COLORADO FISHING LAWS AND REGULATIONS
Since fishing regulations help protect and preserve fish populations in our state, it is important for every angler to check the current set of regulations before each fishing trip. Each state has its distinct set of regulations, which are often updated seasonally or monthly.
IT’S NOT A FEE, IT’S A CONTRIBUTION
Imagine what lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, or the ocean would be like without fishing regulations in place. Ethical angling practices not only contribute to conservation efforts but also help build a positive angling community. Do your part by learning about fish species, habitats, fishing regulations, and proper fish handling. If you already follow these ethical fishing practices, consider mentoring and sharing this knowledge with new anglers.
FISHING LICENSE INFORMATION
In Colorado, anglers can fish for free during the first full weekend in June each year.
Colorado fishing licenses go on sale starting March 1 and are valid from March 1 through March 31 of each year. Combination fishing and hunting licenses are also available. All anglers age 16 and older must have a license.
A $10.59 Habitat Stamp is required for both residents and nonresidents with the purchase of the first fishing license of the season for anglers aged 18 to 64. Disabled individuals are exempt from the Habitat Stamp requirement.
WHERE TO PURCHASE
Purchase a Colorado fishing license online, through a sales agent, at Colorado Parks & Wildlife offices, or by calling 1-800-244-5613.
For residents aged 18 and older, the Colorado fishing license is $36.71. Seniors aged 65 and older can obtain an annual fishing license for $10.23.
Income-eligible resident seniors can participate in the Centennial Program, which offers a lifetime fishing license for $10.
Residents can purchase a one-day fishing pass for $14.46 and an additional day for $7.05.
Teens aged 16 to 17 can purchase a youth fishing license for $10.23. Anglers under 16 do not need a license.
A second rod stamp is required to use a second fishing rod but does not increase bag limits.
A commercial fishing license is $40. Colorado residents on active duty in the military can fish for 30 days without a license while on leave. Leave papers must be carried while fishing.
Permanently disabled Colorado residents can apply for a free lifetime fishing license. Military veterans with a service-connected disability rating of 60% or more can obtain a lifetime combination small game and fishing license. First responders with a permanent occupational disability can qualify for a combination small game and fishing license through the First Responders Program. Colorado fish and game licenses are also available.
For nonresidents, a Colorado fishing license is $102.40 annually. Licenses are also available for one day for $17.64, five days for $33.53, and additional days for $11.28.