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Fishing Season Dates & License Fees
Fishing Season Dates & License Fees
​Fishing License Fees are Changing in 2019

​​With the passage of Senate Bill 18-143​​​, CPW is 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. ​​​​​​​​​​​​

Fishing fees will change with the 2019-2020 season.​ ​Learn more about the approved 2019 fishing license fee adjustments​​ or visit our Future Generations Act Frequently Asked Questions page​ for additional information.​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Season Dates

​​​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 license agents, CPW offices, online or by phone at 1-800-244-5613.

License Dates: April 1 – March 31

​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 license 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.


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.

Annual (16 and older)$26.00$56.00
Small Game & Fishing combo (If born after 1948, you must show hunter education card)$41.00N/A
Senior Annual (64 years and older)
Colorado residents only
2nd Rod Stamp (Available to licensed residents, licensed nonresidents and youth under 16 years, licensed or unlicensed.) $5.00$5.00
Youth (Under 16 - second-rod charge still applies)FreeFree
Fe​es include a .25 cent search & rescue fee, and a .75 cent Wildlife Council​ ​​fee. $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