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Fishing Season Dates & License Fees
Fishing Season Dates & License Fees
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​Fishing License Fees have Changed

 

​​With the passage of Senate Bill 18-143​​​, CPW was 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. ​​​​​​​​​​​​

​Learn more about the approved 2019-2020 fishing license fee adjustments​​ or visit our Future Generations Act Frequently Asked Questions document​ for additional information.​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Season Dates

License Dates: April 1 – March 31

​​​​Annual licenses go on sale mid-march. Licenses are valid April 1 through March 31 annually for fishing, combination fishing and hunting, small game and Colorado waterfowl stamps. Licenses can be purchased at sales agentsCPW officesonline or by phone at 1-800-244-5613.​

Purchase of a $10 Habitat Stamp is also required with the purchase of the first hunting or fishing license of the ​season.

Waters of Colorado are open to taking fish, amphibians, mollusks and crustaceans both day and night, year-round, except as otherwise provided in the Fishing Regulations Brochure. A hardcopy of the brochure is available at all CPW Offices and sales agents statewide.

​Free Fishing Days

You can fish in Colorado without a license only on the first full weekend of June, each year. All other rules and regulations apply.

2019-2020 ​Fees

For individuals aged 18 through 64, a $10 Habitat Stamp is required with the first license purchase for the year (April 1 - March 31 annually). For more information, read about the Habitat Stamp. If you are disabled, you may not need a Habitat Stamp. See disability information.

License & Other Fees​ Resident Nonresident
​Annual Aquatic Nuisance Species ​(ANS) Stamp​​$25.00​​$50.00​
Annual (18 and older)$34.75$96.75
Small Game & Fishing combo (If born after 1948, you must show hunter education card)$49.75N/A
Senior Annual (65 years and older)
Colorado residents only
$9.75N/A
Senior Low Income Lifetime Fishing License (65 and older)
Colorado residents only
​$9.75​N/A
Five-dayN/A$31.75
One-day$13.75$16.75
​Additional-day​$6.75​​$6.75
2nd Rod Stamp (Available to licensed residents, licensed nonresidents and youth under 16 years, licensed or unlicensed.) $10.75$10.75
Youth (16-17)
Second-rod charge still applies. For youth under 16, see the Fishing Brochure​.
$9.​75N/A
(same as non-resident adult)
Fe​es include a .25 cent search & rescue fee, and a $1.50 Wildlife Education Fund​ ​​surcharge. A $10 Habitat Stamp will be added to 1st license purchase of the year (April 1 to March 31).

Options for purchasing licenses and a Habitat Stamp