STEAMBOAT I Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host the fourth annual Steamboat Great Outdoors Ice Fishing Tournament on Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stagecoach State Park.
Since its inception, the fishing tournament has continued to attract hundreds of competitors vying for big trout, cash prizes and looking for a great time outdoors.
“I can’t think of a better way to enjoy winter than with some fishing and some good, old-fashioned competition,” said Park Manager Craig Preston. “People have a great time and they catch some really big fish. Plus, it’s for a great cause, and you can’t beat that.”
Preston said a portion of the proceeds will help fund the Oak Creek Fire Corps, a program that enables community members to offer their time and talents to their local fire and EMS department in a non-emergency capacity.
The tournament is limited to the first 200 adults and 50 youth anglers that sign-up. Youth can participate for free and can win non-cash prizes. Adults can register at the park the morning of the event for $30, cash only. Only trout species will apply.
First through fifth place will receive a prize, based on the total length of two fish. For the complete tournament rules and registration forms please visit www.steamboatgreatoutdoors.com or call 970-819-4525 for more information. All current state fishing regulations apply.
For details, pick up a current Colorado Fishing Brochure at a nearby CPW office or online at www.cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/ Pages/RegulationsBrochures.aspx A daily $7 or $70 annual park pass is required and can be purchased at the park.
OHV’s and snowmobiles are permitted on the reservoir below the high-water mark only for the purpose of commuting to ice fishing destinations. Early season ice conditions will exist so caution when ice fishing is strongly recommended. Participants are encouraged to carpool to ensure everyone has a place to park. Pets are welcome but must be kept on a six-foot leash at all times.