Threatened, Endangered & Nongame Species: In Colorado, if you catch threatened, endangered, or nongame species, they must be immediately returned to the water. It is illegal to take or possess species like Arkansas darter, bluehead sucker, bonytail chub, boreal toad, and many others listed.

Reading the Limits Chart: Statewide limits for species are listed in a specific chart. Species not on this chart have no bag or possession limits or are restricted or illegal to take. Check the "Special Conditions and Restrictions" and "Special Regulations: Fishing Waters" sections for detailed information about specific waters.

Fishing in State Parks & National Parks: Fishing is permitted in most of Colorado’s state parks and national parks. Check the CPW Park Finder for additional entrance fees and restrictions. National parks may have different bag limits and regulations, so it's crucial to check the specific regulations for the area you plan to fish.

Daily Bag Limit: The daily bag limit is the maximum number of fish you can take in a day. This includes fish kept on a stringer, in a container, or live well, and those not returned to the same water immediately.

Possession Limit: The possession limit is the maximum number of fish allowed at any time, including those being transported, at home, or in storage. Transporting live fish without proper permits is prohibited.

Map: Wiper/White Bass and Walleye/Saugeye Bag Limits: This section details the daily bag and possession limits for specific areas on the map, particularly focusing on the Arkansas and South Republican River drainages and the South Platte and North Republican drainages. It's important to refer to the Statewide Limits chart for detailed information.

Colorado Fishing Season Bag & Possession Limits

Statewide Fishing Limits for Colorado

Trout, Arctic Char, Grayling, Salmon, Mountain Whitefish (except kokanee): The daily bag limit is 4, with a possession limit of 8. This aggregate limit includes brook, brown, cutbow, cutthroat, golden, lake, rainbow, splake, and tiger trout.

Brook Trout (8 inches long or less): These are permitted in addition to the trout limit above, with a daily and possession limit of 10.

Kokanee Salmon (angling, snagging, or archery): The limit for Kokanee salmon is a daily bag and possession limit of 10.

Walleye, Saugeye, Sauger (statewide, in aggregate): The limits are set at a daily bag and possession limit of 5. However, in Arkansas and South Fork of Republican River drainages, the limit increases to 10.

Bass: Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted (in aggregate): West of the Continental Divide, the limit for smallmouth bass is 5 daily and 5 in possession, with unlimited limits for largemouth and spotted bass. East of the Divide, all three are aggregated with the same limits.

Bass: White, Striped, Wiper (statewide, in aggregate): These fish have a daily bag and possession limit of 10, which increases to 20 in Arkansas and South Fork of Republican River drainages.

Catfish: Channel, Flathead, Blue (in aggregate): The limit is 10 for both daily bag and possession.

Crappie: White, Black (in aggregate): Both types have a daily bag and possession limit of 20.

Sunfish Varieties (Bluegill, Hybrid Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Redear Sunfish, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, in aggregate): There is a limit of 20 for both daily bag and possession.

Yellow Perch: Unlimited daily and possession limits west of the Continental Divide and a 20 fish limit east of the Divide.

Tiger Muskie (at least 36 inches long): The limit is 1 for both daily bag and possession.

Northern Pike, Bullhead: Both species have unlimited daily bag and possession limits.

Speckled Dace, Sculpin (West of Continental Divide in aggregate): The limit is 20 for both daily and possession, but unlimited east of the Continental Divide.

Crayfish (Crawdads), Bullfrogs: There are unlimited daily bag and possession limits for these species.

Aquatic Tiger Salamander Larvae (gilled and less than 5 inches long): The limit is 50 for both daily bag and possession.

These limits are set to ensure sustainable fishing practices and species conservation across Colorado's diverse aquatic habitats. Always verify the current regulations and any specific area restrictions before fishing.

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