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Important Note: Anyone ages 18-64 MUST purchase a Habitat Stamp in order to buy or apply for a preference point or for a hunting or fishing license.


 

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CPW to Maintain Current Spearfishing Regulations
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will maintain current spearfishing regulations and will not be sending any proposed regulation changes to the Parks and Wildlife Commission at this time. 

Recent public Angler Roundtable meetings were held in each CPW region where the topic of spearfishing was discussed in depth. These meetings have been recorded for your review. We encourage you to watch the videos below for general updates from waters across the state as well as a fuller view of all proposed fishing regulations and changes, including the spearfishing conversation.

Topic: Northwest Region Aquatic Updates and Reg Changes

Topic: Southwest Region Angler Roundtable
  
Topic: Southeast Region Angler Roundtable

Topic: Northeast Region Angler Roundtable

CPW thanks the public for participating in these public meetings. 

Colorado Fishing​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​​Fishing in Colorado equals opportunities to catch some 35 speci​es 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 reservoir​s. 

NEW: 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.​​​​​

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Fishing app icon​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 a​t CPW Fishing App​​.

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Match the Hatch app icon​Try the New 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.

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Colorado Fishing Atlas

An interactive mapping tool offered by CPW that allows users to search for fishing opportunities by species or proximity to your home or destination.

Colorado Outdoors Annual Fishing Guide

2020 fishing guide coverColorado Outdoors, ​​CPW's magazine, is a valuable planning resource for anglers and hunters. The Fishing guide is available free with a subscription or you can buy just this issue. Order the​ Fishing Guide today! Purchase an annual subscription to Colorado Outdoors magazine onli​ne, or call: 1-800-417-8986.​

The Fishing Guide comes out annually in June.


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