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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


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.

Fishing at Rock Canyon
Saturday, August 1

Join Intern Ranger Ben to hike to and fish in Rock Pond. Fishing poles available or bring your own. 16 and older will need a fishing license. This is a moderate 5 mile hike.

Fly fishing
Saturday, August 1

Learn all you want to know about the art of fly fishing, what flies to use, how to cast, and witch fish are the tastiest. Meet at the Golden Gate Canyon Visitors Center in the morning for all the information you could ever want on Fly Fishing. In the afternoon come to Kriley pond and practice your skills. Some rods are provided.

Let's Fish! A Family Fishing Day
Sunday, August 2

Do you have fond memories of fishing with a friend or family member and want to share that feeling with your family? Then this is the clinic for you and your family! Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be hosting a clinic to teach you how to get started in fishing. Various techniques will be covered from basic to intermediate.

Free Fishing Clinic
Monday, August 3

Come celebrate Colorado Day for free entry into the park! Join us anytime between 12-2 pm for tips and tricks on how to fish. Fishing gear will be available to use. Under 16 years old? No license needed. 16 or older? Come get your license at the Visitors Center.

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

 How to Release a Trout Safely

 Bait-Fishing Basics

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