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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Colorado Fishing​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
​​Fishing in Colorado means opportunity and a chance to catch some 35 species of both warm- and cold-water fish. You can fish for the famed rainbow trout in a cool Rocky Mountain stream or troll for walleye on a sunny plains reservoir. And Colorado offers everything in between, too. There are 6,000 miles of streams and more than 2,000 lakes and reservoir​s to choose from. 

An annual license is good April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018. CPW provides a range of options for anglers from the annual fishing license to the one-day fishing license. ​Youth under age 16 can fish for free.​ Buy a fishing license today​!​​​​​ ​​​​
CPW provides opportunities throughout the season to learn how to fish. Check upcoming clinics, check the calendar​.
2017 fishing tournaments

​Win fishing gear​​ and/or big dollars​!

  • NO entry fees for either tournament!
  • Families, experienced anglers, novice anglers, and kids are all welcome!​

Anglers, test your skills. How many smallmouth bass and northern pike can you catch? 


  • ​Ridgway State Park 
    July 7-30, Smallmouth Bass Only
  • Elkhead Reservoir
    June 24-July 2

Find out more about​​ these tournaments on the 2017 Fishing Tournaments page.​​​​​


Northern PikeTwenty Dollar Reward for Each Northern Pike Caught at Green Mountain Reservoir​

​​Initiated in 2016, the reward program encourages anglers to participate directly in ongoing efforts to remove the illegally introduced predators from the reservoir near Silverthorne and Kremmling.

"Northern pike are aggressive predators with big appetites and if their population continues to grow in Green Mountain Reservoir, that will likely have profound impacts to local fisheries in the future," said CPW's Jon Ewert, aquatic biologist from Hot Sulphur Springs. "This is beneficial in several ways. Anglers can catch a predatory fish and earn some money, it helps us protect fishing here, and helps with our native fish recovery efforts as well.”

More information:  Read the news release and Green Mountain Reservoir Fish Survey and Management Data​.



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 Awards & Records

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​​There is good news for accomplished Colorado anglers who are looking for a little recognition. Colorado Parks and Wildlife recognizes licensed anglers who catch exceptionally large fish through two separate programs.

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 Colorado Fishing Atlas

An interactive mapping tool offered by CPW that allows users to search for fishing opportunities by species or proximity to your home or destination.

 Colorado Outdoors Fishing Guide​

2016 fishing guide coverColorado Outdoors, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s magazine, is a valuable planning resource for anglers and hunters. The Fishing guide is available free with a subscription to Colorado Outdoors. Order th​e Fishing Guide today! Purchase an annual subscription to Colorado Outdoors magazine online, or call: 1-800-417-8986.​