Big prizes beckon smallmouth bass anglers to annual tournament | News

Big prizes beckon smallmouth bass anglers to annual tournament | News
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If you like fishing and would like a shot at winning as much as $5,000, head over to Ridgway State Park starting in July and cast a line to participate in the seventh-annual smallmouth bass fishing tournament sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

No registration is required; participants just need a Colorado fishing license.

In all, CPW is offering $10,000 in cash prizes during the tournament which runs from July 10 through Aug. 8. And the more fish caught, the more chances to win.

The annual tournament helps CPW reduce the population of smallmouth bass in the reservoir, which were introduced there illegally. The predator fish can escape impoundments and enter other waterways, such as the Uncompahgre River, putting native fish species at risk.

The tournament offers a raffle category and a skills category for prizes.

To qualify for any of the prizes, anglers must turn in smallmouth bass at the drop box located at the fish-cleaning station near the state…

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