Lake Estes Fishing and Annual Fishing Derby

Fishing licenses are required in the State of Colorado, and can be purchased at the Marina Store. For more information about fishing in Colorado,
visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife's website.


The 2019 Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Lake Estes in Estes Park, Colorado.

The Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVRPD), in conjunction with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, sponsors an annual Fishing Derby to benefit EVRPD youth programs.

  • When: June 1, 2019. June 1 and 2 are free-fishing days in Colorado. Colorado State fishing licenses are not required on these two days.
  • Time: 8 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Lake Estes Marina Store, 1770 Big Thompson Avenue (on U.S. Highway 34).
  • Who: Open to all ages.
  • Cost: Pre-registration fee is $3.00. Registration fee on the day of the Fishing Derby is $4.00. The $5.00 day-use fee for vehicles at Lake Estes is waived on Derby Day.
  • Prizes: Many prizes are donated by local merchants and are given to a male and female in each age group for the largest fish. (Age groups are 9 and under; 10-15; 16-59; and 60 and over.)

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