The folks at Crawford State Park hosted their annual ice fishing clinic on Jan. 27 and they couldn't have ordered better weather. With clear skies, no wind, and temperatures in the mid-40s fishermen young and old enjoyed a sunny day on the ice.
Eighteen teachers participated in a winter adaptation and interaction workshop offered by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Understanding for Teachers (CPW OUT) program on Saturday, Jan. 27. Hands-on winter animal adaptation activities were offered at The Nature Connection hub in Hotchkiss and at Crawford Lake State Park.
Freezing temperatures arrived a little late this year, but the ice is forming over Crawford Reservoir, marking the beginning of ice-fishing season. While people are already venturing out onto the ice, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are warning the public to use caution.
This year's Ice Fishing Contest hosted by the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce brought a record 74 entrants to the wintry expanse of a frozen Island Lake on Grand Mesa last Saturday.
In the adult category the winners as provided courtesy of the chamber were:
Ice fishing is growing in popularity and Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to make it easy for people to try this great outdoor activity. Starting Jan. 1 at Crawford State Park you can check out, at no charge, ice fishing kits and give the sport a try.
The Grand Mesa Island Lake fishing contest keeps growing.
This year there were 86 entrants in the event, up from 73 last year and about 50 in 2014.
Recent sub-freezing temperatures have left layers of ice over area lakes and reservoirs, including Crawford Reservoir, where ice fishing is in full swing. Ice anglers are reporting catching all of the species known to be in the reservoir, including yellow perch, black crappie, rainbow trout, channel catfish, pike, large-mouth bass and carp, according to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson.
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