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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​"Quick Tip" — Bait Fishing Basics

Flowchart: Process: Fishing Tip of the Week  With the large amount of moisture that a majority of the state is receiving, it is important to try areas of a lake that have an inlet. By fishing an inlet or any area that has new water flowing, many fish will congregate in these areas looking for food that the current has brought to them. In these kind of situations, try using a slip bobber rig to keep the bait in the current but not along the bottom. Many of the fish will suspend in these spots and this is a good way to keep your bait in front of the fish.   

Join CPW's free fishing weekend June 6 to 7Flowchart: Process: Fishing Tip of the Week  When the water gets murky from raining conditions it helps the fish locate your bait better if it has a bigger profile. This at times means using larger baits in order to gain the attention of feeding fish. Another thing to try is instead of using bright colored bait in murky water try using dark colors such as leech patterns or black and blue colors. The darker colors can contrast better in darker water and looks more natural in the water column.

​Join Colorado Parks and Wildlife for Colorado's Free Fishing Weekend June 6 to 7, when anglers of all ages can fish without a license anywhere in the state. CPW encourages anglers to get out and take advantage of the opportunity to experience fishing Colorado's more than 2,500 lakes and reservoirs, many within beautiful State Parks, and 10,000 miles of fishable streams and rivers including 300 miles of Gold Medal streams and approximately 3,200 acres of Gold Medal lakes. "Family and the community play an important role when it comes to outdoor experiences," said CPW Director Bob Broscheid. "Fishing is one of the many ways the whole family can enjoy the outdoors together."​

Arkansas Headwaters gears up for tremendous whitewater boating season

Rafters, rejoice! Despite recent reports of low snow totals and water concerns across the western United States, whitewater boaters will find stellar conditions on the Arkansas River this spring and summer. As of May 1, snowpack totals in the Upper Arkansas River Basin were at 103 percent of average, bucking the statewide snowpack trend, which was at only 61 percent. This year is shaping up to be one of the best ever for whitewater boating on the Arkansas River within the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA). "It's really been a great year for us," said Rob White, AHRA Park Manager. "Early spring was rather dry with low water conditions which was perfect for the fishery, and the cooler weather with all the rain and snow as of late will provide unbelievably good whitewater boating conditions all summer long."

Ladies, sign up for a women-only Cast and Blast in Collbran

Women interested in learning the basics of shotgun shooting and fly fishing are invited to attend Colorado Parks and Wildlife's 'Cast and Blast' clinic in Collbran, Saturday, June 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The two-part class is designed for novices interested in learning about these popular outdoor activities and is open to women from across the state, however space is limited. "Many ladies want to hunt or fish, but they don't have a mentor," said Kathleen Tadvick, education coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "This class is perfect for them because it teaches the fundamentals of fly fishing and the safe use of shotguns in a comfortable environment."​

Fishing ​​Atlas

Fishing AtlasThe Fishing Atlas provides a host of information, including driving directions, stocking details, and locations of the nearest license retailer. To view the Colorado Fishing Atlas, click here, and the atlas will open in a separate window. Once the atlas is open, you can zoom in or out, or click on the location to display detailed information. Feel free to play around with the options on the far left of the atlas for other types of information and displays. Any questions or feedback are greatly appreciated. Contact us at Thanks, from the fishing report crew.​​