Fishing Licenses & Events
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 through March 31. 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.
Win big dollars!
No entry fees. Families, experienced anglers, novice anglers and all kids are welcome!
Test your skills. How many smallmouth bass and northern pike you can catch?
Elkhead Reservoir, June 22-June 30
Ridgway State Park, July 6-27, Smallmouth Bass Only
Find out more about these tournaments on the 2019 Fishing Tournaments page.
Fishing License Fees Changed in 2019
With the passage of
Senate Bill 18-143, CPW is able to adjust pricing to meet the pressures of increased management costs and resource usage across the state. These adjustments allow the agency to continue our conservation mission, while also ensuring transparency and accountability in working to achieve the ten key goals laid out in the bill.
Fishing fees changed on January 1. Learn more about the approved
2019 fishing fee adjustments or visit the Future Generations Act Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information.
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.
Try the CPW Fishing App
The CPW fishing app 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.
Try the New Match a Hatch App
The match a hatch app is designed to help fly anglers identify the flies that are hatching in Colorado each month and find an appropriate artificial fly to use to fish.
Simply tap on one of the riverfly images that looks closest to what you see on the river to learn more about that fly.