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How To Get Started Fishing​

Take your kids fishing, make some great memories, or even start a fun summer tradition! Spending time in nature is not only good for your health and your soul, but it also can create a wonderful and lasting bond with your children. Relaxing times by a gurgling brook or whispering stream or placid lake. Best of all, taking the kids fishing need not be expensive or require a lot of time, or mean a long drive. Getting started isn’t complicated. Follow our basic equipment guide and you’ll be hooked before you know it! ​For bag & possession limits, fee information, educational videos and much more, view the interactive fishing brochure​.

 Find Your Hot Spot


Looking for a place to go this weekend? "Fishing Close To Home​" is a great resource for local fishing holes.​

 Fishing Calendar


Outdoor Heritage Day - Palisade
Saturday, April 25

This FREE family event will provide kids and adults with an opportunity to explore the outdoors! Try your hand at fishing, archery or .22 shooting along with many other activities for you to try. You may even go home with some free prizes! Lunch is provided from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., first come, first served.

31st Annual No Name Fishing Tournament
Saturday, May 16

The annual No Name Fishing Tournament will take place on the weekend of May 16th and 17th, 2015. Three species of fish will qualify for this tournament. They are trout (any sub-species), Northern Pike and Salmon. First place will be for the largest trout (lbs), 2nd place for the largest pike (lbs.), and 3rd place for the largest salmon (lbs.). Fourth place on down to 17th place will be for the next largest fish of any of the three species (lbs.).

CO Bowfishing Assoc. Tournament
Saturday, July 18

Bow fishermen will seek carp at 11 Mile in teams of 1-3 people for cash and prizes.

T.U.N.E Camp (The Ultimate Nature Experience)
Thursday, July 30

Cal-Wood partners with Pheasants Forever, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Trout Unlimited, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to create the most unique opportunity of the summer. This camp is definitely for the outdoor enthusiast– learn and practice outdoor skills that will last you a lifetime. Hike and explore in the mountains, learn how to fish by fly and reel, work on your archery skills, learn survival and orienteering skills, learn about Colorado wildlife, work with hunting dogs, identify tracks, and do some trap shooting along-side.22 shooting. You’ll have a chance to learn about careers in the great outdoors alongside actual outdoor professionals. Join us for the most memorable week of your summer with friends new and old in the mountains of Cal-Wood. This camp is for 12-15 year olds.

For a complete list of fishing events, visit the CPW Calendar.

 Five-Year Review

Brown Trout

Colorado Parks and Wildlif​e is seeking public input on fishing regulations for the period 2016-2020 and would like to hear from you. 

Please provide input​ through our public comment form. We are seeking your comments from now until April 13 2015.​​​

 Bait-Fishing Basics

For more fishing tips, visit the How To videos page.