Our family fishing clinics see more than 20,000 Coloradoans each year. Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosts, sponsors or contributes to fishing clinics that provide opportunities for kids and their families to learn to fish and manage our aquatic resources.
Many community groups, civic organizations and local government agencies offer 'learn to fish' opportunities.
Find contact information for your local recreation centers, community centers and parks departments. Other possibilities include fishing groups, such as Trout Unlimited, Colorado BASS Federation, Colorado Walleye Association and Muskies, Inc., or local sporting goods stores--many hold learn-to-fish clinics and are great sources for fishing club information.
Southeast Colorado Kids Fishing Events.
May 26. Boys, girls, moms, dads or anyone interested in fishing is invited to attend any or all of Colorado Parks and Wildlife's free fishing clinics in lower Arkansas River Valley this spring. You can bring your own pole, or fishing poles and bait will be provided for the kids. Fishing clinics will be held at the following dates and locations:
May 26. 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. La Junta City Park Pond.
Food will be provided at some events, but it is suggested participants bring their own snacks, water, lawn chair, sunscreen and hat. Participants over the age of 16 must have a valid Colorado fishing license. For more information see the full press release, or to register, call 719-336-6608.
Colorado Springs Quail Lake Fishing Clinic. June 1. 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a kids fishing clinic. Free fishing rods and reels will be distributed to the first 500 children accompanied by an adult. Children under the age of 16 are not required to have a fishing license in Colorado, but the first weekend in June is "Free Fishing Weekend," and the requirement to purchase a fishing license is waived for adults as well. Quail Lake is located west of the World Arena off of E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. Free parking is available across the street at the ATMEL parking lot at 1150 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. Call 719-227-5200 for more information.
Lake Pueblo State Park Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby. June 2. Kids can get in on some fishing fun and even walk away with free fishing gear on Sunday, June 2, at Lake Pueblo State Park's annual kids fishing derby at Anticline Pond in the Rock Canyon Day-Use area. Registration begins at 7 a.m. followed by the fishing derby from 8 to 10 a.m. Free poles and bait will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. The derby is open to kids ages three to 12. Families are encouraged pack a picnic lunch and spend the whole day fishing after the derby is over. The derby is free but a valid park pass is required on every vehicle that enters the park. The first weekend in June is also the annual "Free Fishing Weekend" when you don't have to have license to go fishing in Colorado. All possession limits, fishing methods and bait rules apply, but a fishing license is not required Saturday and Sunday, June 1- 2.
Brighton Barr Lake State Park Cast and Clays Event. June 2. 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Barr Lake State Park. Grab your fishing pole and shotgun and head to the 2013 Cast and Clays Event. Sponsored by Colorado Clays and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, this unique event will test your skills as a true outdoorsman. A head to head competition of two person teams who gain total point scores by catching game fish at Barr Lake and breaking clay targets at Colorado Clays. Cost is $100 per team and includes awards, lunch and targets. Pre-registration by May 29th is required. For more details, see the event flyer , call 303-659-7117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peyton Homestead Ranch Regional Park Grand Re-Opening. June 8. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Homestead Ranch Regional Park is located just north of Peyton in eastern El Paso County. Colorado Parks and Wildlife and El Paso County Parks are co-sponsoring a day in the beautiful outdoors to introduce the public to the fishing improvements at Homestead. There will be free fishing poles for the first 150 kids. The pond is stocked with small bass and bluegills, which are perfect for teaching kids to fish. Activities include educational stations for casting, fishing ethics, fish anatomy, knot tying, archery, and a .22caliber shooting station. There is no cost, so come discover this awesome El Paso County Park. Trails and Open Spaces will do "Share the Trail" education and Matt Morgan of the Colorado Geological Survey will lead a hike to the rim and talk about rocks and the unique formations at the park. Homestead Ranch Regional Park is located at 16444 Gollihar Road. Take U.S. Highway 24 to Elbert Road north, go east on Sweet Road to Gollihar north. Call 719-520-7880 for more information.
Aurora Night Fishing. June 22. Park close to park open. Aurora Reservoir. Fish the Aurora Reservoir at night by the full moon. $30.00/person. Dinner is included. Registration required. For more information see the website or call 303-690-1286 x6.
Northern Colorado Youth Fly Fishing Day Camp. July 29 - August 3, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Northern Colorado area. This event is for youth ages 14-18 and no previous fly fishing experience is required. Join the Rocky Mountain Flycasters for six fast-paced days of fly fishing, instruction, and fun. Learn the fly fishing basics alongside best responsibility practices for watersheds, riparian habitat, river ecology, and trout. Additional topics include: fly fishing equipment, knots, regulations, water safety, local and regional conservation issues, invasive species, and more! Only 15 slots are available, so contact the RMF today to reserve yours. Equipment and transportation between activity venues provided, but campers should bring bag lunches, rain gear and appropriate clothing. To register or for more information, visit the Rocky Mountain Flycasters' website, call 970-689-1753, or see the event flyer .
Aurora Fall Fishing Classic. September 28. 5:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Aurora Reservoir. All species contest: Largest fish of any species receives $3,000 grand prize. Largest of each species (not included grand prize fish) receives $300 prize. Register by September 27, 2013. $40/person. Lunch and raffle are included with registration. Registration required. For more information see the website or call 303-690-1286 x6.
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