Season Dates & License Information

Colorado's annual licenses go on sale every year on March 1st. These licenses are valid from March 1 through March 31 of the following year, giving anglers 13 months of fishing opportunities. This applies to fishing, combination fishing and hunting, small game, and Colorado waterfowl stamps. You can purchase your licenses from sales agents, CPW offices, online, or by phone at 1-800-244-5613.

With the first hunting or fishing license of the season, you are also required to purchase a $10.59 Habitat Stamp. This stamp is a critical part of Colorado's conservation efforts to maintain and restore habitats.

In Colorado, you are allowed to take fish, amphibians, mollusks, and crustaceans both day and night, year-round unless otherwise specified in the Fishing Regulations Brochure. This brochure is your guide to all the rules and regulations and is available at all CPW Offices and sales agents statewide.

Free Fishing Days

Annually, Colorado offers a Free Fishing Weekend on the first full weekend of June. During these days, anyone can fish without a license, making it a perfect opportunity for those new to the sport or those who want to enjoy fishing in Colorado's vast and varied waters. All other fishing rules and regulations still apply during this weekend, so it's important to be aware of the specific requirements of the waters you plan to fish in. This event encourages people to get outdoors and experience the joy of fishing, contributing to the appreciation and conservation of Colorado's aquatic environments.

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