When anyone thinks of fishing and mountains, which usually means trout fishing, they think of Colorado. And in many cases the first thing a person thinks of is “flea flicking” (or fly fishing to the uninitiated), but traditional spin fishing is very popular as well. With thousands of rivers, streams, and lakes to spend time angling in, Colorado is a virtual fisherman’s paradise. Trout might be the fish that immediately comes to mind, but Colorado offers great fishing for many other species as well.
A very popular technique in the state of Colorado, as well as many parts of the country, is the use of live worms as bait. Everyone knows that fish of all kind love live worms and the best way to present a live worm as bait is through the use of a set of gang hooks. What’s a set of gang hooks? A set of gang hooks is simply two small hooks tied in tandem, and it is the most natural way to present a live worm to fish. And, gang hooks are completely legal in the state of Colorado, as a way to present live bait.
There’s nothing quite like the moment when anticipation turns into exhilaration as a sharp tug or “tap-tap” on the end of your line. In Colorado there are 8,000 miles of rivers and streams, and more than 2,000 lakes that are brimming with hungry fish for the angler to attempt to catch. Whether you’re a “flea flicker” or traditional angler, Colorado can accommodate you and all of you fishing needs.
When fishing in Colorado, obviously you need a fishing license. Don’t worry though, they’re quite affordable. For a resident a full year will only run you about $25 and for a non-resident they run about $60. If you’re just planning a vacation type trip, there are 1 day and 5 day licenses available as well. This way you don’t have to waste $60 bucks if you only plan on fishing in Colorado for a day or two. A license can be obtained either over the counter at many locations or on the internet.
Colorado’s excellent fishing opportunities are made even better by the efforts of the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s 19 hatcheries. The Division of Wildlife stocks 3.5 million fish every year. An additional 58 million warm-water species and 13 million cold-water species are stocked. With all of these fish being stocked in Colorado’s waterways, your chances of catching fish is greatly increased. Catch and release angling is encouraged in the state of Colorado, just as in many other states. This means if you don’t plan on eating the fish, get it back in the water as quickly as possible, so as not to harm it.
Remember, when you think of fishing in Colorado you don’t have to be a trout angler or a flea flicker. Although the trout fishing is quite popular there are many other fishing opportunities in the wonderful state of Colorado to anglers of all kinds.