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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​.​.

 Fishing Calendar

Events

Ice Fishing 101
Sunday, February 12

Ever wanted to give ice fishing a try but didn't know where to start? Then this is the class for you. This clinic will be held at David Ponds in Staunton State Park. All the necessary equipment will be provided for you, but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. All participants 16 and older will need a valid Colorado fishing license. Advance registration is required.

Ice Fishing 101 - Leadville
Saturday, February 18

Are you interested in learning how to ice fish but don't know where to start? Are you new to ice fishing and looking for some tips to help you catch more fish? Then come join us at Hayden Meadows south of Leadville on February 18th! All the necessary equipment will be provided for you, but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. All participants 16 and older must have a valid Colorado fishing licnese. Hayden Meadows is located at County Road 10 and Highway 24 south of Leadville. Advance registration is required for this clinic.

Ice Fishing 101 - Pagosa Springs
Sunday, February 19

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering this ‘101’ ice fishing clinic for beginners who would like to learn about and experience the basics of ice fishing under the guidance of instructors. We’ll share safety advice, ‘how-to’s’ and other tips with plenty of time to fish. The clinic will be held at Echo Canyon Reservoir State Wildlife Area in Pagosa Springs. All the necessary equipment will be provided for you, but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. You'll want to dress in many layers of clothing to insulate and be able to adjust for changing temperatures (long underwear, shirts, jackets, hats, gloves, boots etc.). Also be sure to bring sunscreen and sunglasses. All participants 16 and older must have a valid Colorado fishing license. Advance registration is required.

Ice Fishing 101
Saturday, February 25

Ever wanted to give ice fishing a try but didn't know where to start? Then this is the class for you! This clinic will be held at David Ponds in Staunton State Park. All the necessary equipment will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. All participants 16 or older must have a valid Colorado fishing licnese. Advance registration is required.

Learn to Ice Fish at Staunton State Park
Friday, March 3

Learn to ice fish at Staunton State Park with CPW staff and volunteers. All equipment will be provided if you don't have your own. Clinic will be held at the Davis Ponds, no registration necessary, just drop by and give ice fishing a try anytime between 10am and 2pm. Park pass fees apply and fishing licenses are required for anyone 16 or older.

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

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