What is a Colorado Fishing License?
Colorado offers some of the best places to fly fish in the nation, and we owe it to our Parks and Wildlife service to help keep rivers, lakes, and streams stocked with healthy fish. One of the ways we help fund these programs is through fees collected by purchasing a Colorado fishing license.
The Colorado Fish and Wildlife division split up all fees collected from Colorado fishing licenses between the state’s seven regions, which are used for fish and wildlife conservation programs for that area. Purchasing a Colorado fishing license can help protect Colorado fisheries from future declines in fish populations.
In order to fish in Colorado, you must have a valid Colorado fishing license at all times. Fishing without a Colorado fishing license could result in a fine of up to $1000.
How to get Colorado Fishing License
To purchase a license, please visit local supply store, online or by phone (800) 244-5613.
To purchase online, visit cpwshop.com. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you purchase your Colorado fly fishing license online, an electronic copy will be emailed or mailed to you depending on the method of payment that was provided.
You can also review the upcoming fishing season and license fees page of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website, here: https://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/FishingSeasonDatesFees.aspx
Typically, Colorado fishing licenses can be purchased from March 1st through March 31st of the following year. An additional Habitat Stamp may also be required for the first license purchased for that year.
The Colorado fly fishing license fees change year to year. The Parks and Wildlife division have a website that lists up to date pricing information for these licenses, and can be viewed here: https://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/FishingSeasonDatesFees.aspx
If you plan on fly fishing throughout the year, purchasing an annual fishing license and paying more than someone who would purchase a one day license will save you money.
Benefits of a Colorado Fishing License
The fishing license not only helps support our local wildlife and parks, but it also grants you access to over 6,000 miles of beautiful and pristine rivers and streams and more than 2,000 reservoirs and lakes.
This will allow you catch a variety of fish including trophy size rainbow trout, brown trout, largemouth bass, yellow perch, walleye pike, and more. With our special fly fishing flies, it will be easy to catch these prized fish.
Some of the listed benefits of a fishing license:
- Thousands of miles of pristine streams and rivers in Colorado.
- Access to over 2,000 lakes and reservoirs throughout the state.
- Well over 30 species of fish to catch including trout, bass, perch, and pike!
- Admittance to more than 1,300 wildlife areas where fishing is permitted.
Check out our Top Fishing Locations and Rivers Reports
If you’re looking for a great place to go Colorado fly fishing, visit our list of top rivers to fly fish in Colorado, as well as check out our updated River Reports.