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This tournament will target smallmouth bass and northern pike. One northern pike and one smallmouth bass will be tagged and released immediately prior to the tournament with individually numbered 2017 passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags. Fish will be checked for tags at the CPW fish scanning station. If a 2017 tagged smallmouth bass and/or northern pike are/is caught during the tournament, the respective angler(s) will receive a cash award (check) of $1,500 per fish on the day the fish is caught. If only one or neither of the 2017 PIT tagged fish are caught during the tournament dates, the remaining cash awards (checks) for this category (either one or both awards) will be drawn for and presented by CPW during the angler ticket drawing at the conclusion of the tournament (approximately 3:30pm) on Sunday, July 2nd.

At the conclusion of the tournament, ​two $750 checks will be awarded to the angler(s) who has/have caught and turned in the most northern pike and/or the most smallmouth bass across the nine day tournament.

Additional prizes totaling $4,500 will be also be awarded daily between 5:00pm and 5:30pm in the following categories:

Northern Pike: smallest per day, largest per day, most caught per day
Smallmouth Bass: smallest per day, largest per day, most caught per day
There is no bag or possession limit for northern pike or smallmouth bass at Elkhead Reservoir.

Participants must check in at the registration area when they arrive at Elkhead Reservoir.​ Youth under 16 can fish without a license. For those over 64, licenses are $1. Anglers ages 16-63 must possess a valid Colorado fishing license. All Colorado Fishing Regulations​ and Boating Regulations​ apply. It is recommended that anglers purchase their 2017 fishing license in advance of the tourname​nt as licenses are not typically available at the reservoir.​

There are 16 campsites available at Elkhead Reservoir State Park​ for $18.00/night. Reservations are encouraged. The daily entry fee into the park is $7.00.​

For more information regarding the Elkhead Reservoir Fishing Classic, please see the Tournament Rules and Tournament Flyer​, read the news release​ or call the Yampa River State Park​ at 970-276-2061.