Rifle Gap to Host 14th Annual Colorado Ice Fishing Tournament

   01.11.12

Attention ice anglers: Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Rifle Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 14th Annual Ice Fishing Tournament at Rifle Gap State Park on Jan. 21-22.

This two-day event is a great opportunity to enjoy ice fishing in a family-friendly setting. Prizes will be awarded for largest rainbow trout, brown trout and yellow perch. For adults 18 and older, there are cash prizes for the top five lengths for each species. There will also be prizes for youths between ages 11-17 and for kids ages 10 and under. The lucky angler who lands the biggest fish will win a chance at $20,000.

All participants must register with the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce at www.riflechamber.com or at 970-625-2085. A valid daily or annual Colorado State Park pass is required for all vehicles entering the park and a valid Colorado fishing license is also required for all participants.

As always, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds ice fishermen to take common-sense precautions when venturing onto the ice. Always fish with a partner and always drill test holes to determine ice thickness. Each angler should wear a life jacket and carry ice picks, 50 feet of rope and a cell phone. Park rangers also recommend that anglers stay away from cracks, pressure ridges and slushy or darker areas that signify thinner ice. To learn more about being safe on the ice, please visit our web site at: http://parks.state.co.us/Pages/IceSafety.aspx.

For more information about this event, please contact the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce at www.riflechamber.com or 970-625-2085.

Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado’s 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado’s economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.parks.state.co.us

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