Fishing Licenses & Events
NEW Digital Fishing License
Resident fishing licenses are now accessible through myColorado™, the State of Colorado’s official mobile app™! Anglers purchase their licenses the same way they always have, but have the option to display it within the app. Download from Apple App Store or Google Play. Please note: resident small game hunting & fishing combination licenses are not currently able to display using the myColorado app. Learn more: myColorado.gov & FAQ document.
Fishing in Colorado equals opportunities to catch some 35 species 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 reservoirs.
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.
Try the CPW Fishing App
The CPW fishing app is the official fishing app of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, providing you great journaling, learning and scouting capabilities - even with no connection.
Learn more at
CPW Fishing App.
Fly Fishing Match a Hatch App
The match a hatch app is designed to help fly anglers identify the flies that are hatching in Colorado each month and find an appropriate artificial fly to use to fish.
Simply tap on one of the riverfly images that looks closest to what you see on the river to learn more about that fly.