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Kids just wanna catch fish!

Sydney Boyd, 6, of Rifle, holds up a fish caught with the help of her mom, Tracy, during the “Cast ‘n Blast” on Saturday in Axial Basin. The free event was hosted by the Colorado Division of Wildlife to introduce fishing and shooting as family activities.





Sydney Boyd, 6, of Rifle, holds up a fish caught with the help of her mom, Tracy, during the "Cast 'n Blast" on Saturday in Axial Basin. The free event was hosted by the Colorado Division of Wildlife to introduce fishing and shooting as family activities.
Shawn McHugh

Many moms and dads simply want to find angling success for their youngsters, and a pair of stocked ponds in the city limits are the go-to destinations for families and Barbie rods. Bait fishing is allowed in both Casey's Pond and Fetcher's Pond. The former is easily visible from U.S. Highway 40 at the first stoplight on your way into town from Rabbit Ears Pass. Fetcher's Pond, which isn't visible from the highway, is a short drive down Pine Grove Road (make a left turn at the second stoplight in town).

When the kids are ready for a more adventurous experience drive up Rabbit Ears Pass to pick on the little brook trout in streams like Walton Creek. There's no need to cast here, just tie a bushy dry fly and let the kids touch it onto the water wherever there's a deep run. The brook trout will literally jump out of the water to get the fly and your young anglers should get plenty of action.

Stop on your way to the pass at the Hahns Peak Ranger District for maps that show designated parking areas on the summit of the pass.

The logical place to purchase children's fishing tackle is at the giant discount store whose name begins with a 'W.' But when it's time to get serious about local fishing reports and selecting fly patterns, turn to the pros at one of three local fly fishing shops — there are two on Lincoln Avenue and one on Yampa Avenue and Fifth Street. You can also book a guided fishing outing, either on public or pricier private water.