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We've compiled a plethora of information you'll need to know before baiting your hook, or reeling in your first fish in Colorado waters. Read on to find out about Colorado fishing regulations, obtaining a Colorado fishing license, permit and more when fishing in the state of Colorado. We're your source and guide for Colorado fishing licenses.

Colorado Fishing License Cost

In order to fish recreationally in Colorado waters, you have to purchase a Colorado Fishing License to legally fish in the state. Read more

Colorado Habitat Stamp

Purchases of the Habitat Stamp provide the key funds for the Colorado Wildlife Habitat Protection Program. In Colorado, most individuals in order to legally fish in the state, will be required to get a Habitat Stamp.. Read more

Colorado Commercial Fishing License Cost

A valid commercial fishing license is required to take or possess bait fish, amphibians, or crustaceans for commercial purposes. To learn more, including the application fee,  Read more

Colorado Fishing Gear

Before you get out in Colorado waters, you'll want to make sure you have the proper gear to haul in that big catch of the day. We've listed some gear suggestions to help make your Colorado fishing more fun and less frustrating!  Read more

Colorado Fishing Destinations

Heading to Colorado on a fishing vacation? Be sure to make the most out of your excursion by choosing the right fishing destination. Read more


We've put together a Colorado Fishing Packet to assist you with the Colorado fishing license process, as well as offer you helpful information on a myriad of fishing-related topics.

Click here to access the Colorado Fishing License Checklist and Forms Packet.

  1. You should always know the good fishing spots in your area. Visit and input your location to find the hottest fishing spots in your area.
  2. Make sure you have a good fishing pole. It can make the difference between "the catch of your life" and "the one that got away".
  3. If you want to catch a specific fish, ask a bait-and-tackle store employee what bait that fish likes the most.
  4. When it comes to bait, it's in your best interest to use live bait. Fish are much more attracted to bait wiggling around in the water than bait that doesn't move.
  5. Don't fish in waters you know or think to be polluted.
  6. On a day-to-day basis, the best times to fish are sunrise and sunset.
  7. On a monthly basis, the best time to fish is when the moon is in between its new and full phase.
  8. Don't ruin your fishing trip by getting sunburnt. Wear sunblock that is at least SPF 30.
  9. If you're looking to catch bigger fish, you're going to need a boat to get out to the open water. Some of the tastiest fish, like grouper and dolphin, are caught in these waters.
  10. Keep in mind that fish like to swim near sandbars, riverbanks, piers and reefs, so if you fish near one of these, you should be in good shape!