Ice fishing at Stagecoach State Park
In what may be the last hurrah for the 2013 ice-fishing season, Stagecoach State Park and Steamboat Springs guide and outfitter Steamboat Great Outdoors are hosting an ice-fishing tournament Sunday at Stagecoach Reservoir.
The tourney runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a limit of 200 adult entries (50 youth anglers). All entrants ages 16 and 17 are required to show proof of age. Adult contestants must accompany entrants under age 13.
Entry fee is $25 before Sunday, $30 on the day of the tournament. No fee for youth anglers. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Oak Creek Fire Corps.
Despite the reservoir’s abundance of pike, the tournament counts only trout species with adult winners receiving cash prizes. Park officials are requiring anglers to harvest any northern pike and walleye caught during the tournament. Any angler seen releasing walleye or pike will be disqualified.
Information gathered from the collection of walleye and pike during the tournament will be used in future management practices and strategies at Stagecoach.
Only two fish per angler will be measured for official results.
A valid state park pass is required for entry to the park, and carpooling is encouraged due to limited parking.
For this day, the park is allowing off-road vehicles and snowmobiles on the reservoir below the high-water mark for commuting to fishing destinations only.
Current state fishing regulations apply to all participants, and pets are welcome but must be on a six-foot leash at all times.
For rules and registration, visit http://www.steamboatgreatoutdoors.com or call 970-819-4525.