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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​.​

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 Fishing Calendar


Monday, February 26

The Fish Health Board considers fish health and aquaculture regulatory changes and provides recommendations to CPW.

The Eagle Claw-Shappell Colorado Classic Pro-AM Marina March Madness Ice Fishing Tournament
Saturday, March 3

Marina March Madness (All Species) Presented by Eagle Claw-Shappell, this tournament is the third leg or event of the 2018 Colorado Classic Pro-AM Ice Fishing Tournament series, hosted by Eleven Mile Sports. Contest will take place at the North Boat Ramp of Eleven Mile State Park. The field consists of up to 150 two-man teams. There will be three, two-hour fishing sets spaced throughout the day. Teams must fish in the North Shore area and any sport fish species may be included. Each team also gets two free throw basketball shots at weigh-in each hour and the team with the most total shots made is the Free Throw Champ earning points to the overall Colorado Classic event. Cash prizes awarded for the first fish weighed during each set, as well as for first, second, and third place by weight for any sport fish during each set. Contestants may also elect to enter into the Big Fish Pot which is randomly awarded from the three sets largest fish by weight. There are both Professional and Amateur fisherperson divisions. Points are earned towards the Eagle Claw-Shappell Colorado Classic Pro-AM tournament finale that is determined at the end of this event.

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.