Fishing is Fun (FIF) Awards Grants to 11 Angling Projects
In August 2019, Colorado Parks and Wildlife awarded grant funds of $755,000 to 11 projects that aim to improve angling opportunities around Colorado. This year’s approved projects were geared toward improved access and habitat, restoration and bank stabilization, as well as restrooms and shade shelters.
Many exciting fishing opportunities will become a reality thanks to this year's grants. A new ramp at the Shady Island Boat Launch located just North of Gunnison will provide anglers with safer access to the river. Another exciting grant is the second phase of a project at Swan River which will build on the previous year's progress to restore the habitat in the valley, decimated by dredge mining more than a century ago.
The Fishing Is Fun program provides matching grants annually to local and county governments, park and recreation departments, water districts, angling organizations and others for projects to improve angling opportunities in Colorado.
Among the types of projects supported through Fishing Is Fun are stream and river habitat improvements, access improvements, perpetual easements for public access, pond and lake habitat improvements, fish retention structures, development of new fishing ponds, and amenity improvements such as shade shelters, benches and restrooms.
- Late November - Program announcements are typically made
- Early March - Proposals due at Parks and Wildlife area offices. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their local District Wildlife Manager or Aquatic Biologist for their input into the proposal prior to submittal.
- Early May - A review panel meets for project presentations and to develop funding recommendations.
- Mid-June - A final list of projects and funding is approved by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director.
Over 30 years, the Fishing Is Fun program has supported 375 angling improvement projects across the state, from the smallest towns on the Eastern Plains and the West Slope to the major metropolitan areas along the Front Range. In just the last few years, grants have been awarded for projects in or near Steamboat Springs, Lake City, Hudson, Idaho Springs, Pueblo and nearly two dozen other locations. Project sponsors have included open-space programs, water trusts, angling organizations, local and county governments and park and recreation departments.