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Fish for free June 2 & 3; kids get free gear June 2 at Quail Lake
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If you'd like to try fishing, or want to get a friend hooked, take advantage of Colorado's annual Free Fishing Weekend, June 2 and 3.
Each year, the first full weekend in June is set aside to promote sport fishing. During that weekend, no fishing license is required in the state.
Learn more about fishing in Colorado at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Fishing pages.
Here are some free local events:
** A free fishing clinic for kids is scheduled June 2 at Quail Lake in Colorado Springs.
Parks and Wildlife staff will give away 500 fishing poles plus bait and tackle to kids who stop by with an adult between 8 a.m. and noon.
"This is a super, family-friendly event," said Steve Lucero, Education Coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in southeast Colorado. "The location is perfect and families can take a short time to learn a sport that can provide a lifetime of enjoyment."
Parks and Wildlife staff members will teach kids and families the basics of fishing including casting, knots, identifying fish and fishing ethics.
You do not have to have a fishing license in Colorado if you are 15 or younger, and the Quail Lake fishing day is in the middle of "Free Fishing Weekend," so no one will need a license for the event.
Quail Lake Park is west of the World Arena off East Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard. Additional parking will be available at the ATMEL lot at 1150 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.
** Angler's Covey in Colorado Springs has a free learn to fly-fish day June 2. You can learn about knots, rigging and bugs and take a free casting lesson. A beginner's gear set is on sale for $59.99 and the store will give away a Sage One fly rod.
** Lake Pueblo State Park is holding its free annual kids fishing derby on June 3. It's open to kids ages 3 to 12, and the first 100 kids get a free fishing pole and bait.
Registration starts at 7 a.m. and the contest will run from 8 to 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded.
You must have an annual parks pass or buy a day pass ($7/vehicle) to enter the park.