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Boat Inspection Update

Boat InspectionBoaters! Please remember to get your green seals before launching this spring, and always remember to have them applied upon leaving your favorite reservoirs.  Green seals and valid receipts together tell us where your boat has been, and make the entrance inspection easier and faster the next time you launch. View a list of open waters and inspection hours.

As with last year, boats with ballast tanks, inboards and inboard/outboard engines will need to get a green seal and receipt when exiting a reservoir or the boat will be decontaminated when entering a new water body, so be sure to ask for that seal and receipts every time!

2014 Update: Valid Seals and Receipts will be accepted this year in both Wyoming (brown seals) and New Mexico (yellow seals), and our inspectors here in Colorado will accept a valid receipt and seal from WY and NM this year.

No water, no mud, no plants, no mussels in between each and every use!​

San Luis Valley Reservoir Closed for Repairs

SOUTH FORK, Colo. – The reservoir at the Beaver Creek Reservoir State Wildlife Area has been drained to accommodate dam repairs and the area is now closed. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials expect that the reservoir will be open again and fish will be restocked early in 2015.

While Beaver Creek is closed, anglers can find plenty of good fishing at other reservoirs in the San Luis Valley, including: Million, Smith, Mountain Home, Road Canyon, Rio Grande, Big Meadows, and Alberta Park reservoirs, Tucker Ponds and Brown Lakes. Public fishing access on the Rio Grande is also available at the Coller, Del Norte and Creede state wildlife areas. To locate the above waters, use the Colorado Fishing Atlas.

Upcoming Fishing Events

CPW Fishing Videos

Releasing a Fish Safely

In order to maintain the quality of all fisheries, we rely on anglers to follow bag limits and to limit hooking mortality. There are several steps anglers can take when releasing a fish that helps ensure the fish survives being caught and therefore limiting their impact on the fishery. To learn the best way to release a fish, please watch the video below.


Fly Fishing Colorado - Drakes in the Dark


Fly fishing the Green Drake hatch on the Roaring Fork River in Downtown Glenwood Springs, CO. This months video is included in the Fly Fishing Colorado video series. A feature length video journal highlighting major fly-fishing events and top destinations throughout the state. Fly fishermen of all skill levels will benefit from this comprehensive look at Colorado’s year-round fly-fishing opportunities. Each monthly entry is filled with action at recommended destinations, fly-fishing techniques, major insect hatches and proven fly patterns. 

In addition to watching clips online, you can also purchase "Fly Fishing Colorado" in a DVD format. An innovative chapter menu allows the user to navigate quickly through the pages of a fly-fisher's journal for an entire year. The Fly Fishing Colorado DVD is available in our online store!

With spring here,​​ it's time to check out the April fly fishing video! ​Spinney Mountain State Wildlife Area is closed during the winter months. In April, it reopens and trout fisherman line up at the gates

​For more videos, check out the next video in the "Fly Fishing Colorado" series.

Fishing Atlas

Fishing AtlasThe Fishing Atlas provides a host of information, including driving directions, stocking details, and locations of the nearest license retailer. To view the Colorado Fishing Atlas, click here, and the atlas will open in a separate window. Once the atlas is open, you can zoom in or out, or click on the location to display detailed information. Feel free to play around with the options on the far left of the atlas for other types of information and displays. Any questions or feedback are greatly appreciated. Contact us at Thanks, from the fishing report crew.