No license? No problem.

All you’ll need is a pole and some bait to go fishing in Colorado this weekend, June 2-3, 2018.

Saturday and Sunday is Free Fishing Weekend, held annually as Colorado Parks and Wildlife aims to lure more families to the sport that contributes more than $1.9 billion each year to the state’s economy, according to a research firm. With its scenery, its abundance of warm- and cold-water species and its 315 miles of designated Gold Medal waters, Colorado is an angler’s heaven.

The choices can be overwhelming with 6,000 miles of streams to go along with thousands of lakes and reservoirs. We offer these five spots to be enjoyed by kids and parents alike. Be sure to check specific regulations before you go.

Clear Creek Reservoir: What Parks and Wildlife calls “one of the most productive and dependable” fishing areas in the upper Arkansas River basin, west of Buena Vista. Retreat also to streams above the reservoir.

Pueblo Reservoir: One of southeast Colorado’s most sought-out fisheries, with high catch rates on largemouth and smallmouth bass and a big walleye habitat.

Skaguay Reservoir: A more remote spot near Victor. Trout stocked in the 114-acre reservoir, with a trail leading down to Beaver Creek, a peaceful setting for small stream fishing.

Spinney Mountain Reservoir: A getaway reached off U.S. 24 and a world-class destination. Try scoring the lunkers prized by serious anglers.

Twin Lakes: Whether you draw a trophy trout, you won’t regret spending the day by the sparkling bodies of water framed by the peaks near Independence Pass.

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