Colorado’s Vega State Park Hosts Ice Fishing Tournament

   01.25.12

Attention ice anglers: Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Collbran Lions Club will be hosting a one-day Ice Fishing Tournament at Vega State Park on Feb. 11.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with check-in either Friday night at Vega Lodge from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. or on Saturday beginning at 6 a.m. at the Vega State Park entrance. Prizes will be awarded for largest fish caught. For adults 18 and older, there are cash prizes for the top five lengths. The first place prize is $750.  Non-cash prizes will be awarded to the first five places for youths between ages 11-17 and also for kids ages 10 and under.

The tournament entries are limited to 250 adults and 50 youth under 18 years old. To register, download and complete the Fishing Tournament Registration Form and review the Fishing Tournament Rules. Registration forms and tournament rules are also available at Vega State Park’s Visitor Center, Vega Lodge or in Collbran at Valley Ranch Supply or Collbran Supply.

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 16 years old and up.  Due to limited parking, car pooling is strongly recommended.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds ice fishermen to use common-sense precautions when venturing onto the ice, including always fishing with a partner and drilling 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, contact the Collbran Lions Club. Contacts are:  Glenn Stoll (970-487-3107), Jerry Hamm (970-487-3478) or Vega Lodge (970-487-3733).

Colorado Parks and Wildlife gets everyone outdoors! 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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