Elkhead Reservoir Pike and Bass Tournament

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Elkhead TournamentCatching a fish at Elkhead Reservoir in northwestern Colorado could get you just that!


Angler with northern pike

The Elkhead ​Reservoir (Moffat and Routt counties) Fishing Classic tournament will take place June 24th through July 2nd. This tournament will target smallmouth bass and northern pike. One northern pike and one smallmouth bass will be tagged and released immediately prior to the tournament with individually numbered 2017 passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags. Fish will be checked for tags at the CPW fish scanning station. If a 2017 tagged smallmouth bass and/or northern pike are/is caught during the tournament, the respective angler(s) will receive a cash award (check) of $1,500 per fish on the day the fish is caught. If only one or neither of the 2017 PIT tagged fish are caught during the tournament dates, the remaining cash awards (checks) for this category (either one or both awards) will be drawn for and presented by CPW during the angler ticket drawing at the conclusion of the tournament (approximately 3:30pm) on Sunday, July 2nd.
At the conclusion of the tournament, ​two $750 checks will be awarded to the angler(s) who has/have caught and turned in the most northern pike and/or the most smallmouth bass across the nine day tournament.

Additional prizes totaling $4,500 will be also be awarded daily between 5:00pm and 5:30pm in the following categories:

  • Northern Pike:  smallest per day, largest per day, most caught per day
  • Smallmouth Bass:  smallest per day, largest per day, most caught per day

There is no bag or possession limit for northern pike or smallmouth bass at Elkhead Reservoir.

Participants must check in at the registration area when they arrive at Elkhead Reservoir.​ Youth under 16 can fish without a license. For those over 64, licenses are $1. Anglers ages 16-63 must possess a valid Colorado fishing license. All Colorado Fishing Regulations​ and Boating Regulations​ apply. It is recommended that anglers purchase their 2017 fishing license in advance of the tourname​nt as licenses are not typically available at the reservoir.

There are 16 campsites available at Elkhead Reservoir State Park​ for $18.00/night. Reservations are encouraged. The daily entry fee into the park is $7.00.​

For more information regarding the Elkhead Reservoir Fishing Classic, please see the Tournament Rules and Tournament Flyer​, read the news release​ or call the Yampa River State Park​ at 970-276-2061.​


Ridgway Prize; Creek pontoon boat

For the Third Annual Tournament at Ridgway, the more fish anglers catch the better their chances of winning prizes. Participants will receive a raffle ticket for every smallmouth bass they check in. Six tickets will be drawn for prizes at the end of the tournament on July 30.

Prizes are valued at more than $8,000. The top prize is a 14-foot Tracker fishing boat, complete with trailer, a 20HP engine, life jackets and a Humminbird sonar/GPS unit.

Anglers with lined up bassIn addition, five Creek Company Clark Fork single-person pontoon boats will be awarded. All anglers 12 and under who check-in a smallmouth bass will receive a package of fishing lures.

See the Tournament Rules for Ridgway​.

Anglers can fish as many times as they want during the 24-day tournament. To learn the best ways to catch smallmouth bass and more about issues with non-native fish species, see the Smallmouth Bass at Ridgway Reservoir page.

Boys with bass caught

Camping facilities are available at Ridgway State Park, including 283 sites―many with full electric hook-ups―and three yurts. Daily entry to the park is $7, campsites range in price from $20 to $30 per night.
​Those who plan to fish from boats must make sure their boats are cleaned, drained and dried before getting to Ridgway – or any other reservoir in Colorado.

For more information, call the park at 970-626-5822.

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