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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


Father's Day Fishing Clinic
Sunday, June 20

Come celebrate Fathers Day at Chatfield State Park! We will be offering a Fishing Clinic for both Dads and Moms who want their little guys to practice fishing. We will supply all equipment needed! Please RSVP here:

Fly Fishing
Tuesday, June 22

Learn the basics of fly-fishing with Naturalist Linda. 8 yrs and up. Equipment provided.

Outdoor Skills Day
Saturday, June 26

This annual event is back! Fishing, shooting, archery, CaveSim, and much more for the whole family. Check our website for pre-registration instructions. Activities will be limited.

Fishing at Davis Ponds!
Tuesday, June 29

Enjoy a day of fishing! Instructors will provide equipment and instruction on bait and spin cast fishing in a Colorado high country lake. Those 16yrs and older must have a valid Colorado fishing license. The ponds are a mile hike in from the Visitor Center.

Fly Fishing
Wednesday, June 30

Learn the basics of fly-fishing with Naturalist Linda. 8 yrs and up. Equipment provided.

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.