Fishing Licenses & Events
Important Note: Anyone ages 18-64 MUST
purchase a Habitat Stamp in order to buy or apply for a preference point or for a hunting or fishing license
Fishing in Colorado equals opportunities to catch some 35 species of warm-water and cold-water fish. You can fish for a rainbow trout in a cool Rocky Mountain stream or troll for walleye on a sunny plains reservoir. Colorado offers everything in between, too. Choose to fish anywhere in 6,000 miles of streams and more than 1,300 lakes and reservoirs.
Annual fishing licenses are valid April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019. CPW provides a range of options for anglers from the annual fishing license to the one-day fishing license. Youth under age 16 fish for free. Buy a fishing license today!
CPW provides opportunities to learn how to fish throughout the season. Check the
calendar for upcoming clinics.
Need help buying a license?
To learn more about creating an account, or how to buy a fishing license in our new integrated purchasing system, please visit our
online purchasing FAQs page.
Win big dollars!! NO entry fees for either tournament! Anglers, test your skills. How many smallmouth bass and northern pike can you catch?
- Elkhead Reservoir Fishing Classic Tournament: JUNE 23 - JULY 1
- Ridgway State Park Tournament (Smallmouth bass only): JULY 7-28
Find out more on the
Try the new CPW Fishing App
Seeking a new location to drop a line? Want a central location to record your latest catches? Can’t remember the walleye limit at Cherry Creek Reservoir while you’re ON Cherry Creek Reservoir?
CPW Fishing has you covered. CPW Fishing is the official fishing app of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, providing you great journaling, learning and scouting capabilities - even with no connection. Learn more at CPW Fishing App.