Free fishing weekend on Saturday and Sunday
Anglers can take advantage of near-perfect fishing conditions this weekend, including warm weather, low water levels and no license needed.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has set aside Saturday and Sunday for the annual free fishing weekend, when anglers are not required to have a valid fishing license.
The agency traditionally sets aside the first full weekend in June to promote sport fishing.
“Fishing is one of Colorado’s most important outdoor traditions and a great way to hook kids on healthy outdoor recreation,” said Greg Gerlich, aquatic section manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Free fishing weekend also gives anglers who haven’t fished for a while a chance to reconnect with the simple pleasure of being on the water.”
While no fishing license is required during free fishing weekend, all other regulations remain in effect, including bag and possession limits, and restrictions on bait in certain waters. Anglers should consult the 2012 Colorado Fishing brochure for regulations and restrictions.
Colorado boast more than 2,000 lakes, ponds, and reservoirs along with more than 10,000 miles of streams and rivers. , Colorado offers anglers a variety 1of species to pursue, including trout, bass, walleye, catfish and carp. The in Colorado offer outstanding trout fishing opportunities. Thirty-seven of Colorado’s 42 state parks offer fishing opportunities and many other recreational amenities for a great family outing.
Each year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife stocks more than 3 million catchable-sized trout and 14 million trout fingerlings. The agency also stocks more than 64 million warm-water fry and fingerlings around the state each year. Fully half of the 85 million fish produced by Colorado’s hatchery system are planted in state park waters each year.
With the exception of free fishing weekend, anglers between the ages of 16 and 64 are required to have a valid Colorado fishing license before casting a line. Annual resident fishing licenses cost $26 with one-day and five-day licenses also available. Youth under age 16 are not required to have a license. Resident seniors aged 65 and older can buy an annual Colorado fishing license for $1.