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Elkhead Fishing Classic returns to Moffat County June 23

Craig Press Staff Report

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host the Elkhead Reservoir Fishing Classic June 23 through July 1 at Elkhead Reservoir State Park.

Talented fisherman could snag thousands of dollars in an upcoming tournament.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host the Elkhead Reservoir Fishing Classic June 23 through July 1 at Elkhead Reservoir State Park, with $9,000 in prizes at stake.

Organizers will provide $1,500 each for the fishers who snag a tagged northern pike and a tagged smallmouth bass.

If only one or neither tagged fish is caught, CPW will host a drawing for the remaining prize money at the end of the tourney.

Additional sums of $750 each go toward the sportsman who catches the most total pike and most bass during the nine-day event.

Many other prizes totaling $4,500 will be offered daily for smallest, largest and greatest number of fish given out by 5:30 p.m. each day. There is no limit for how many northern pike or smallmouth bass can be caught.

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The tournament will kick off at 6:30 a.m. June 23.

Competitors of all ages are welcome for the contest, which has no entry fees. Licenses are free to ages 15 and younger and $1 for ages 64 and up.

Ages 16 to 63 will require a valid 2017 Colorado fishing license, which should be purchased before the contest.

All state boating and fishing regulations apply.

Campsite costs at Elkhead are $18 per night, and reservations are recommended. Daily park entry is $7.

For more information on contest rules, call Yampa River State Park at 970-276-2061 or visit http://cpw.state.co.us/tournament.