Fishing in Colorado means opportunity and a chance to catch some 35 species of both warm- and cold-water fish. You can fish for the famed rainbow trout in a cool Rocky Mountain stream or troll for walleye on a sunny plains reservoir. And Colorado offers everything in between, too. There are 6,000 miles of streams and more than 2,000 lakes and reservoirs to choose from.
An annual license is good April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018. CPW provides a range of options for anglers from the annual fishing license to the one-day fishing license. Youth under age 16 can fish for free. Buy a fishing license today
CPW provides opportunities throughout the season to learn how to fish. Check upcoming clinics, check the
Win fishing gear and/or big dollars!
- NO entry fees for either tournament!
- Families, experienced anglers, novice anglers, and kids are all welcome!
Anglers, test your skills. How many smallmouth bass and northern pike can you catch?
- Ridgway State Park
July 7-30, Smallmouth Bass Only
- Elkhead Reservoir
June 24-July 2
Find out more about these tournaments on the
2017 Fishing Tournaments page.
Twenty Dollar Reward for Each Northern Pike Caught at Green Mountain Reservoir
Initiated in 2016, the reward program encourages anglers to participate directly in ongoing efforts to remove the illegally introduced predators from the reservoir near Silverthorne and Kremmling.
"Northern pike are aggressive predators with big appetites and if their population continues to grow in Green Mountain Reservoir, that will likely have profound impacts to local fisheries in the future," said CPW's Jon Ewert, aquatic biologist from Hot Sulphur Springs. "This is beneficial in several ways. Anglers can catch a predatory fish and earn some money, it helps us protect fishing here, and helps with our native fish recovery efforts as well.”
More information: Read the
news release and
Green Mountain Reservoir Fish Survey and Management Data.