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Colorado launches new fishing resources for anglers

DENVER – Whether you’re a seasoned angler or you’ve never picked up a rod, finding a place to fish in Colorado has never been easier! Colorado Parks and Wildlife has launched several new tools for anglers ready to enjoy everything Colorado fishing has to offer.

The Colorado Fishing Atlas , the latest interactive mapping tool offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, allows users to search for fishing opportunities by species, specific interest or proximity to your home or destination. Use the simple map interface to locate and view recommended opportunities for the family, remote fly fishing or ice fishing. Additional information such as handicap accessible fishing access, stocked waters, boat ramps, special fishing regulations, stream gages, license agents and Gold Medal waters is included overlaid on top of Bing™ street maps, USGS topographic maps or high-resolution color aerial photography. The Colorado Fishing Atlas also includes a printable Fishing Resource Report that provides nearby state and federal management agency offices, emergency facilities, campgrounds and fishing license agents. The Colorado Fishing Atlas can be found online through the fishing page on Colorado Parks and Wildlife website at http://cpw.state.co.us. New users of the Colorado Fishing Atlas can also watch short video tutorials that explain the system.

In addition to the new interactive Colorado Fishing Atlas, Colorado anglers can now share tips, share recipes, get the latest conditions, find a fishing buddy, find a fishing clinic, ask questions, or post pictures of their latest catch on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Fishing page on Facebook. Facebook users can find and “like” the new page by searching for “CPW Fishing” or by going to http://facebook.com/CPWFishing.

Women-only shotgun, flyfishing and archery skills opportunity

GRAND JUNCTION — Women interested in learning the basics of shooting, archery and fly fishing are invited to attend Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s “Cast, Blast and Twang” clinic to be held in Grand Junction, Saturday, May 18 from 8 a.m. to mid-afternoon.

The three-part class is designed for novices interested in learning about these popular outdoor activities and is open to women from across the state, however space is limited.

“Many ladies want to hunt or fish, but they don’t have a mentor,” said Kathleen Tadvick, education coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildife. “This class is perfect for them because it teaches the fundamentals of fly fishing, archery and the safe use of shotguns in a comfortable, women only environment.”

Tadvick adds that no experience or equipment is required, and suggests that anyone planning on attending should consider bringing a friend to add to the fun and enjoyment of the class.

Cast, Blast and Twang is offered through Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Hunter Outreach Program. The program includes workshops, clinics, seminars and educational hunts that focus on teaching the skills, ethics and traditions of hunting to novice youth and women.

What: Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Cast, Blast and Twang – Women-only seminar

When: Saturday, May 18, 8:00 a. m. to mid-afternoon

Where: Grand Junction area – Directions provided after registration

Contact: For questions, call: 970-255-6181

Registration: Visit http://www.bit.ly/cbtregister, or http://www.register-ed.com for a full listing of classes and clinics offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife – If you do not have online access, call 970-255-6100 to register by phone.

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