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Commercial Fishing

A valid commercial fishing license is required to take or possess bait fish, amphibians, or crustaceans for commercial purposes in the state of Colorado. Before you bait your hooks and cast your nets, make sure to read the information below to find out the commercial fishing license requirements for CO.

1: Get Started with Online Application Services

Online application assistance can simplify and streamline the process for many Colorado fishing-related services, including information on obtaining a new fishing license, fishing regulations in your state and fishing safety courses. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from different Colorado fishing organizations, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide specific to your needs, fast answers to tough questions and prompt service from a friendly staff.

2: Via the CO Parks & Wildlife Division

If you prefer to access additional material on Colorado fishing services and regulations, visit a state-specific online resource for extra support.




Colorado Commercial Fishing License

A valid commercial fishing license is required to take or possess bait fish, amphibians, or crustaceans for commercial purposes. Applications for licenses are available from the Special Licensing Division of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Licenses issued by the Division can be restricted to specific waters, specific bag limits and times designated by the Division. For more information, please click here.

Purchasing a Colorado Commercial Fishing License

To apply for a Colorado Commercial fishing license, the fee is $40, and expires 12/31 in year of issuance. To apply for a license, you can apply in person or mail your application along with the fee to the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Special Licensing Division. For more information, please call 303-291-7143.