The Start of a New Colorado Fishing Season

The 2021-22 Colorado fishing license year starts today. Download the fishing brochure and learn about important changes for the new season.
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March 1, is the start of the new Colorado fishing season.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds Colorado anglers that 2021 fishing licenses are valid as of March 1, 2021. With a week of warm weather ahead, it’s time to purchase your new license and head out to find some open waters.

The Colorado Fishing brochure includes detailed information on licenses and fees, fishing regulations, a glossary of fishing terms, maps, illustrated fish identification charts (pages 40–44) and much more. The Colorado Fishing brochure is a must-read for all Colorado anglers! Download the 2021 Colorado Fishing Brochure today!

CPW Fishing Report

Want to hear the latest fishing news from Colorado Parks and Wildlife? The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Fishing Report provides updates on stockings, fishing conditions from around the state, catch of the week, fishing tips and important fishing news and information.

It’s fast and easy to sign up and you’ll be among the first to know about the hottest fishing spots, events and more.

What’s New

As you read through the 2021 Colorado Fishing brochure, look for the “NEW” tag (pictured to the left). Throughout the brochure, you will be able to quickly identify important changes by finding the tag.

Statewide Bag and Possession Limits for Mountain Whitefish

Mountain whitefish are currently found in Northwest and Northeast Colorado: In the Northwest, these fish are present in the Yampa, White and Colorado River drainages, along with their associated tributaries; in the Northeast, these fish are present in the Poudre River drainage, along with its associated tributaries. Mountain whitefish now have a bag limit of 4 and a possession limit of 8 statewide. For more information, see pages 10 and 11 of the 2021 Colorado Fishing brochure.

Fishing Regulations Adjusted on Certain Streams to Protect Colorado River and Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout.

For more information see See pages 11–39 of the 2021 Colorado Fishing brochure.

New Fishing Regulations for the Following Waters

Regulation changes can be found on pages 13–17 of the 2021 Colorado Fishing brochure.

  • Berthoud Res. (Larimer Co.)
  • Boedecker Res. (Larimer Co.)
  • Colorado River, North Fork (Grand Co.)
  • Horseshoe Res. (Larimer Co.)
  • Lake Granby (Grand Co.)
  • Lake Loveland (Larimer Co.)
  • Meadow Creek Res. (Grand Co.)
  • Meadow Creek Res. (Jackson Co.)
  • Pella Crossing: Webster Pond
  • (Boulder Co.)
  • Roaring Creek, East Fork (Larimer Co.)
  • Shadow Mountain Spillway (Grand Co.)

New to Fishing?

Check out Colorado Outdoors “Quick Tip” — Bait-Fishing Basics to learn how to assemble a bait fishing rig and bait a fishing hook. These tips will prepare you fsmall to medium sized fish like sunfish, catfish or small trout.

Video: Colorado Outdoors “Quick Tip” — Bait-Fishing

Thank you!​

Your license renewal does more than grant you the freedom to fish many of the state’s beautiful lakes, rivers, and streams. The​ revenue generated from your fishing license goes toward conserving your local fisheries today and for generations to come.​

Have a great 2021 Colorado fishing season!

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