Ring in 2015 at Steamboat Great Outdoors Ice Fishing Tournament

Get a jumpstart on fishing in 2015 at the 4th annual Steamboat Great Outdoors Ice Fishing Tournament Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stagecoach State Park.

Co-hosted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Steamboat Great Outdoors, the one-day hardwater tournament attracts hundreds of competitors chasing cash prizes and the lake’s big trout.

“I can’t think of a better way to enjoy winter than with some fishing and some good, old-fashioned competition,” Park Manager Craig Preston said. “People have a great time and they catch some really big fish. Plus, it’s for a great cause, and you can’t beat that.”

Part of the proceeds help fund the Oak Creek Fire Corps, a program that enables community members to offer their time and talents to their local fire and EMS department in a non-emergency capacity.

The tournament is limited to the first 200 adults and 50 youth anglers (17 and under that sign-up. Youth can participate for free and win non-cash prizes.

Registration (adults $30, cash only) is at the park the morning of the event.

Only trout species will count, with first through fifth places receiving a prize, based on the total length of two fish.

All current state fishing regulations apply.

All vehicles entering the park must have a $7 daily pass or $70 annual park pass. Passes can be purchased at the park.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: The 4th annual Steamboat Great Outdoors Ice Fishing Tournament

WHERE: Stagecoach State Park, 12 miles south of Steamboat Springs.

WHEN: Jan 4 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

HOW: For rules and registration,visit http://www.steamboatgreatoutdoors.com or call 970-819-4525.


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