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

Fishing License Accommodations

As of Monday March 23, our Licensing vendor is experiencing significant delays in fulfillment of CPW products due to “shelter in place” orders related to COVID-19. This means they are currently backlogged in printing and mailing licenses, passes or other CPW products. In response to these delays, we will be allowing customers to use a TAN (Temporary Authorization Number) for proof of privilege for most of our products at this time. This includes fishing and combination small game and fishing licenses. We have also temporarily extended the timeframe for which a TAN is valid from 14 days to 45 days

For the most up to date information on how CPW is responding to COVID-19, visit the COVID-19 Response page.

Season Dates

New in 2020: License Dates valid March 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021 (13 months)

​​​​Annual licenses go on sale March 1. Licenses are valid March 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.

2020-2021 ​Fees

For individuals aged 18 through 64, a $10 Habitat Stamp is required with the first license purchase for the year (March 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 Habitat Stamp​​$10.13​​$10.13​
Annual (18+)$35.17
Small Game & Fishing Combination (If born after 1948, you must show hunter education card)$50.37
Senior Annual (65+)
Colorado residents only
Senior Low Income Lifetime Fishing (65+)
Colorado residents only
​​Senior Lifetime Fishing Upgrade (65+) NEW

If you hold a lifetime senior low-income fishing license or are a senior disability lifetime license holder, 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.

  • Colorado residents only
  • Valid only for Senior Lifetime Disability and Senior Low Income Lifetime Fishing license holders
Senior Annual Small Game & Fishing Combination ​(65+) NEW
Colorado residents only
2nd Rod Stamp (Available to licensed residents, licensed nonresidents and youth under 16 years, licensed or unlicensed.) $10.87
Youth (16-17)
Second-rod charge still applies. For youth under 16, see the Fishing Brochure​.
(same as non-resident adult)
​Annual Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Stamp*$25.00​​$50.00

Fe​es include a .25 cent search & rescue fee, and a $1.50 Wildlife Education Fund​ ​​surcharge. A $10.13 Habitat Stamp will be added to 1st license purchase of the year (April 1 to March 31).

* Motorboat and sailboat owners are required to purchase the ANS Stamp and operators must retain proof of purchase (electronic or printed receipt) on his or her person, the motorboat or sailboat, when operating the vessel (C.R.S. 33-10.5-104.5). 

Options for purchasing licenses and a Habitat Stamp