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Plan your next fishing trip on a Colorado Quality Water!​

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is excited to announce a new category of fishable waters that our talented team of fish management biologists has identified and nominated based on their fish sampling records, creel surveys, and professional biological assessments. The list is called Colorado Quality Waters. These waters are below the threshold to be considered Gold Medal, but t​hey are recognized because of their fantastic and diverse fisheries.

Learn more about Colorado​ Quality ​Waters.​​


Colorado's Newest Gold Medal Waters

Years of consideration and conservation work all led to a golden moment for two pristine rivers in central Colorado.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission recently welcomed the Gunnison and Taylor Rivers as the newest Gold Medal trout fisheries in the state.

Learn more about the Watch the video or read more about the new Gold Medal Waters designation.



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My CPW is the official mobile app for CPW’s license and pass purchasing website and includes access to: A list of active products on your account, CPWShop mobile purchases, links to fishing reports, PDFs of the most recent brochures, and more (available to residents and nonresidents). Download from Apple App Store or Google Play.

Colorado Fishing​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​​Fishing in Colorado equals opportunities to catch some 35 speci​es of warm-water and cold-water fish. You can fish for a rainbow trout in a cool Rocky Mountain stream or troll for walleye on a sunny plains reservoir. Colorado offers everything in between, too. Choose to fish anywhere in 6,000 miles of streams and more than 1,300 lakes and reservoir​s. 

Annual fishing licenses are valid March 1 through March 31 (13 months). CPW provides a range of options for anglers from the annual fishing license to the one-day fishing license. ​Youth under age 16 fish for free.​ Buy a fishing license today​!​​​​​ ​​​​ 

CPW provides opportunities to learn how to fish ​throughout the season​. Check the calendar​ for upcoming clinics.​​​​​

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Colorado Fishing Atlas

An interactive mapping tool offered by CPW that allows users to search for fishing opportunities by species or proximity to your home or destination.

Colorado Outdoors Annual Fishing Guide just $5.50

2023 fishing guide coverColorado Outdoors, ​​CPW's magazine, is a valuable planning resource for anglers and hunters. The Fishing guide is available free with a subscription or you can buy just this issue. Order the​ Fishing Guide today! Purchase an annual subscription to Colorado Outdoors magazine onli​ne, or call: 1-800-417-8986.​

The Fishing Guide normally comes out annually in June.