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Breeze Pond a great spot for kids to fish
Breeze Pond stocked annually with rainbow trout
There is no shortage of great places to fish along the Highway 40 corridor in Colorado between Granby and Kremmling. This high mountain area is teeming with opportunities to catch trout; but it's also teeming with people trying to do just that. For a kid just learning to fish, the high-traffic Colorado River can be an intimidating venue.
Just west of the small town of Parshall, the Breeze Pond offers young anglers a sanctuary. This stocked pond was built specifically for children. Adults are welcome, of course, but only to coach and cheer on their charges. It's against regulations for adults to actually fish the pond, which is stocked annually with rainbow trout.
The pond is part of the Kemp Breeze State Wildlife Area, which is maintained by Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW), a state agency charged with managing public lands. Breeze Pond is a short walk from the banks of the Colorado River. The entire Kemp Breeze area is beautiful and offers wildlife viewing as well as nationally renowned fishing.
The fish are "well-educated"
This stretch of the river is designated a Gold Medal trout fishery, meaning there's plenty of big fish to be caught. The designation also means live bait can not be used. Anglers must utilize artificial flies or lures; and any trout caught must be safely returned to the water immediately. It's called Catch-and-Release and it's an environmentally sound way of fishing. Bottom line is, if you're fishing for dinner, avoid Gold Medal waters. (Fish from the Breeze Pond can be kept, but there's a two-fish per angler limit.)
Fly fishing is far more common than spin-casting in this area. Catching fish is a challenge no matter which method you choose, because the fish in these parts are "well educated." That's a result of so many anglers fishing these waters every year. The fish have become very discerning and they're hard to fool. Most fly fishermen love a good challenge, though, and that's what keeps them bringing back to this area.
Fly fishing is an art form
The Breeze Pond is a key training ground for young anglers to be. They can practice their cast, their presentations, and their line-mending techniques without the craziness that can often await them on the river proper, just a few yards away. Fishing the Breeze helps them build their confidence and their style. That's right - fly fishing is an art form, and every artist has their own style.
The Breeze Kemp State Wildlife Area is an ideal place for the family to spend an entire day. Picnic tables are scattered around the area, and there are walking trails that take you through meadows and along the river. Restrooms are available, too, but they're of the "primitive" type.
As with anything else in life, the real allure of the Breeze Pond lies in its location. Just 15 miles west of Granby, the kids' pond is an easy drive from practically anywhere in the northern Colorado region.
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In Pictures: The Kemp Breeze State Wildlife Area
How to get there
The Kemp Breeze State Wildlife Area has two physical locations that families can visit. They're roughly a half mile apart.
To get to the Breeze Unit, travel about 15 miles west of Granby on Highway 40. Look for mile marker 196, just past the small town of Parshall. Turn left a quarter-mile past the marker for parking. The area is marked with signage. Unit is 11.5 miles east of Kremmling.
To get to the Kemp Unit, travel about 14 miles west of Granby on Highway 40. Turn left on County Road 3 and go over the Colorado River bridge. Turn right on the second road or go another 1/2 mile and turn right for parking. Unit is 12 miles east of Kremmling.