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Fishing Season Dates & License Fees
Fishing Season Dates & License Fees

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Season Dates & Information

​​​​Annual licenses go on sale March 1. Licenses are valid March 1 through March 31 (13 months) 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 $11.50 ​​ 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.

What's New for 2023: 

Bag and possession limit modified at Rifle Gap Reservoir
Bag, possession and minimum size for walleye is 3, 15 inches long and only 1 walleye longer than 18 inches may be taken per day.

Vallecito Creek regulations updated
Fishing is allowed on Vallecito Creek from the southern boundary of the Weminuche Wilderness downstream to the standing water line of Vallecito Reservoir. The regulation prohibiting fishing from La Plata CR 501 Bridge downstream to Vallecito Reservoir to protect kokanee salmon has been removed.

Gold Medal Water additions
The Taylor River from Taylor Park Reservoir to Almont. The Gunnison River from Almont to U.S. 50 (twin bridges).

2023-2024 ​Fees

​License & Other Fees​ Resident Nonresident
​Annual Habitat Stamp
Only one required per person, ages 18-64, per year buying or applying for a license.
Lifetime Habitat Stamp
​Annual Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Stamp
Required for Motorboat and sailboats ​​
Annual (18-64)$39.71
Senior Annual (65+)
Colorado residents only
Youth (16-17)
Second-rod charge still applies. For youth under 16, see the
Fishing B​ro​chure​.
(same as non-resident adult)
Small Game & Fishing Combination 
Senior Annual Small Game & Fishing Combination ​(65+) 
Colorado residents only
Centennial​ Senior Lifetime Fishing (64+)
Income-eligible Colorado residents only
​​Annual Small Game Upgrade for Senior Lifetime Fishing license holders (65+)

Colorado residents, if you hold a Centennial (income-eligible) Senior Lifetime Fishing License or are a senior that holds a Columbine Lifetime Fishing license, you may purchase a reduced-cost small game license annually. This license allows the holder to exercise all benefits of the license, including using it as a qualifying license for the big game draws.

Second-rod Stamp
Available to anyone who has purchases a fishing license and to any youth under 16

*Customers buying a one-day or additional day license are exempt from the Habitat Stamp fee with the first two of these licenses. The Habitat Stamp fee will be assessed when a third license of this type is purchased.

All license fe​es include a .25 cent search & rescue fee, and a $1.50 Wildlife E​ducation Fund ​​surcharge.