For those who’ve recently dreamed about hanging a “Gone Fishing” sign on the window and heading to the great outdoors, this weekend is the perfect time to do it. Colorado’s annual Free …
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For those who’ve recently dreamed about hanging a “Gone Fishing” sign on the window and heading to the great outdoors, this weekend is the perfect time to do it.
Colorado’s annual Free Fishing Weekend takes place June 5 and 6. So, if you haven’t gotten around to getting that fishing license yet, or are a beginning angler just learning the ropes, opportunity awaits.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) invites both residents and nonresidents of all ages to participate.
Among Lakewood’s participating locations are Bear Creek Reservoir, home to naturally reproducing brown trout and stocked with rainbow trout annually by CPW. You could also land a saugeye, perch, smallmouth bass or bluegill.
Lakewood Park Ranger Luke Wilson recommends trying small worms and PowerBait to lure in those prize-winning trout from the reservoir at Bear Creek Lake Park.
Other locations include Main and Smith reservoirs, Kendrick Lake, Cottonwood Park Lake and Bear Creek (between
Bear Creek Reservoir and Evergreen Lake — this location allows artificial fly and lure only).
If you’re fishing in Lakewood, you can also show off your catch by following LakewoodParks on Instagram and including the hashtag #FishLakewood for a chance to be featured on their page.
In Arvada, try your luck at Birdland Lake in Jack B. Tomlinson Park, while Wheat Ridge anglers can cast a line at Crown Hill Lake.
In South Jeffco, you can see what’s biting at Hine Lake, South Platte Park or Chatfield Reservoir just to name a few.
Follow the rules
Although a license of Habitat Stamp is not required on Free Fishing Weekend, all other rules and regulations still apply. Consult the Colorado Fishing Brochure at https://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/RulesRegs/Brochure/fishing.pdf for specific regulations and restrictions.
And remember to recycle or take your fishing line with you when you’re ready to leave that lake or stream.
Lakewood fishing locations offer fishing line recycling containers. Failure to properly dispose of fishing line could result in a fine of up to $2,650 and/or up to 365 days in jail under the Lakewood Municipal Code.
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