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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


Ridgway State Park Lake Appreciation Day
Saturday, July 21

Meet at the Dallas Creek entrance. Family friendly educational activities and games, Gunnison Gorge Anglers, and other non-profits present.

Fly Fishing with Bill
Thursday, July 26

Join Bill Brueggeman at Pa-Cho-Chu-Puk bridge for some flyfishing fun and instruction. Gear is provided!

Fly Fishing with Bill
Thursday, August 9

Join Bill Brueggeman at Pa-Cho-Chu-Puk bridge for some flyfishing fun and instruction. Gear is provided!

Mentor Day
Saturday, August 11

Kids 18 & under will want to join us to learn more about outdoors skills such as archery, fishing, canoeing and more.

Fly-fishing Within an Hour of Denver
Wednesday, August 15

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is fortunate to have Kerry Caraghar of Blue Quill Anglers present where to fly-fish within an hours drive from Denver. Kerry's laid back style and expertise as a top fly-fishing guide is the perfect combination to get the relatively new fly-angler excited about where to get started fishing. There is no fee for this seminar. The program will be in the Hunter Education Classroom at 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216.

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.