Free Fishing Poles for Children – CPW


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be giving away free fishing poles and gift bags to the first 300 kids, ages 5-12, to line up at Ralph Stocker Stadium, Sunday, July 12 as the Grand Junction Rockies take on the Billings Mustangs for a late afternoon baseball game.

CPW DOW header Colorado Parks WildlifeAfter purchasing tickets for the game, parents are advised to enter through the stadium’s south gates, by right field, at 3 p.m., where they will be asked to sign a waiver. CPW wildlife managers will give a free casting lesson to children in the outfield between 3:15 – 3:35 p.m. The game begins at 4:05 p.m., and any remaining fishing poles and gift bags will be distributed after the casting demonstration has concluded.

The rods, reels, and fishing tackle are provided with funds from Great Outdoors Colorado.
“Fishing, like baseball, is a great activity that kids can enjoy outdoors.” said Watchable Wildlife Coordinator Trina Romero, of CPW. “We encourage kids and parents to get outside, go fishing and most importantly, have fun.”

By organizing events like Outdoor Heritage Day and this free fishing rod give-away, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is committed to showing kids and families about fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, and a wide variety of outdoor activities.

“For many of these kids and their parents, this free rod will be the first step toward having fun outside and catching some fish,” says Romero. “We appreciate the Grand Junction Rockies cooperation and assistance in making this event possible. We hope to see a good turnout for this fun event.”

Kids under 16 do not need a fishing license in Colorado. Anyone 16 and older must purchase a license and a Habitat Stamp, available at any CPW office, license vendor or online at

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