Free Fishing Weekend

June 2-3 (2018)

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds the public that Colorado's Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3 (2018). Anglers of all ages can fish without a license anywhere in the state that weekend.

Many states allow free fishing during one or two weekends each year in an effort to encourage more people to discover and enjoy one of the most popular of all outdoor activities.  According to a recent survey by Southwick Associates, fishing is not only a popular recreational activity in Colorado, it is a major economic driver for the state, contributing over $1.9 billion each year to the state’s economy. From reservoirs, lakes and ponds to rivers and high-altitude streams, Colorado is a highly-regarded fishing destination. The state features nearly 9,000 miles of trout streams, 321 miles of which are designated Gold Medal waters and managed for high-quality fishing.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds the public that although a license is not required that weekend, all other rules and regulations will apply. Anglers should consult the 2015 Colorado Fishing Brochure for specific regulations and restrictions. Fishing licenses can be purchased at any Colorado Parks and Wildlife office, at one of the more than 600 license agents across the state or online.

For more information about licenses or fishing, including the Stocking Report, Fishing Atlas and access to the online version of the Fishing Brochure, go to

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