Warm weather is finally here and our favorite lakes to fish are thawed and flooded with some incredible catches. There are plenty of events across the state that go on throughout the year, so if you’re on the hunt for a great family outing and the potential for a big fish, head to the CWA Jackson Lake Tournament this year. Jackson Lake State Park is located in Orchard, Colorado, northeast of the Denver area.
The Colorado Walleye Association is hosting a tournament at Jackson Lake, taking place in just a few short weeks towards the end of June. This is a great tournament for those that are veterans at fishing tournaments or those who are getting their feet wet in the tournament scene.
The Jackson Lake tournament has a great daily payout with the 1st place payout at $1130 and 10th place being $175. For the young ones that would like to try their hand is some tournament fishing, they are more than welcome to as well. There will be an award given are for 1st place youth team overall to and 1st place mixed team overall.
This tournament is also be an invitational for the Cabela’s NTC. The top CWA points leaders with a minimum of 3-point tournaments that have the same partner will receive an invitation to the championships. There will also be a team of the year. This title will be trophied to whoever has the highest accumulation of points for 2018 for walleye point fishing tournaments 1-5.
The CWA Jackson Lake Tournament is catch and release unless it is stated elsewhere as “catch and keep”. Those that participate must have their CWA memberships up to date and current. If a member is not up to date the day prior and the $20 fee was not paid your entry fee will be forfeited and you will not be able to participate – don’t forget!
As we all know, not everyone in the family may want to go fishing. At Jackson Lake there is something for everyone in the family. Boating is welcome along with jet skiing, and there are jet ski rentals at the lake as well. Swimming is also a treat here, as this lake is shallow so the water actually warms up to a reasonable temperature, unlike many other bodies of water in the Colorado Rockies. Geocaching is another popular past time with two different locations in the park, and educational programs are also offered on Friday and Saturday evenings and Saturday mornings starting Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day weekend every year.
With summer at our fingertips, it’s the best time to get out there and start refining those awesome skills or for those of you that have not ever gone, to start gaining some skills. If you aren’t ready to take on a tournament solo, let Fly Fishing Colorado guide you along a 4-hour float fishing trip that is perfect for every level of angler. The best part? All of the gear is provided!