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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


Outdoor Adventure Weekend @ Mount Ouray State Wildlife Area
Friday, July 29

Join CPW for the weekend to learn about firearms safety, hunting, fishing and more! Families will camp on the Mount Ouray State Wildlife Area for the weekend. The event is designed for adults & children over the age of 10. Everyone will have the opportunity at the end of the weekend to test for & obtain their Colorado Hunter Education card.

Free Fishing Clinic
Sunday, July 31

Join us at the boat dock anytime between 10am and 12pm 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.

Moose Festival
Saturday, August 13

Come celebrate Colorado Moose! Featuring moose talks, scavenger hunt, fly fishing class, games, guided hikes, moose biology, brats and burgers, live music, great scenery, and lots of fresh air!

Fly Fishing Basics
Tuesday, August 30

Learn the difference between fly fishing and spin casting, and give it a try!

Crawfishin’ Expedition
Sunday, September 4

Kids - Join our 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.

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.