Chain of Lakes. The Musky Tales Launches will be open for our event as well at no charge


Launch #1

Musky Tales

25836 Rte 173

Antioch, IL 60002


Launch #2

25705 W. Rte 173

Antioch, IL. 60002


Registration/Check-In starts at 6:00am for BOTH Veterans and Guides at Musky Tales.

Fishing Time is 7:00 – 11:00am. Please be off the water by 11:30am.

Veterans Honor Ceremony will start at 12:00 noon at Musky Tales - There will be a shuttle bus for anyone who uses the boat 2nd boat launch at 25705 W. Rte 173 to bring you to Musky Tales after fishing an then bring you back after the honor ceremony. All families of participating military personnel are welcome to join. Each guest must be registered through the Take a Vet Fishing website at takeavetfishing.org.

Flag Presentation and the National Anthem will begin at 12:30pm honoring all of our active and retired US Military Veterans. 

Lunch will be served starting at 12:45pm.

Veteran Recognition Tribute will immediately follow lunch at 1:30pm. Each Veteran who participates in the event will be recognized with gifts.


If you or a family member would like to volunteer your time and/or talents to help with this great event, please click on "VOLUNTEER Sign-Up"



The Hotel stay is available for all Veterans who are traveling over 60 miles in order to attend this event. This hotel stay will be for Saturday night(the night before the event). Please keep in mind that you will need to checkout from the hotel prior to fishing. Our event does not conclude until 3pm, by this time, the hotel would need your items completely out of the rooms.

All hotel rooms must be requested by June 3rd 2020. If you do not request a room by this date, Take a Vet Fishing will not be able to cover your room. We will release our block of rooms back to the hotel by June 4th.

Comfort Inn & Suites

6080 Gurnee Mills Cir. E. 

Gurnee, IL.  60031


***NOTE: TAVF will pay for your hotel room only if you are over 60 miles away from the event.