I had hoped that they weren't going to charge this year.
Several reasons for the fee have been proposed by folks on this message board, i.e.
-Pays for insurance for the city
-targeted toward folks they don't want using the park
-or, they just see it as a way to make some money
Their choice but it's too bad that it impacts the area business's
Less fishermen at the dam means that the gas station, the local fast food places, etc, get less business
I make a point of still visiting the Dam Bait Shop to pick up supplies, lures, etc. Not their fault that the city charges a fee.
As for fishing the dam, yea it's an easy focus and their are a lot of fish there soemtimes but the Kankakee is a large river with other spots
I've been fishing it for over 5 years and I don't know a fraction of the water that holds fish.
Best bet is just get out and explore a few new places. Sure, sometimes it works and other times it doesn't but that's the fun of it.
If fishing just means keeping score on the number of fish I catch then I could just go back to golf
Enjoy the experience not just the results