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Trout Fishing Tournament at Lakewood’s Bear Creek Lake Park on May 12
City of Lakewood
Boat and shoreline fishing teams can cast a line and reel in the big one at Bear Creek Lake Park’s seventh annual fishing tournament on Saturday, May 12. Held on Bear Creek Reservoir, the tournament focuses on catching brown and rainbow trout and the winner will be determined by weight. This is a two-person team tournament with 25 team slots available for watercraft and 25 team slots available for shore fishing. Registration, which costs $60 per team and includes the park entry fee, is required by May 11 and can be completed online at, at Bear Creek Lake Park or at Lakewood recreation centers. Fishing licenses are required and all boats undergo a mandatory boat inspection. Boats must arrive with a valid green seal the day of the tournament. Check in is at 5:30 a.m. the tournament kicks off at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.

Cash prizes are awarded for first, second and third place. Prize amounts are based on total registration fees. In 2017, the first-place prize of $700 went to a boating team with a 1.66-pound brown trout. Second place won $500 with a 1.24-pound rainbow trout and third place took home $225 with a 1.13-pound rainbow trout, both reeled in from shore. Participants also have the chance to win products from Sportsman’s Warehouse and Discount Fishing Tackle. Lakewood Park Ranger Luke Wilson recommends trying small worms and PowerBait to lure in prize-winning trout.

Bear Creek Reservoir is habitat to naturally reproducing brown trout and is stocked with rainbow trout annually by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Additional species include walleye, saugeye, perch, smallmouth bass and bluegill. Each spring, Lakewood park rangers continue to improve fish habitat in the reservoir by submerging donated Christmas trees that are secured to a strong base so that they remain underwater. The decomposing trees provide sportfish with spawning habitat, refuge from predators and nutrition from insects, snails, other marine life and smaller fish that are attracted to the new vegetation.

About Lakewood’s Bear Creek Lake Park

Located at 15600 W. Morrison Road (Morrison Road and C-470), Bear Creek Lake Park offers an abundance of recreational and educational opportunities, including naturalist programs, a visitor center and miles of multiple-use trails to explore on foot, bicycle or horseback. The 2,600 acres of open space consist of prairie, wetland and riparian ecosystems and many animals call the park home. The park features a popular swim beach, water ski school, horseback riding stables, archery range, reservable picnic shelters and a 47-site campground that includes three cabins and two yurts. For information, visit or call 303-697-6159.