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Colorado Fishing Licenses 2022-23 Now Available

Steamboat Springs resident Greg Pohlman shows off a rainbow trout he caught in the Yampa River at the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Refuge on March 13.
Dylan Anderson / Steamboat Pilot and Today

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds anglers that the 2022-23 fishing season has arrived.

Fishing licenses for 2022-23 are valid March 1 through March 31, 2023. Annual, daily, and multi-day fishing license regulations and rates are available in the Colorado Fishing Brochure. For ages 18-64, a $10.59 Habitat stamp is required with the first license purchase for the year. Children under 16 can fish for free with a rod.

Coloradans and nonresident visitors can purchase fishing licenses online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613, at local CPW offices, or from hundreds of licensed sales agents throughout the state.

According to CPW, Colorado has 27,000 miles of waterways and more than 1,300 lakes and reservoirs with the ability to catch 35 different species of fish.

“Spring is right around the corner, and so is the opportunity to get outside and enjoy Colorado’s active, outdoor lifestyle by going fishing,” said Andre Egli, CPW Angler Education Coordinator. “If you’re new to fishing, there are plenty of courses offered across the state. Classes are available for new anglers, families, or seasoned anglers who want to learn a new technique like fly fishing.

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