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The Mountain-Prairie Region


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228


Building 121, Commerce City, CO 80022


 May 11, 2005                                  Contact: Sherry James, (303) 289-0659

 Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Hosts Fishing Fever on May 14; Anglers of All Abilities Welcome to Visit Arsenal for a Day of Fishing-Related Fun 

What:              Fishing Fever, a free, family-oriented event featuring a wide variety of fishing and wildlife-related activities, ranging from fly-tying, casting and fish handling techniques to wildlife-viewing tours and childrenís environmental education exhibits.  A limited amount of fishing tackle will be available for loan. 

                        Refuge lakes will be open to catch-and-release (barbless hook) fishing from 9 am to 3 pm.  Anglers age 16 must have a valid Colorado State Fishing License.  

Who:                U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and Leadville National Fish Hatchery); Colorado Division of Wildlife; Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Society;  Raptor Rehabilitation Center; Sportsmenís Warehouse; Dickís Sporting Goods; 1 on 1 Fishing Experience; Fish Art Taxidermy. 

When:             Saturday, May 14, from 9 am to 3 pm.  Entrance gate will open to the public at 8:30 am.  

Where:           Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Commerce                        City, Colorado South Gate entrance, 56th Avenue and Havana                         Street.  Visitors will be directed to event parking.  

Visuals:          Public fishing and fishing-related activities, including kidsí                         fishing.  Wildlife, including mule deer, raptors, prairie dogs, and                         coyotes.  National Wildlife Refuge System National Fish                          Hatchery System  and Colorado Division of Wildlife fish tank                         displays.  Latest in fishing gear and technology; live animals for                          photographing. 

Interviews:        Fish and Wildlife Service personnel; general public.