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. 2.
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 7 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 ranges from $400 to $750 based on the number of participants. Non-cash prizes will be awarded to the first five places for youths between ages 11 and 17 and also for kids ages 10 and under.
The tournament is limited to 200 adults and 50 youth entries. To register, go to www.vegalodge.com to 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 older. 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 at 970-487-3107, Jerry Hamm at 970-487-3478 or Vega Lodge at 970-487-3733.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of Colorado’s wildlife, and a variety of outdoor recreation. For more information go to www.cpw.state.co.us