Fishing in Colorado requires that all anglers who are between the ages of 16 and 64 have a valid fishing license to participate in this sporting season. Anglers under the age of 16 are not required to possess a fishing license in order to take their limit of fish in Colorado, but anglers over the age of 64 must carry either a lifetime low-income fishing license or a free fishing license to try to take their limit of fish in Colorado. Luckily, there are several types of fishing license for residents of Colorado and non-residents to choose from.
Residents of Colorado have the decision to make between two types of fishing licenses. These are a Resident Colorado Annual Fishing License and a Resident Colorado 1-Day Fishing License. These anglers can also choose a Resident Colorado Annual Fishing and Small Game Combination License, an Additional Day Fishing License or an Extra Rod Stamp. Also, anglers who are between the ages of 19 and 64 that purchase a fishing license must also purchase a Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp, which also allows the angler access to Colorado’s state trust lands and wildlife areas.
Colorado also offers a low-income fishing license for anglers who are over the age of 64 and a disabled fishing license. Certain Colorado residents also qualify for free fishing licenses. These are members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are either active or retired, resident patients of a Colorado U.S. Armed Forces Hospital or Convalescent Facility or a VA Hospital, residents of a Colorado State Mental Health Institute or Mental Institution, any Colorado angler who receives Social Security Disability Benefits that can prove their disability with proper documentation and any disabled Colorado veterans with proof of a disability with a letter from the VA.
Non-residents of Colorado have a decision to make as well. They can choose from a Colorado Non-resident 1-Day Fishing License, a Colorado Non-resident 5-Day Fishing License and a Colorado Non-resident Annual Fishing License. These non-resident anglers can also purchase a Second Rod Stamp and must purchase a Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp.
Anglers, both residents and non-residents of Colorado, can legally enjoy the fishing opportunities that are offered in Colorado, but only if they carry the appropriate fishing license. These fishing licenses are valid from January 1 through December 31 of each year and can be bought online at wildlife.state.co.us or over the telephone by calling 800-244-5613 with a credit card or at a licensed agent location and at Colorado Division of Wildlife offices through out the state. Paying the price for the appropriate fishing license is always better than paying a fine if the angler gets caught without one.