Outside Briefs, July 1, 2017
Annual bass-fishing event runs July 7-30 in Ridgway
The third annual smallmouth bass tournament at Ridgway State Park is scheduled for July 7-30.
There is no entry fee and anglers will vie for more than $8,000 in prizes.
The more smallmouth bass anglers catch the better their chances of winning prizes. Anglers get a raffle ticket for every smallmouth they catch. The top prize is a 14-foot Tracker fishing boat with trailer, a 25-horsepower outboard engine, life jackets and a sonar fish-finder device. Second-tier prizes are five Creek Company Clark Fork single-person catarafts.
All anglers 12 and under who turn in a smallmouth bass will receive a package of fishing lures.
Smallmouth bass were introduced illegally into Ridgway Reservoir about 10 years ago. The fish are predators and there is a significant risk of them escaping the reservoir into adjacent rivers and consuming native Colorado fish that are found nowhere else in the world.
CPW also has posted a web page that explains the best way to catch smallmouth bass. It also gives an explanation of smallmouth bass issues at Ridgway Reservoir.
Entry to the park is $7 per vehicle. A $70 annual pass provides entrance to all 41 Colorado state parks. Boaters are reminded that their craft must be cleaned, drained and dry before entering Ridgway State Park.
Highline Lake program continues through July 26
Highline Lake State Park’s “Oasis in the High Desert” outdoor program continues until July 26.
The program will be held every Wednesday and is for kids ages 5-12 years old.
The Kid’s Outdoor Adventures is a program for youngsters to experience nature.
Kids need to be at the park by 10 a.m. each Wednesday. Also, every weekend through Aug. 19, the 2017 Outdoor Adventures Program will be at the park.
This is for older kids and the entire family. Activities feature nature hikes, full moon and new moon night hikes, learning about astronomy and looking through telescopes at the night sky during an evening Star Party, a variety of fun outdoor games, and spooky campfire talks and legends.
Train to Hunt national tourney begins Saturday
Powderhorn Mountain Resort will host the Train to Hunt nationals on July 8-9.
This event combines physical fitness and archery skills. Powderhorn hosted a regional qualifier on June 24. Competitors from 10 different regional qualifiers from around the country earned spots at the national event.
The Train to Hunt Challenge is a race that features a variety of obstacles and physical challenges as well as target shooting.
The national events will have more difficult challenges than the regional competition — which was also at Powderhorn — and will be a two-day event.
Information: Powderhorn Mountain Resort, 970-268-5700.