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May 24, 2011 1:47 PM by Stephanie Collins

Family fishing clinic at Quail Lake

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is hosting a family fishing clinic from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., June 4, at Quail Lake in the Springs.

Free fishing rods and reels will be given away to the first 500 children accompanied by an adult.

"Wildlife officers will be on hand to teach fishing basics, casting techniques, knot tying, fish identification, and fishing ethics," said Steve Lucero, an education specialist with the DOW.

Quail Lake is a popular place to fish in Colorado Springs. The Division will provide the poles, the bait and instruction. "All you have to do is reel them in," said Lucero. Parking is available at the ATMEL lot across the street from the lake.

"You don't even need a license because the first weekend in June is Free Fishing Weekend in Colorado," said Lucero. "The requirement to buy a fishing license is waved June 4-5, but all other fishing rules and regulations still apply including where you can keep fish and how many you can keep."

Children under the age of 16 are never required to buy a fishing license in Colorado, but during the rest of the year adults need one.

Call (719) 227-5200 for more information about places for family fishing or click here to visit the Division's website.

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