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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Equipment guideHow To Get Started Fishing​

Take your kids fishing, 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, but it also can create a wonderful and lasting bond with your children. Relaxing times by a gurgling brook or whispering stream or placid lake. Best of all, taking the kids fishing need not be expensive or require a lot of time, or mean 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


Family Crappie Fishing & Cooking Clinic
Saturday, April 21

Have you wanted to learn techniques for catching crappie. We have a unique opportunity to fish a lake that is not normally open to the public for crappie. In addition to catching fish we will be showing how to fillet your catch, and be cooking and eating some fish that day. This is a great opportunity to not only learn about warm water fishing techniques but how to bring home dinner.

Outdoor Heritage Day - Palisade Riverbend Park
Saturday, April 28

This annual FREE event is for families to learn all about the exciting outdoor activities Colorado has to offer! If you have been to Outdoor Heritage Day in the past, or this will be your first time, please join us! Free lunch is provided from 11:00 - 2:00 p.m. Try fishing, archery, tree climbing, and many more activities!

European Nymphing Clinic
Thursday, May 3

Have you ever wanted to learn how to nymph fish like a professional? This class is your chance to learn a very effective technique for targeting trout in Colorado and around the world. Professionals from The Blue Quill Angler will be on hand to teach you all the tips and tricks.

Spring Fishing Clinic
Saturday, May 5

100 FREE poles for the first kids to sign up for a day filled with fishing tips and giveaways!

Kid's Fishing Clinic
Sunday, May 6

Kids under 16 years old will learn the techniques of "Cathching the Big One" The first 50 kids who sign up will receive a free fishing pole. Lunch will be provided. This activity ​courtesy of Great Outdoors Colorado

For a complete list of fishing events, visit the CPW Calendar.

 How to Release a Trout Safely

 Bait-Fishing Basics

For more fishing tips, visit the How To videos page.