Fishing in Boulder County

Posted by Greg Smith on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 at 2:00pm.

Just like hiking, biking and camping; fishing in Boulder County is a very popular activity you can participate in all year round.  The natural landscapes of this large county encompass mountainous and flat lands that feature babbling brooks, roaring steams, lakes, ponds and many manmade reservoirs.  Outdoor enthusiasts and fisherman have ample opportunities to catch Bluegill, Black Crappie, Walleye, Trout, Rainbow Trout, Channel Catfish, Yellow Perch as well as Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass.  You can obtain your fishing license through the Colorado Division of Wildlife or through one of the sports retailers in Boulder.  License fees are as follows for residents of Boulder County: one day $9.00, five days $21.00, annual passes $26.00, senior annual $1.00, additional days $5.00 each, extra rod stamp $5.00, and fishing/small game combo annual passes are $41.00.  These licenses are required for all anglers over the age of fifteen.  Kids under fifteen years old may fish without a license but are limited to half the bag limit.  Also in areas where fishing is permitted there is no swimming, sailboards, or sailboats allowed.  Furthermore, all bass under 15” have to be returned to the water.

Although you are not required to practice catch and release at every fishing facility, Boulder County asks all anglers to fish responsibly which means following individual lake rules and guidelines.  When you are required to release a fish it is best to make sure you do not over exhaust the fish beforehand.  This means reeling the fish in fast and returning it back to the water promptly. It is also best to use artificial lures when catch and release fishing; this will lessen the likelihood that the fish will swallow the hook.  If the fish does swallow it, do not pull it out, simply cut the hook instead.  Also, it is best not to put your fingers in the gills of the fish or squeeze it as you try to remove the hook.

There are several fishing derbies coming up in Boulder County this summer.  The Catfish Night at the Fairgrounds Lake is open to the whole family and is well loved by participants. Each year Boulder County and Broomfield County seniors ages 64 and over are welcome to participate in Boulder County’s annual fishing derby. This event includes an award ceremony and a good old fashion picnic fish fry! There is also a senior and junior fishing derby held each summer that encourages seniors and juniors to fish together. For details regarding these events please visit www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org. Fishing is just another one of Colorado’s hidden treasures.

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Greg Smith

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