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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


Fly Fishing
Thursday, August 29

Learn the art and skill of fly-fishing with Naturalist Craig! Gear provided. 8 and up.

Sunday, September 1

Join us at the amphitheater to learn how to catch a crawfish. We will learn about these cool crustaceans on how they live and what they eat. After a brief talk we will get busy and go crawfishing! Poles and bait provided! (Park pass required)

No Child Left Inside
Saturday, September 14

Join us for a series of fun, festivities, and prizes as we encourage children and their families to #LiveLifeOutside. We have a comprehensive list of things to do when you're a kid and we want to help you do it! More details as our schedule develops!

9th Annual Dutch oven & Chili Cook-off @ Jackson Lake State Park
Saturday, September 21

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.

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.