Colorado Fishing Season 2022 Is Now Open

Guide to Fishing Licenses, the Latest Fishing Apps, and More

The start of a new fishing season suggests many promises ahead that we all hope will come true: leisure time in your boat, plentiful catches, enjoyment of the sport itself, and getting away from it all with your friends and family—or sometimes, just a little time alone. 

Anglers in Colorado are blessed with a wide variety of game, with some 35 species of warm-water and cold-water fish. From the cool Rocky Mountains to the sunny plains reservoirs, plentiful fishing spots occupy 6,000 miles of streams and more than 1,300 lakes and reservoir​s.

At Colorado Farm Bureau Insurance, we love fishing, too. We support Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s dedication to conservation and its preservation of our great natural resources.

To begin your preparation for the season, check out our tips below. 

Start With the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Fishing Brochure

Download your copy of the annual CPW Fishing brochure. The brochure has just about everything you need to know about fishing in Colorado, all in one place. Keep your eye on that website to ensure you always have the most up-to-date information.

Topics include: 

  • Fishing license information
  • Colorado fishing laws
  • Special regulations for fishing waters
  • Master Angler Program information
  • Aquatic nuisance species
  • Statewide bag and possession counts
  • Health advisories for fishing waters
  • Good places to take kids fishing 

Fishing Season Dates and License Fees

Fishing licenses come in many forms, depending on age, time limits, residency, and a multitude of other factors. All anglers age 16 and above are required to buy fishing licenses. Visit CPW for explanations on the cost of each license fee

Licenses may be purchased online, through a retailer or other agency, or in person at any CPW location. You may also call 1-800-244-5615 toll-free. 

Colorado residents still need to purchase their fishing licenses in the same way they always have and receive a printed physical license. However, they now will also have the option to display the license card within the myColorado app

Where are the Fish Biting Today?

Anglers rely on weather and water reports to see how the fish are biting from day to day or week to week. The CPW Fishing Report offers a bundle of services to keep up to date at sites all over the state. Here you’ll find fishing tips, statewide conditions, news of upcoming tournaments and other special events, stocking reports, and more. 

One more tip on where to fish in Colorado: try the Colorado Fishing Atlas. This is an interactive mapping tool that allows users to search for fishing opportunities. Search by species, specific interest, or proximity to your home or destination.

Insure Your Fishing Equipment With Farm Bureau Insurance

Protect the investment you’ve made in your fishing equipment by insuring them with a policy from Colorado Farm Bureau Insurance. We offer optional personal property protection with our homeowners insurance policies. Get a free quote from a local agent today by using our Agent Finder.