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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


Steamboat Lake State Park Ice Fishing Clinic
Sunday, February 24

Steamboat Lake State Park will be hosting a FREE Ice Fishing Clinic open to all ages and skill levels. Participants will learn the basics of Ice Fishing for safe and fun winter angling. All fishing equipment will be provided! Dress for cold outdoor weather conditions and bring a chair! Space is limited so please register by calling the park.

Summer Reservoir Prep (Safe Boating)
Saturday, March 16

We are in need of up to 10 hard-working, fun-loving volunteers to help prepare breakwaters, buoys, lines, and docks on both Eleven Mile and Spinney Mountain reservoirs. Not only do you get the satisfaction of feeling good about helping to make your favorite reservoirs safe for the 2019 boating season, but you get to play with cool tools, learn some cool things, and hang out with your favorite park rangers who will be VERY grateful for your help!

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.