How to Fish in a Kayak in Colorado

How to Fish in a Kayak in Colorado
Fishing isn't limited to canoes and rowboats these days. Fishing from a kayak is the latest craze in the sporting world, and Colorado has many rivers and lakes to go kayak fishing on. If you are planning on joining the ranks of kayak fishermen in Colorado rivers and lakes, there are a few things you should know before venturing out on your own.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • A fishing pole
  • A paddle keeper or paddle leash
  • Tackle box with bait
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Container for keeping fish
  • Colorado fishing license
  • First aid kit
  • Life jacket
Step 1
Decide on what type of kayak you want to use. There are two kinds of kayaks that are suitable for fishing: the sit-on-top kayak and the sit-in kayak.

The sit-on-top kayak is sturdy and makes for easy maneuvering. The sit-in kayak is more comfortable because its design protects you from water splashing into your seat and provides more speed. The sit-on-top kayak is recommended for fishing because of its stability and storage options. Generally speaking, the shorter the kayak, the more stable it will be. The longer boats provide more speed but less stability, and when fishing, choose stability over speed. Also look for a kayak that will provide enough storage for all your fishing supplies.
Step 2
Once you have purchased or rented your kayak, decide on where to fish. Colorado has a wide array of fabulous locations for kayak fishing, from lakes to reservoirs to the Colorado river. Research which are the best locations and what kind of fish you will expect to find there. A few examples of great Colorado kayak fishing locations include Estes Park and the mountain parks near Colorado Springs.
Step 3
Now that you have chosen your kayak and identified your location, start collecting supplies. There are many online sources that carry fishing and kayak supplies, or you can visit your local sporting goods store.

Tips & Warnings

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Article Written By Kelsey Childress

Kelsey Childress runs a freelance creative business called Awen Creative that specializes in SEO Web content, social media marketing and blogging. She has been writing for online and in-print publications for over six years, and has a bachelor's degree in English literature and creative writing from Kansas State University.

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