What’s a little delay when it comes to fishing?

After being postponed for a week due to dangerous Kankakee River conditions following several days of heavy rainfall, the 38th Kankakee River Fishing Derby is underway.

Lines could be dropped at 12:01 a.m. Friday and the event runs through 6 p.m. July 18.

Coordinated by the Northern Illinois Anglers Association, derby officials anticipate hundreds of participants. The registration fee is $20 per family or individual.

Ken Munjoy, NIAA president, said of the approximate 400 who have already registered, many are expected to have at least a few family members fishing throughout the derby.

To find a registration form, visit: bit.ly/3wkHplz.

Participants must also have a valid fishing license. Fishing licenses can be purchased at most bait and tackle shop, as well as sporting goods stores. Licenses can also be purchased online at www2.illinois.gov/dnr.

Lee Provost, an award-winning reporter, has been writing local news stories for The Daily Journal since 1988. He is a lifelong resident of the region. Provost can be reached at lprovost@daily-journal.com.