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• Fishing gear
• Long clothing or insect repellent
• Fishing license
-All fishers 16-years-old and older must have a state license
Visit http://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/Fishing.aspx to buy online and find a location to purchase one
-If younger than 16 years old, can fish with one pole without a license. If using more than one pole, a license is required.
Protecting the environment and wildlife is an important thing to remember during every trip, said Jeffco Open Space Ranger ShaunHoward.
Anglers should also make sure they know if their fishing location is catch and release or not.
In addition to picking up any litter left behind, anglers should also be sure to make sure they collect any lines that may have gotten tangled in bushes or branches. Birds in particular can get tangled and trapped in the lines. The best way to get rid of lines, Howard explained, is to ball it up and put it in a plastic bottle, and both may be recycled together.
-To avoid crowds at parks, and for the best bite times, head to the water before 9 a.m. or after 3 p.m.
-Fish tend to congregate in areas where the water turns from shallow to deep to find food. Instead of going out to find food, fish will stay in one place and catch the insects floating in the current.
-Cast near the shoreline for more bites.
-Larger fish enjoy larger insects, like locusts and grasshoppers.
-Check the local fishing reports that day for updates on areas where fish are biting.
-Research the area fishing in advance to find out what kinds of fish live there and food they like.
Source: Nick Puckett
Jefferson County is overflowing with waters for anglers to cast a line in and see what bites.
“Whether you’re fishing with your family at a park like Pine Valley Ranch, or trying fly fishing at Lair o’ the Bear, there are a lot of opportunities for anglers,” said Shaun Howard, ranger lead with Jefferson County Open Space. “We have streams and rivers, ponds and lakes for people to try.”
Summer is the perfect time for fishers of all skill levels to get out and enjoy beautiful weather, scenic locations and match their wits against trout, bass and perch.
Here are some tips and things to remember when planning a trip for the day.
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