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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


Family Crappie Fishing & Cooking Clinic
Saturday, April 27

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.

Spring Fishing Clinic
Saturday, May 4

Join experts for a morning of fishing tips and instructional workshops. Free kid-sized fishing rods for the first 100 kids to sign up.

Walleye/Crappie Fishing and Cooking Clinic
Saturday, May 18

Learn how to target walleye and crappie at one of Colorado's top reservoirs. This class will be held at Jumbo Reservoir. This class will give you some basic techniques and for targeting warm water fish around the country.

"Take Me Fishing"
Saturday, May 25

Kids, learn a new sport or practice with poles, bait and volunteer help provided. Meet at the Pa-Cho-Chu-Puk ponds.

"Take Me Fishing!" event
Saturday, June 15

Want to learn to fish or practice what you know? Join us at the ponds for a morning of fishing fun. Poles are free and bait is provided. Volunteers will be on hand to assist!

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

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 Bait-Fishing Basics

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