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Grab the reel: Free fishing is back in Colorado

Get outside this weekend without breaking the bank.

COLORADO, USA — Get out the fishing rods, Colorado's free fishing weekend is back.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) said all anglers can fish without a license anywhere in Colorado on Saturday and Sunday.

The annual event during the first weekend of June aims to get families, friends and anglers back into Colorado's outdoors to fish for cold and warm water fish species.

CPW has resources to help those interested in fishing throughout the state. The agency has a map here with 101 family-friendly fishing sites.

Some fishing spots on the map in the Denver metro area with easily accessible shores that are great for kids are Bear Creek Reservoir, City Park Lake in Denver, Quincy Reservoir and Aurora Reservoir — although heavy rains in May have led to high water levels at Front Range bodies of water.

CPW also offers an interactive map showing where people can fish in Colorado, weekly fishing report from lakes across the state and a stocking report.

Colorado has about 2,500 lakes and reservoirs and nearly 10,000 miles of fishable streams and rivers. Each year, CPW fills Colorado's waters with about 90 million fish.

“The outdoors are for everyone, and fishing is a great way to discover and enjoy Colorado,” said Angler Outreach Coordinator Andre Egli. “If you know someone that is interested in fishing but doesn’t want to buy a license for something they have never tried before, this weekend provides a chance to get them to the water and get them hooked.”

After Sunday, anglers need a license to fish in Colorado. Licenses can be purchased online, at any CPW office or from more than 600 sales agents across the state. For more information, call 800-244-5613 or visit this website.

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Yampa River fly fishing.

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