Free Fishing Days June 1st & 2nd. Create A Memory, & A Tradition

Remembering The 1st Time I Went Fishing with My Dad.

By Melissa Shrader Editor/Publisher Loveland Macaroni Kid May 27, 2024

My Memories of Fishing With My Dad.

I was maybe 5 or 6 when my dad took me up to the mountains to a little pond. The spring air was a bit chilly and the flowers were just starting to bloom. Dad was so excited! He sat me down and started telling me all about bobbers, how to hold the pole, and how to hold the release on the reel when casting. He held my hand and helped me cast the line for the first time. Then we sat and talked a bit about things. I can’t remember exactly what, maybe it was about what we were going to do with the fish we caught. I just loved being there with him.

The time passed and we talked more. Then suddenly Dad caught a fish. I dropped my pole and I remember him saying “No, You need to hold your pole. I’ll be fine. Keep fishing.” I watched him carefully and picked up my pole. Dad was good. He held the pole in one hand and scooped up the fish in his net with the other hand. The fish was HUGE! Dad put it in his basket and we resumed waiting and talking. I was just about ready to give up and go home, I felt a tug. It was a BIG tug! Dad jumped up and grabbed the pole and reeled the fish in. I had caught my FIRST fish! I was happy, but dad BEAMED. 

He was so happy and proud. 

This became a tradition for us to go out each spring by ourselves and just sit, fish, and talk. There were times we caught many fish and times when we didn’t get anything but, it was wonderful. 

The free fishing events are a great way to introduce your kids to fishing and see if they may be interested in fishing or maybe just a yearly tradition. 

The weekend of June 1st & 2nd is a free fishing weekend here in Colorado where you can fish without a license no matter your age. Remember all other rules and regulations still apply. 

FYI: Kids under 16 are ALWAYS FREE! Anytime of year.

Local Fishing Derby's

Free fishing days are June 1st & 2nd.

You can create your own tradition over this weekend by creating your own magic over the free fishing weekend. Find a lake, bring a snack or lunch then Picnic or snack, talk and connect over a peaceful fishing trip. Make sure the lake is open and boating is allowed. 

Mead Fishing

Colorado's free fishing weekend is June 1. Kids are invited to participate in a free fishing clinic, while the entire family is invited to enjoy a morning of free fishing at Lorin Mead Park at Highland Lake. The first 75 kiddos who participate in the 3-session clinic will receive a free fishing pole!

Fishing Clinics every 30 min 8-10 a.m. Open fishing 8-12. Food Vendor & Beverages: 10-12 p.m.

Windsor Fishing Derby Eastman Park

Saturday June 1st, 2024 8am - 12pm.
Go fish! We will introduce about 250 fish into the pond at Eastman Park to give Windsor youth the opportunity to catch their very first fish! Kids get to take up to 2 fish and get a free lunch of a hot dog, chips and a drink. Please bring a pole or any equipment you may want to use.
For children ages 2-12. $7/child. Register here.

Fishing Derby In Greeley @ Sanborn Park

June 1st 10am - 12pm. Don’t miss this free family-friendly annual event. Bring your pole and tackle and see who can catch the biggest fish! Be sure to sign up for giveaways beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Greeley Recreation tent by the playground. Ages 5+.

Fun Colorado Fishing Facts: 

  • Colorado boasts 35 species of cold-water and warm-water fish.
  • Our state features many highly regarded fishing destinations, including more than 1300 lakes and reservoirs and 6000 miles of high-altitude streams.
  • 321 miles of those streams are designated Gold Medal waters and managed for high-quality fishing!
  • Fishing is not only a hugely popular activity in Colorado but an enormous boost to our economy.
  • The greenback cutthroat trout, Colorado's state fish, was once considered extinct. But, they are making a comeback thanks to CPW staff, volunteers, and partner organizations.