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​​​Fishing Licenses & Events


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Habitat Stamp

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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.


 

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Colorado Fishing​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​​Fishing in Colorado equals opportunities to catch some 35 speci​es 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 reservoir​s. 

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.​​​

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Fishing tournaments adWin 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?

 ​​Tournaments

  • Ridgway State Park, July 6-27, Smallmouth Bass Only
  • HAS ENDED: Elkhead Reservoir, June 22-June 30

Find out more about these tournaments on the 2019 Fishing Tournaments page.

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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 ou​t in the bill. ​​​​​​​​​​​​

Fishing fees changed on January 1. Learn more about the approved 2019 fish​​ing fe​e adjustments​​ or visit the Future Generations Act Frequently Asked Questions page​ for additional information.

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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​.​

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Fishing app icon​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 a​t CPW Fishing App​​.

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Match the Hatch app icon​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.

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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 Annual Fishing Guide

2018 fishing guide coverColorado Outdoors, ​​CPW's magazine, is a valuable planning resource for anglers and hunters. The Fishing guide is available free with a subscription or you can buy just this issue. Order th​e Fishing Guide today! Purchase an annual subscription to Colorado Outdoors magazine onli​ne, or call: 1-800-417-8986.​

The Fishing Guide comes out annually in June.


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