The Colorado fishing regulations reflect the state’s diverse range of waters and ecosystems. High mountains trout, cold rivers, pike, warm water carp, bass and plenty of other opportunities are present.Buy a License
Colorado Fishing License Costs
|1-16||No license required. Must observe all limits and regulations.||No license required. Must observe all limits and regulations.|
|16-17||Fishing License Only ($9 for One-day, $5 for each additional-day or $26 for the full season).||Fishing License Only ($26 for Five-day or $56 for the full season).|
|18-63||Habitat Stamp ($10) + Fishing license ($9 for one-day, $5 for each additional-day or $26 for the full season). 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 fee will be assessed when a third license of this type is purchased.||Habitat Stamp ($10) + Fishing license ($26 for Five-day or $56 for the full season).|
|64+||Fishing license only ($1 for full season).||Fishing license only ($26 for Five-day or $56 for the full season).|
Special License Requirements:
Second Rod Stamp ($5) – Anglers can use a second rod, hand line or tip-up by purchasing a second-rod stamp. One stamp is allowed per season and is nontransferable. A second-rod stamp does not entitle an angler to an additional bag limit.
- Those with disability licenses must purchase a stamp if fishing with a second line.
- A second-rod stamp is not required when only using trotlines or jugs.
- Youths under 16 must have and carry with them a second-rod stamp if fishing with a second line.
Colorado General Fishing Regulations:
See “Special Regulations” below for exceptions.
|Species||Daily Bag Limit||Posession Limit|
|Trout, Arctic Char, Grayling, Salmon
includes brook, cutbow, cutthroat, golden, lake, rainbow, splake, and tiger
8 inches long or less
(in addition to trout limit above)
|Walleye, Saugeye, Sauger
statewide, in aggregate
|Bass: Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted
|Bass: White, Striped, Wiper
|Catfish: Channel, Flathead, Blue
|Crappie: White, Black
Hybrid Bluegrill, Green Sunfish, Redear Sunfish, Pumpkinseed Sunfish
West of Continental Divide
East of Continental Divide
at least 36 inches long
|Northern Pike, Whitefish, Bullhead||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Aquatic Tiger, Salamander Larvae||50||50|
|General Fishing Season|
|Colorado waters are open to taking fish day and night, year round, except if otherwise stated.|
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