Among the plethora of activities to participate in during Colorado summers, fishing is one of the most popular. With endless locations to fish, anglers can find many spots to pull in that trophy catch. Once you have your rod, reel, tackle and waders packed up you need one more thing to complete your kit…a fishing license! This will give you access to more than 6,000 miles of rivers and lakes to catch one of 35 species of fish Colorado has to offer.
Issued by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Division, license fees are used to maintain hatcheries and stocking, conservation and disease prevention and other programs to encourage fishing participation so your hard-earned money is going towards protecting your ability to enjoy these places. Lack of a valid license can result in a citation and a monetary fine.
They offer many options from a single day pass to an annual. Please refer to the chart below to find out which one is the best fit for you.
There are many options for purchasing your license, the easiest is online through the CPW website. You can also call them directly at 1-800-244-5613. If you’d like to speak with a professional regarding current conditions and hatches, stopping into your local fly-fishing shop is probably your best bet. Not only can they assist you in purchasing your license, they can also steer you in the right direction for what kind of fishing you are looking for. Once you purchase, make sure you also grab a copy of current regulations and restrictions for the area you are heading to; from daily limits to size limits this pamphlet will keep you up to date.
Fishing can be a relaxing and rewarding pastime and your pass is affordable for the amount of fun to be had! By purchasing a license, you are not only supporting the Colorado Parks and Wildlife but are giving back to the protection of these beautiful fisheries. Buying is simple and convenient. So, buy your pass, put on your waders, grab your gear, and go catch a fish!