Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVRPD), the provider of numerous recreational opportunities in Estes Valley, is excited to announce that the 33rd Annual Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Lake Estes.
This annual event, held in conjunction with Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s (CPW) free fishing days, is held each year to benefit EVRPD youth programs.
“It has been so much fun over the years to see this event continue to be a popular start to the summer fishing season,” said Annie Hanson, Lake Estes Marina Manager. “We have seen multiple generations enjoy this family friendly event year after year.”
The fishing derby registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Lake Estes Marina store, and fishing will begin at the sound of the bullhorn at 8 a.m. For the next four hours, fishing can be conducted by boat or on the shores of Lake Estes. The bullhorn will sound again at noon, signifying the time for measurements to be recorded and winners announced.
Winners are selected in eight categories-ages 0-9 female, 0-9 male, 10-15 female, 10-15 male, 16-59 female, 16-59 male, 60+ female and 60+ male—for the largest fish. Each winner receives a prize, which are donations from local Estes Park merchants.
June 1 and 2 are free fishing days, as designated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Each year on the first weekend of June, CPW waives the fee for fishing licenses throughout the state to encourage more people to discover and enjoy one of the most popular of all outdoor activities. EVRPD is excited to participate in this fun weekend.
According to a survey by Southwick Associates, fishing is not only a popular recreation activity in Colorado, it is a major economic driver for the state, contributing more than $1.9 billion each year to the state’s economy.
Although the license is not required that weekend, all other rules and regulations apply. Information will be available at the fishing derby registration.
To register for the derby or for additional information, visit evrpd.com/annual-fishing-derby or call 970-586-2011. A registration form is available online and can be submitted in person or mailed to the Lake Estes Marina store. The pre-registration fee is $3 per person. Registration on the day of the derby is $4 per person.