Free fishing clinic set at Steamboat Lake

RBC | Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites kids and their families to enjoy a fun-filled day at Steamboat Lake State Park’s first-ever free Kid’s Fishing Clinic on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Bridge Island boat trailer parking lot.
Registration for the event will begin at 9 a.m. at the park. Young anglers between the ages of 6-12 will have an opportunity to learn the basics of fishing from Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers, including fish identification, casting, cleaning their catch and rules and regulations.
“We will focus on having a great time while learning valuable skills,” said District Wildlife Manager Libbie Miller of Steamboat Springs. “Fishing is a great way for kids to enjoy the outdoors and we look forward to seeing them come out for a fun-filled day.”
Miller stresses that fishing teaches kids important lessons about Colorado’s natural resources. She reminds parents, siblings, grandparents, or anyone who has time to take a kid fishing that it is an enjoyable and memorable experience.
“Kids will remember fishing trips forever,” added Miller. “Once they learn the basics, it could lead to a lifelong love of the outdoors.”
After the clinic, participants are invited to spend the afternoon at the park and attend a lesson on how to do a Gyotaku, a Japanese fish printing arts and crafts project, beginning at 3 p.m.. Later that evening, everyone can enjoy a fireworks display at the park.
The Kid’s Fishing Clinic is free; however, each vehicle that enters the park must display a Colorado State Parks annual pass or $7 daily pass.
Parents and guardians must stay with their children during the clinic and are reminded to dress for the weather and bring all necessary supplies, including water, snacks, sunscreen and insect repellent.