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Fishing Season Dates & License Fees
Fishing Season Dates & License Fees
​Fishing License Fees have Changed


​​With the passage of Senate Bill 18-143​​​, CPW was able to adjust pricing to meet the pressures of increased management costs and resource usage across the state. These adjustments allow the agency to continue our​ conservation mission, while also ensuring transparency and accountability in working to achieve the ten key goals laid ou​t in the bill. ​​​​​​​​​​​​

​Learn more about the approved 2019-2020 fishing license fee adjustments​​ or visit our Future Generations Act Frequently Asked Questions document​ for additional information.​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Season Dates

License Dates: April 1 – March 31

​​​​Annual licenses go on sale mid-march. Licenses are valid April 1 through March 31 annually for fishing, combination fishing and hunting, small game and Colorado waterfowl stamps. Licenses can be purchased at sales agentsCPW officesonline or by phone at 1-800-244-5613.​

Purchase of a $10 Habitat Stamp is also required with the purchase of the first hunting or fishing license of the ​season.

Waters of Colorado are open to taking fish, amphibians, mollusks and crustaceans both day and night, year-round, except as otherwise provided in the Fishing Regulations Brochure. A hardcopy of the brochure is available at all CPW Offices and sales agents statewide.

​Free Fishing Days

You can fish in Colorado without a license only on the first full weekend of June, each year. All other rules and regulations apply.

2019-2020 ​Fees

For individuals aged 18 through 64, a $10 Habitat Stamp is required with the first license purchase for the year (April 1 - March 31 annually). For more information, read about the Habitat Stamp. If you are disabled, you may not need a Habitat Stamp. See disability information.

License & Other Fees​ Resident Nonresident
​Annual Aquatic Nuisance Species ​(ANS) Stamp​​$25.00​​$50.00​
Annual (18 and older)$34.75$96.75
Small Game & Fishing combo (If born after 1948, you must show hunter education card)$49.75N/A
Senior Annual (65 years and older)
Colorado residents only
Senior Low Income Lifetime Fishing License (65 and older)
Colorado residents only
2nd Rod Stamp (Available to licensed residents, licensed nonresidents and youth under 16 years, licensed or unlicensed.) $10.75$10.75
Youth (16-17)
Second-rod charge still applies. For youth under 16, see the Fishing Brochure​.
(same as non-resident adult)
Fe​es include a .25 cent search & rescue fee, and a $1.50 Wildlife Education Fund​ ​​surcharge. A $10 Habitat Stamp will be added to 1st license purchase of the year (April 1 to March 31).

Options for purchasing licenses and a Habitat Stamp