Free Fishing Weekend
Saturday, June 04: All day event
Statewide Free Fishing Weekend June 4 & 5, 2016. A fishing license is not required this weekend.
Colorado residents and state visitors will have the opportunity to fish without a license on June 4 & 5 as part of the annual “Colorado’s Free Fishing Days.”
The free fishing days are set aside each year for the first full weekend in June as part of ongoing efforts by Colorado Parks & Wildlife to introduce people to the sport of fishing.
During the free fishing days, anglers may fish without licenses. However, normal bag limits, possession limits and regulations will remain in effect. For more information on state fishing regulations, participants should consult the Colorado Fishing Brochure.
The CPW’s weekly Colorado fishing report has a list of where interested parties can take advantage of the free fishing days. The report contains angling information on bodies of water across the state, a list of recently stocked waters, weekly hotspots, and techniques that have proven successful for the state’s most productive lakes, reservoirs, streams and ponds.
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Aurora Reservoir – The reservoir is open to boating and the water temperature is 64 degrees. The water level is low! The boat ramp is almost completely out of the water. Boaters with large boats should expect difficulty with loading and launching. The fall fishing can sometimes be some of the best fishing of the year for trout, walleye, perch and smallmouth and appears to be starting to pick up! Shore anglers, don’t overlook the opportunity to take advantage of great shoreline access due to low water level. Trout fishing from shore is rated as slow to fair with some occasional good limits caught. Most reports are of trout caught using powerbait from a slip rig and crawlers from the dam. Boaters report success ranging from slow to fair to good on trout while trolling with rapalas, spoons and pop gear with crawlers. Walleye fishing reports are anywhere from fair to good. Most walleye are caught from boats trolling with bottom bouncers with crawlers, jigs and drop shots. There is good fishing for yellow perch when using jigs and worms in the coves from boats in 8-15′ of water. There have been a few smallmouth caught from shore using swim baits. The reservoir is restricted to electric motors only and all watercraft must be inspected prior to launch. For more information call 303-326-8425. The Park hours in October are 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Quincy Reservoir – The reservoir is open to boating. The water temperature is 67 degrees and the water level is good. Fishing for bass overall is rated as slow to fair. There are still anglers occasionally having really great days on the water. Most reports are of bass being caught using soft plastics, jerk baits and crank baits. Some reports of smallmouth being caught from the dam using jigs. Perch fishing is fair to good using jigs. Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures only. Only watercraft capable of being launched by hand permitted and electric motors only. All watercraft must be inspected prior to launch. For more information call 303-326-8424. The park hours in October are 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Quincy close for the season Nov. 1.
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