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Cash prizes and great fun at Stagecoach State Park during 6th Annual Steamboat Great Outdoors Fishing Tournament

CPW News Release
OAK CREEK, Colo. - Ice fishing continues to grow in popularity and Colorado Parks and Wildlife encourages all anglers to enjoy the sport. One great way to enjoy the wintertime activity is by participating in Stagecoach State Park's 6th Annual Steamboat Great Outdoors Ice Fishing Tournament, Jan. 7 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cash prizes are given to the top five contestants. The final checkout is at 12:30 p.m and prizes awarded at 2:30. In 2017, the tournament will be open to all fish species.

"Ice anglers have a lot of fun during the tournament," said Park Manager Craig Preston. "The prizes are very attractive as we anticipate giving away between $1,000 and $3,000 this year. In addition, 25 percent of the tournament proceeds will be donated to the SOROCO Science Club."

The tournament is limited to 200 adult and 50 youth entries. Registration fees are $30 for anyone 16 or older. Youth 15 or younger can enter for free and are eligible for non-cash prizes. Same day registration will be possible at Stagecoach State Park's Marina Deck, beginning at 6:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Prior to Jan. 5, participants can preregister at Stagecoach State Park's office during regular park hours, CPW's Steamboat Springs office at 925 Weiss Drive, or at Spiro's Tradin' Post, 107 West Main Street in Oak Creek.

Preston thanks the Town of Oak Creek, South Routt Recreation Association, Yampa Valley Anglers and the Stagecoach Marina for sponsoring the tournament.

"It's a great group that works together to organize this tournament, and we are very grateful for the partnership," he said.

To request tournament rules and a registration form, email or call 970-736-2436.

Anglers are reminded that all current fishing regulations for the year 2016-17 will apply and will be enforced. A current fishing brochure is available at the CPW website, at the park's Visitor Center, any CPW office or CPW license vendor.

A valid state parks pass is required to enter the park. Carpooling is highly recommended due to limited parking space.

Snowmobiles and OHVs are permitted on the reservoir below the high-water mark only for the purpose of commuting to ice-fishing destinations.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife advises all ice anglers to use caution and seek ice-fishing safety information at the CPW website.

Pets are welcome, but must be kept on a six-foot leash at all times.

For more information about Stagecoach State Park, visit them on the web, or call 970-736-2436.
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