Sports and Recreation
April 9, 2013From: Aurora Parks And Recreation
Aurora, CO - It’s your chance to win an extremely ‘grand’ prize! one contestant in the annual Aurora Reservoir Trout Tournament will walk away $10,000 richer. Dozens of others will compete for thousands of dollars in other prizes.
On the day of the tournament, anglers from across the metro and beyond will arrive at Aurora Reservoir, located east of E-470 and south of Quincy Ave. on Powhaton Rd., with fishing boats, rods, reels, waders and a hopeful spirit in tow. Contestants will vie to catch the biggest trout, based on weight, beginning at 5:30 a.m. when the reservoir opens. All state fishing laws are in effect for the contest and a bag limit of two trout is observed at Aurora Reservoir.
“Hundreds of people arrive on the morning of the event knowing that someone will walk away with ten-thousand dollars. You catch the heaviest trout, you get the check. It’s that simple,” event organizer Justin Clark, with the Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department said. “We have developed a fishing tournament that is unique in Colorado and rare nation-wide.” Clark notes that the $10,000 prize is generated from tournament registration fees.
Prizes for both youth and adult divisions include gift cards at local outdoor retailers, fishing poles and other equipment for anglers. Registration fees are $40 for adults and youth competing for the $10,000 grand prize; and the fee for youth NOT competing for the $10,000 grand prize is only $25. Registration fee includes entry into the park for the day.
Boaters will be required to pass an inspection for Aquatic Invasive Species before entering the water and an annual $10 Watercraft Access Pass is required. Inspections and Watercraft Access Passes are required for all vessels including belly boats and pontoon boats. Gas motors are not allowed at Aurora Reservoir. Boaters are strongly encouraged to visit the reservoir prior to the tournament for a boat inspection and to obtain a Watercraft Access Pass. Upon inspection boats will be sealed; however, if the seal is broken or tampered with, an additional inspection will be required.
Date and Time: Saturday, May 18 at 5:30 a.m.
Venue: Aurora Reservoir, 5800 S. Powhaton Road
The fishing contest will be capped at 850 entries and registrations are already pouring in. Register online at www.auroragov.org/reservoirs. For more information call 303-690-1286 or visit the Aurora Reservoir, 5800 S. Powhaton Rd.