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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Equipment guideHow 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


Saturday, June 24

The Elkhead Reservoir (Moffat and Routt counties) Fishing Classic tournament will take place June 24th through July 2nd. This tournament will target smallmouth bass and northern pike. No entry fee. Win fishing gear and/or money.

Family Fishing Sampler at Staunton State Park
Wednesday, June 28

It's summer time! Grab the family and head to the hills to learn about bait, spin, and fly-fishing for Colorado trout at Staunton State Park.

Crawfishin’ Expedition
Sunday, July 2

Join Park Interpreter Charlene, for this crawfishin’ expedition to hunt the wily crawdads of Eleven Mile Reservoir. Poles and bait will be provided, as well as a few tasty crawdad recipes! Bring a container for your catch.

Junior Rangers: Adventure Series, Fishing South Boulder Creek
Saturday, July 8

Join our staff for a fhishing adventure. Water shoes are suggested. Prerequisite: Each child MUST attend at least one resource based program to be eligible to register for EACH Adventure Series program.

Fly Fishing Basics
Tuesday, July 11

Join Naturalist Linda and learn the difference between fly fishing and spin casting and give it a try! Equipment Provided. This activities is fun for adults and children 10 and up.

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.