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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.

Free Fishing Clinic
Saturday, June 4

Celebrate Free Fishing Weekend with a clinic! We'll teach you the basics of fishing and provide poles and bait. Please note this weekend ONLY you do not need a fishing license, but all other regulations apply.

Elkhead Fishing Tournament
Saturday, June 11

Anglers are invited to Elkhead Reservoir, June 11-19 and test their angling skills by catching and keeping as many northern pike and smallmouth bass as they can catch and keep. Win a 16' Alumacraft boat, Karavan trailer and Nissan Outboard motor, Minn Kota 50 PowerDrive trolling motor, Fish Cat 4 Deluxe Float Tube. No entry fees! A valid Colorado fishing license required.

Ladies Cast & Blast
Saturday, June 11

Ladies - come out for a fun day and learn to fly fish, shoot shot guns & bows!

Fly Fishing 101 at Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Saturday, June 11

Join volunteer naturalist Ken to learn the in's and outs of fly fishing, including how to tie flies, different stages of the fly's life cycle, and the art of casting with a fly fishing rod.

Colorado Bowfishing Tournament
Saturday, June 18

Barr Lake- Contest for the biggest five fish. Species: carp, shad, suckers. Registration required. NIGHT TOURNAMENT

Crawfishin’ Expedition
Sunday, July 3

Kids - 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!

Colorado Bowfishing Tournament
Saturday, July 9

Eleven Mile Reservoir- Contest for the biggest five fish. Species: carp, shad, suckers. Registration required.

Fly Fishing 101 at Golden Gate Canyon
Saturday, July 16

Join volunteer naturalist Ken to learn the in's and outs of fly fishing, including how to tie flies, different stages of the fly's life cycle, and the art of casting with a fly fishing rod.

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.

6th Annual Dutch Oven & Chili Cook-off
Saturday, September 17

The purpose for this Dutch oven and Chili cook-off is to have fun, to enjoy good food, to share our enthusiasm for chili and Dutch oven cooking, to get outdoors, and the use of state’s natural resources. Cooks interested in participating, fill out a registration form.

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Colorado Fishing Atlas ​

Whether you’re a seasoned angler or you’ve never picked up a rod before, finding a place t​o fish in Colorado has never been easier!

The Colorado Fishing Atlas, the latest interactive mapping tool offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, allows users to search for fishing opportunities by species, specific interest or proximity to your home or destination. Use the simple map interface to locate and view recommended opportunities for the family, remote fly fishing or ice fishing.

Additional information such as handicap accessible fishing access, stocked waters, boat ramps, special fishing regulations, stream gages (including links to real time data), license agents and Gold Medal waters is included on top of Bing ™ street maps, USGS topographic maps or high resolution color aerial photography.

The Fishing Resource Report provides a printable report of all nearby Fishing Information Points and associated species, CPW, BLM and USFS Offices, emergency facilities, campgrounds and license agents within a chosen distance of a map click location.

Spend a few minutes viewing a series of short video tutorials to learn about all the great new features or jump right in and start scouting from the comfort of your home today using the Colorado Fishing Atlas.

Maps of Statewide Fishing Waters

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Fish map QR codeLooking for a new place to fish? Browse and download our Statewide Fishing Waters maps​ that help anglers navigate the special regulations on some of Colorado's po​​pular river, streams and lakes. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife maps depict special fishing rules for the areas.

​Scan the QR code to store the maps on your smartphone. 

101 (+) Places to Take a Kid Fishing

Go Fishing - Tips to Get Kids Started Video

 

101 Places to Take a Kid Fishing mapWith our interactive map, you'll be sure to find the perfect spot for a memorable family fishing adventure. These fishing spots have been selected for their features and amenities, making them great spots to take a kid fishing. See 101 (+) Places to Take A Kid Fishing.

Annual fishing licenses are now available. Licenses can be purchased at any license agent, CPW office​, online or by phone at 1-800-244-5613.​​

Hot Spots

​Fishing in Colorado means opportunity & a chance to catch some 35 species of both warm- and cold-water fish. You can fish for the famed rainbow trout in a cool Rocky Mountain stream or troll for walleye on a sunny plains reservoir. And Colorado offers everything in between, too. There are 6,000 miles of streams and more than 2,000 lakes and reservoirs to choose from.

Colorado's 315 miles of Gold Medal streams provide outstanding angling opportunities for large trout. These waters are managed to ensure populations of big fish.

Fishing Colorado's Hot Spots highlights just some of the variety Colorado has to offer anglers.

Fly Fishing Colorado, DVD

Fly Fishing Colorado DVD cover Purchase "Fly Fishing Colorado" for a feature-length video journal of major fly-fishing events and top destinations for all species. Fly fishers of all skill levels will benefit from this comprehensive look at year-round fly fishing opportunities in Colorado. Each monthly entry is filled with action at recommended destinations, fly-fishing techniques, major insect hatches, and proven fly patterns. An innovative chapter menu allows the user to navigate quickly through the pages of a fly-fisher's journal for an entire year. The Fly Fishing Colorado DVD is available in our online store!​​​​​