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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Equipment guideHow To Get Started Fishing​

Go fishing by yourself, with friends, or with the whole family. 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. Relaxing times by a gurgling brook or whispering stream or placid lake can also create wonderful and lasting bonds with children. Best of all, taking kids fishing need not be expensive, nor require a lot of time or 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​.​


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 Fishing Calendar


Fly-fishing Within an Hour of Denver
Wednesday, August 15

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is fortunate to have Kerry Caraghar of Blue Quill Anglers present where to fly-fish within an hours drive from Denver. Kerry's laid back style and expertise as a top fly-fishing guide is the perfect combination to get the relatively new fly-angler excited about where to get started fishing. There is no fee for this seminar. The program will be in the Hunter Education Classroom at 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216.

"Take Me Fishing!" event
Saturday, August 18

Free fishing poles and bait provided for kids! Meet at the Pa-Cho-Chu-Puk ponds. Volunteers on hand to assist. $7.00 entrance fee required.

"Take Me Fishing!" event
Saturday, August 18

Join CPW volunteers for free fishing for kids at the Pa-Cho-Chu-Puk ponds. Free poles to give away and bait provided!

Moose Festival
Saturday, August 18

The annual moose festival, come on out for moose talks, a scavenger hunt, a fly fishing class, games, guided hikes, moose biology, brats and burgers, great scenery, fresh air, and you might catch a glimpse of a moose!

Program: Fly Fishing for Beginners
Tuesday, August 21

Join Naturalist Linda to learn the art of acting like an insect! Fly fishing involves lures that look just like aquatic insects and the skill to make your lure act like one. For ages 8 & up.

Visit the CPW Calendar for a complete list of fishing events.

 How to Release a Trout Safely

 Bait-Fishing Basics

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