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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 fishi​ng b​rochure​.​

 Fishing Calendar


Crawfishin’ Expedition
Sunday, May 29

Kids - It’s time for a crawfishin’ expedition! Join the hunt for the wily crawdads of 11 Mile. Please bring a container for your catch if you want to keep it. Poles and bait will be provided. Bring a container for your catch.

Intro to Fly-Fishing- NE6420
Monday, May 30

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host an introduction to fly-fishing clinic just outside the town of Bailey, CO on May 30. This clinic is for adults (16 years and older) who are new or just beginners to fly-fishing. Students will spend half the day in classroom instruction, followed by hands-on application at a nearby river and ponds.

Free Fishing Weekend
Saturday, June 4

Statewide Free Fishing Weekend June 4 & 5, 2016. A fishing license is not required this weekend. All other regulations & fees including Bag Limits and the State Park Vehicle Pass apply.

2nd Annual Ridgway Smallmouth Bass Fishing Tournament
Saturday, June 4

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Win a boat, fishing gear! No entry fees! Anglers test your skills. How many smallmouth bass and northern pike can you catch?!

Colorado Free Fishing Day! – Children’s Program
Saturday, June 4

North Shore Amphitheater. Children are invited to go fishing with Park Interpreter Charlene. Kids may borrow one of the park’s fishing poles or bring your own. Bait will also be provided for the kids.

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.