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Colorado Parks and Wildlife
The tournament continues through Sunday (July 19). Fish must be checked in before 8 p.m.

There is no registration fee and the contest is open to all anglers who have a Colorado fishing license. The top prize is a 14-foot fishing boat complete with engine, trailer and life jackets. Other prizes include fishing rod combos and lures--especially suited for smallmouth bass anglers.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has tagged 10 smallmouth bass of all sizes. Every smallmouth-bass angler who harvests a fish has an opportunity to win a prize. Tags are not visible and all smallmouth bass will be checked at the boat ramp to determine prize eligibility. Live fish cannot be checked. Anglers are automatically registered in the tournament when they present smallmouth bass at the check-in area at the boat ramp.

There are no bag or possession limits on smallmouth bass at Ridgway Reservoir.

All boaters are reminded that they must go through the aquatic nuisance inspection station before launching their craft.

For tournament rules and instruction on how to catch smallmouth bass, go to:

Outstanding camping facilities are available at Ridgway State Park, so anglers can get an early start in the morning and fish well into the evening. Ridgway offers 283 campsites and three yurts. The daily entry fee to the park is $7 per vehicle. Camp sites range in price from $18 to $26.

For more information about the fishing tournament or camping, call Ridgway State Park at 970-626-5822.