Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) reminds anglers the 2022-2023 fishing season is officially upon us.
The 2022-2023 fishing license is valid from March 1, 2022, through March 31, 2023. Regulations and pricing for annual, daily and multi-day fishing licenses can be found in the 2022 Colorado Fishing Brochure. For individuals, ages 18 through 64, a $10.59 Habitat Stamp is required with the first license purchase for the year. Youth under age 16 can fish with one rod for free, and CPW provides opportunities throughout the season to learn how to fish.
Coloradans and non-resident visitors can purchase fishing licenses online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613, at your local CPW office, or at any of hundreds of authorized sales agents statewide. CPW does not receive general tax dollars and fishing license sales support for all statewide hatchery and fish-stocking operations.
CPW stocks 90 million fish annually in waters throughout Colorado in order to ensure quality angling opportunities. From warmer waters to mountain streams, Colorado angling opportunities are world-renowned. Funding from fishing license sales may allow for additional public access, community angling grants, and habitat improvements that better support our birds, fish, and other small game.
“CPW biologists and volunteers are already spawning fish to replenish our walleye and saugeye fisheries,” said CPW Aquatic Section Manager Matt Nicholl. “Our hatcheries are also stocking front range waters with trout while water temperatures remain cool for added angling opportunities.”
Whether you enjoy lure fishing, ice fishing, or fly fishing, Colorado provides 27,000 miles of streams and more than 1,300 lakes and reservoirs. Fishing in Colorado provides the possibility of catching 35 species of warm-water and cold-water fish.
Fishing is a great activity to share with family and friends, and the perfect chance to get outside and enjoy Colorado’s natural resources.
“Spring is around the corner and so is the opportunity to get out and enjoy the active, outdoor Colorado lifestyle by going fishing,” said CPW Angler Education Coordinator Andre Egli. “If you are new to fishing there are many classes offered around the state. Classes are available for new anglers, families, or seasoned anglers that want to learn a new technique like fly fishing.”
CPW fishing classes, events, seminars, and tournaments are posted on the Fishing News and Events web page.
When planning your next fishing trip, download the My CPW app. My CPW is the official mobile application for CPW’s license and pass purchasing system, IPAWS, and it is available to all CPW customers (residents and non-residents). My CPW makes purchasing CPW products even easier and allows customers to carry and show proof of purchase of many CPW annual and daily products directly from their phone.
For more information about fishing in Colorado, visit the CPW website at cpw.state.co.us.