The Lure of Fishing In Weld

The Lure of Fishing In Weld

Posted on 04/24/2018
The Lure of Fishing In Weld
Story and photos by Jennifer Finch

Scottish Politician John Buchan once said, “The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.” If you are looking for a little bit of hope at the end of your rod and reel, look no further than right here in Weld County. 

St. Vrain State Park

Fishing at St. Vrain State Park

Located just west of I-25 at Highway 119, is one of Weld County’s true gems: St. Vrain State Park. This little slice of nature nestled in along the bustling Front Range of northern Colorado encompasses 604 acres of land and 152 acres of water split among several ponds.

Fishing is one of the most popular activities in the park as anglers of all ages have the chance to hook Bluegill, Black Crappie, Rainbow Trout, Channel Catfish, Bass and Walleye. To learn more about fishing at St. Vrain State Park, click here.

Milavec Reservoir at the Frederick Recreation Area

Fishing at Frederick Recreation Area

Visitors to this site will enjoy 129 acres of parkland, which includes basketball courts, horseshoe pits, picnic tables, trails and, of course, fishing. Non-motorized boats are allowed on the water or you can cast your line right from the shore. And don’t forget to stop by the old pumphouse where you can enjoy a tile mural by artist Mario Miguel Echevarria titled “Hooked on Frederick”, which captures a playful fishing scene. For more information about the Frederick Recreation Area, click here.

Poudre Ponds

Kids fishing at Poudre Ponds.

Located in Greeley, the Poudre Ponds Recreational Fishery is a great place to relax, fish and catch a beautiful sunset along the Rocky Mountains. There is plenty of parking as you enter the area at 35th Ave. just south of O St. (north of F St.) or you can ride bike you along the Poudre River Trail to reach your favorite spot and cast your line. Picnic areas and ADA piers invite all guests to enjoy the ponds. Gas-free boats under 17 feet in length are allowed but a permit is required. To learn more about Greeley’s Poudre Ponds, click here.

Windsor Lake

Afternoon fishing at Windsor Lake.

One of the things Windsor is best known for is beautiful Windsor Lake – home to swimming, sailing, fishing, concerts and all-around family fun. For the anglers, the lake is stocked with Yellow Perch Fingerling, Blue Gill, Channel Catfish and Trout. Year-round fishing is allowed when ice isn’t present, but please know that fishing off the dock or on the swim beach is prohibited. Click here to learn more about Windsor Lake.

For the kids
Introducing a child to the sport of fishing is a gift that will last throughout their life. Several Weld County municipalities want to help you give that gift by offering fishing clinics in May.

May 5, Frederick Fishing Clinic: 
On Saturday May 5th, families will flock to the Frederick Recreation Area to take part in the 11th Annual Frederick Fishing Clinic, which is open to kids of all ages! 

The Frederick Fishing Clinic is put on by the Frederick Police Department and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. This great partnership lets residents explore the Frederick Recreation Area, learn about fishing, and get to know their Police Department! All participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear.

In addition to fishing fun, participants will have the opportunity to learn all sorts of fun Do-It-Yourself projects at the second ever DIY Day that will be happening at Frederick Recreation Area as well. For more information, click here.

May 12, Erie Fishing Clinic at Thomas Reservoir:
Grab your kids (ages 5-12), your fishing gear and head on out to Thomas Reservoir for a FREE morning of fishing and fishing clinics. This event is free to the public, but participants must be pre-registered for the event. There will be four time slots. Slot times are: 8:30, 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 a.m.

Topics to be covered include:
Fish biology
Fish handling
Knot tying
Laws and ethics 
and more!

Registration now open, contact the Erie Community Center at 303-926-2550 for more information on this event. For more information, click here.

May 12, Hudson Fishing Derby:
Great fun for the kids! Learn more by clicking here.

Know Before You Go
Before you grab your tackle box and head out to your favorite fishing hole, please make sure you have your fishing license and know the rules and regulations of the location you plan to enjoy. Learn more at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife web page: