Get together with some friends and head out for an ice fishing adventure. Tournaments are held almost weekly from late December through the beginning of March. There are both team and individual tournaments.
Adults will need a valid fishing license to compete in these tournaments. In most of the contests with multiple days, you are free to choose how many days you fish. Cash money is usually the prize.
2017 Ice Fishing Tournaments in Colorado:
The heaviest fish wins, $3,000 cash 1st prize.
- Jan 7 – Boyd Lake State Park in Loveland
- Jan 21 – Chatfield State Park in Littleton
- Jan 28 – Starvation Reservoir in Utah
- Feb 11 – Blue Mesa Reservoir in Gunnison
5th annual tournament at Stagecoach State Park on Sat, Jan 7. It’s limited to trout species only and 200 participants. Entry for youth 17 and under is free. It runs from 9am-3pm and cash prizes are offered, with some proceeds going to Oak Creek Fire Corps.
11 Mile Marina presents three contests in one held January 7, February 4 and March 4 held at Eleven Mile Reservoir. Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes up for grabs.
Three round tournament at Eleven Mile Reservoir in Lake George. Thousands of dollars in cash prizes for pike, trout and salmon. Tournament hours are from 7am to 2:30pm. A team consists of two people, with at least one 18+.
- Jan 11 – The Grand Slam, $8,060 cash paid
- Feb 8 – Southpark Ice Masters, $8,060 cash paid
- Mar 8 – Marina March Madness, $9,560 cash paid
Annual contest at Rifle Gap State Park on Sat, Jan 21-22. Are ages can fish and 17 and under are free! Divisions for rainbow trout, brown trout and yellow perch.
Back for a 7th year on Sat, Jan 21st at Monument Lake in downtown Monument. It’s the closest tournament for most people on the Front Range. It runs from 9am to 1pm.
29th annual event at Lake Granby, Grand Lake, and Shadow Mountain Lake, from Sat, Jan 27 to Sun, Jan 29. Fish one, two or three days. More than $18,000 in cash prizes is awarded!. Plus get cash prizes up to 8th place. There will be a Big Fish drawing category. Over $3000 in fishing gear will be given away. Entry gets you a raffle ticket and a commemorative hat.
Island Lake in Cedaredge hosts their 5th annual ice fishing tournament on Sat, February 4th from 9am-3pm. Kids under 18 can compete for free, but not for prize money.
Held Saturday, February 4th in Jackson County’s Delaney Butte Lakes in Walden. No bait or attractants are permitted. Adult prizes awarded through 5th place and youth 16 & under through 4th place.
18th annual tournament returns February 11 and 12 at Twin Lakes Reservoir, south of Leadville. Event attracts hundreds of anglers from across the state competing for cash and prizes. Awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in Mackinaw, Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat. Children 12 and under compete for 1st place belt buckles, and 2nd & 3rd place trophies.
Held February 18 from 6:30am to 2:30pm at Vallecito Lake between Durango and Bayfield. Prizes awarded in three categories: Largest Trout, Largest Pike, Heaviest Stringer. Kids 5-12 will receive a complimentary ice fishing starter kit while supplies last.
Presented by the Chaparral Park General Store on Sat, Feb 18 at Spinney Mountain Reservoir. Cash prizes for first fish, biggest trout, biggest pike and trout total combined weight (4 max). Raffle tickets given out for doors prizes.
20th annual tournament at Wolford Mountain Reservoir in Kremmling on Sat, Feb 18.
6th annual catch and release tournament held Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6. A Welcome Party is held Friday night at 5:30 for registration and door prizes. Prizes awarded in three divisions: Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout. Award Ceremony is held at Pancho & Lefty’s Sunday at 1pm.
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