Colorado Fishing License
Colorado Fishing License
Information for 2012 - 2013
Colorado Fishing Licenses are required if you are 16 or
older. The 2013 license year will be April 1
to March 31 next year. (Ex 4/1/2013 - 3/31/2014) To download the
2013 regulation brochure (Includes Property Descriptions) Right click and
"Save Target As".
Free Adobe Acrobat Reader Download (to view PDFs)
To view the searchable interactive 2013 regulation brochure on line.
Fees Effective Apr. 1, 2013
Add $10 for Habitat Stamp
|Fishing - annual 16 and older||26||56|
|Extra Rod Stamp||5||5|
|Fishing - 1 day||9||9|
|Fishing - 5 days||Not Available||21|
|Senior Annual Fishing 64 Yrs and Older||FREE + $1.00*||Colo Residents Only|
|Youth (under 16) -- Can take a full bag and possession limit without a license.||FREE||FREE|
|Combination Small Game & Fishing (If born after 1948, you must show hunter education card)||41||Not Available|
|*Fees include a 25˘ Search and Rescue Fee and a 75˘ PEAC surcharge. see below For persons between 18 and 65, a $10 Habitat Stamp will be added to 1st 2013 license purchase of the license year.|
Wildlife Public Education Advisory Council (PEAC) and Sportsmen's Advisory Group members felt that a 75-cent surcharge on each hunting and fishing license sold in Colorado was an appropriate method of funding the Council's public information campaign for fishing and hunting.
How to purchase a Colorado Fishing License
There are two ways to purchase a fishing license in Colorado:
- Point of Sale from a License Agent. These are mostly fly fishing
shops, sporting goods stores or big box sporting goods stores.
List of License Agents This sortable list is updated daily.
- Directly from the Department of Wildlife. There are two methods of
- Via telephone at Colorado Parks and Wildlife service center or The toll free number for telephone sales is 1(800) 244-5613
- License Instructions
- Internet Via a secure internet https connection. How well did the online purchase process work? I have purchased my license via the internet since 2006 and the process worked fine.
Proof of Residency Checklist for Resident Licenses
The DOW is using point of purchase computer sales units again this year. Along with other proof of residency requirements, you will be required under Federal law to furnish your social security number to obtain a hunting or fishing license. SO DON'T BE UPSET WHEN ASKED FOR IT. Most of the dealers will show you a reference to the law if asked.
Fines can be heavy if caught fishing or hunting without a license. It's cheaper to buy a license.
Non-resident fees are higher than resident fees. In every state, the fees go to the fisheries and wildlife or equivalent department to maintain hatcheries, stocking programs, education programs to involve more women and children in the fishing sport, studies of whirling disease and related conversation projects.
Please don't complain about the cost of the license to the store where purchased. They offer licenses as a service to their customers and don't make any money from the sale.
When you purchase your license, ask for a current year Colorado Fishing Regulations and Property Directory booklet. Take time to familiarize yourself with it as many streams have special regulations and section closures. Please take time to get a new booklet for 2013 - 2014 or License PDF as there are changes from 2012 - 2013.
DO NOT separate your license or you will invalidate it. DO sign it to make it valid.
Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp and State Wildlife Areas (SWA's)
WHO NEEDS A STAMP?
Anyone that cares about Colorado?s wildlife can purchase a stamp! The stamp is required of persons 19-64 who purchase a fishing or hunting license. A stamp is required on the first TWO hunting or fishing licenses purchased by an individual in a calendar year. A non-licensed person must hold a stamp for admittance to any designated State Wildlife Area (SWA). Requiring a habitat stamp for SWA usage ensures that everyone helps pay for wildlife habitat and access.
Stamps are free for youth (18 and under) and seniors age 65. Once you turn 65 and are a Colorado Resident, you are exempt from the Habitat Stamp. Stamps are also free for the mobility impaired, military hospital patients, and Colorado residents who are active duty military personnel stationed outside Colorado, but on leave in Colorado.
Stamps can be purchased wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, DOW Offices and on the internet. (See above) (Cannot be purchased at the SWA locations)
WHAT DOES IT COST?
When purchased with a license, it is $10 and required on the first license purchased in a license year. The Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp is $10.25 if purchased without a hunting or fishing license. ($10 for the stamp and 25 cents for Search and Rescue) A lifetime stamp is available for $300.25. All funds collected will be used for the benefit of wildlife.
At age 65, you may wish to purchase a CORSAR card in addition to the 25 cents Search and Rescue Fee included with your license. The card covers reimbursement to county sheriffs for costs incurred on a mission such as mileage, meals, replacement of lot equipment, horses, ATVs or aircraft used in a search. If such aircraft are used for medical transport, the medical portion is not covered by the card. (ie. Have some insurance if you are going into the back country. Cost is one year for $3 and 5 years for $12)
Free Fishing Weekend
The first full weekend of June is a free fishing weekend for all Colorado residents and Non-Residents. You do not need to have a Colorado fishing license to fish this weekend, but all other rules and regulations apply.
Help Stop Poaching
OPERATION GAME THIEF
Operation Game Thief (OGT) is a non-profit organization working with the
DOW’s law enforcement program. It pays rewards to citizens who report
poachers or resource violations. Callers don’t have to reveal their names,
testify in court or sign a deposition. Rewards are paid if the information
leads to the arrest of a poacher or a citation is issued. Rewards do not depend on a conviction but must be requested when a violation is reported. Call: 1-877-COLOOGT toll-free. The number cannot be used for information requests or emergencies.
Other Helpful information from the Colorado Department of Wildlife
Search State Wildlife Areas This area has been much improved since 2007 to include interactive maps and pdf maps by region of the Wildlife managed areas. If you want to get away from the crowds, take time to really study this resource. You paid to get access to all of them. see the Chapter 9 Regulations (PDF), which has the most up-to-date Division property information, as changes occur numerous times per year.
State Land Trust Information including pdf maps The brochure link is at top of page. Generally open from 9/1 through 2/28 each year. The months of Sep, Oct and Nov can be some of the prime fishing in Colorado. Since these waters are almost private, you may find some "trophy" sized fish here.
State Trust Land Maps -- great information here