Colorado Fishing Report for April 23, 2013

 Fishing Fun for the Family! 

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Barr Lake State Park Spring Fishing Clinic
Sports enthusiasts of all skill levels are invited to a fishing clinic at Barr Lake State Park on Saturday, May 4. Bring the kids for face painting, crafts,  a free boat safety t-shirt and a FREE fishing pole for the first 75 kids to sign up for the kids clinics at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. The full event runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May  4.  Call the Barr Lake nature center at 303-659-6005 for reservations. Also learn from the best anglers with seminars from Tightline Outdoors and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Exhibitors, sponsors, and partners for the Spring Fishing Clinic are:  Dick’s Sporting Goods, Eagle Claw, Johnson Auto Plaza, Friends of Barr Lake, Bass Pro Shops, Colorado Bowfishing Association, Brighton Ford, Dynamic Lures and Tightline Outdoors.

Boaters: New ballast tank rules for 2013! Remember those green seals!
Remember to get your green seals applied upon leaving your favorite reservoir.  Green seals and valid receipts together tell us where your boat has been, and make the entrance inspection easier and faster the next time you launch. New this year: Boats with ballast tanks will need to get a green seal and receipt when exiting a reservoir or the boat will have to be decontaminated when entering a new water body – so be sure to ask for that seal every time! No water, no mud, no plants, no mussels in between each and every use.

Navajo Reservoir Recreation meeting April 29
Managing recreation at Navajo Reservoir will be challenging this year because of the low water level. To explain the outlook for the summer, managers of Navajo State Park are inviting those interested in the park to attend an open house and potluck chili dinner at the park’s visitors’ center at 6 p.m., April 29.

Southeast Colorado fishing clinics coming up
Boys, girls, moms, dads or anyone interested in fishing is invited to attend any or all of Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s free fishing clinics in lower Arkansas River Valley this spring. The clinics include tips for all kinds of fishing including spin casting, bait fishing, types of flies and lures, water safety, fish identification, and strategies for catching more fish. Participants can bring their own pole but fishing poles and bait will be provided for the kids.

Fishing clinics will be held at the following dates and locations:

April 28 at Hudnall Pond in La Animas, 1 – 4 p.m.

May 4 at Turks Pond SWA in Baca County, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., includes lunch

May 4 at John Martin State Park, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Parks pass required.

May 19 at Jackson’s Pond in Eads, Noon – 4 p.m., includes lunch

May 26 at La Junta City Park Pond, 8 – 11 a.m.

Colorado 2013-2014 fishing licenses available
2013 licenses went into effect April 1 and are valid until March 31, 2014. Don’t forget to get your new license before you head out. Buying your license online is easy, just go to You can also find the 2013 Colorado Fishing Brochure on our website.

Join our new CPW Fishing community on Facebook
Colorado anglers can “like” the new CPW Fishing Facebook page to get tips, share stories and more. If you love fishing, this is the place to be. Before you head out fishing, head for

Stocking Report

 The following waters were recently stocked with catchable (approximately 10″) trout:

Metro Denver
None reported this week
Northeast Region
None reported this week
Northwest Region
Axial Basin Lake Moffat County, NE of Axial
Craig City Pond Moffat County, S of Craig on Hwy 394
Craig Justice Center Pond Moffat County, at Craig Justice Center
Harvey Gap Reservoir Garfield County, N of Silt
Kenney Reservoir Rio Blanco County, E of Rangely
Rangely Fishing Pond Rio Blanco County, E side of Rangely
Rifle Pond, South Garfield County, I-70 W of Rifle
Southeast Region
Manitou Reservoir Teller County, NW of Woodland Park
Southwest Region
Chipeta Lake Montrose County, S of Montrose
Confluence Lake Delta County, NW side of Delta
Stabilization Reservoir Costilla County, SW of San Juis

If you have fishing conditions to report, please send those before 5 p.m. Mondays to

Send your favorite fishing picture to The Prowers Journal at Include your name, the names of the people in the picture and the type of fish in the picture!

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