Fishing is Fun Awards $400,000 to 6 Angling Projects
In May 2016, Colorado Parks and Wildlife agreed to award funds of $400,000 to six projects that aim to improve angling opportunities around Colorado. Projects approved for funding will result in greater public access, restoration and construction of fishing piers, access trails, a boat dock, and a fish bypass structure to allow access to spawning habitat.
In the Northeast Region two of the projects help restore angling opportunities destroyed by the September 2013 floods. The Big Thompson fishing pier would be rebuilt, which restores and expands angling access in a prominent stretch of the river. A big part of the Button Rock Preserve project will be restoration of half a mile of quality fish habitat on the North St. Vrain.
The Fishing Is Fun program provides up to $400,000 in matching grants annually to local and county governments, park and recreation departments, water districts, angling organizations and others for projects to improve angling opportunities in Colorado.
Among the types of projects supported through Fishing Is Fun are stream and river habitat improvements, access improvements, perpetual easements for public access, pond and lake habitat improvements, fish retention structures, development of new fishing ponds, and amenity improvements such as shade shelters, benches and restrooms.
- Late November - Program announcements are typically made
- Early March - Proposals due at Parks and Wildlife area offices. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their local District Wildlife Manager or Aquatic Biologist for their input into the proposal prior to submittal.
- Early May - A review panel meets for project presentations and to develop funding recommendations.
- Mid-June - A final list of projects and funding is approved by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director.
Over nearly 25 years, the Fishing Is Fun program has supported nearly 300 angling improvement projects across the state, from the smallest towns on the Eastern Plains and the West Slope to the major metropolitan areas along the Front Range. In just the last few years, grants have been awarded for projects in or near Steamboat Springs, Lake City, Hudson, Idaho Springs, Pueblo and nearly two dozen other locations. Project sponsors have included open-space programs, water trusts, angling organizations, local and county governments and park and recreation departments.