It’s Free Fishing Weekend in Colorado |

It’s Free Fishing Weekend in Colorado

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is encouraging anglers young and old to take advantage of Colorado’s great fishing opportunities during Free Fishing Weekend, Saturday and Sunday. The first full weekend in June is set aside each year to promote sport fishing and no fishing license is required in Colorado during that weekend.

“Free fishing weekend is a great opportunity for people to try out fishing if they haven’t yet,” said Greg Gerlich, aquatic section manager for the Division of Wildlife. “It’s also a chance for those who used to fish Colorado’s outstanding waters to get back into the sport.”

While no fishing license is required during the first full weekend in June, all other regulations remain in effect. That means bag limits and restrictions on bait in certain waters.

Outside of free fishing weekend, anglers between the ages of 16 and 64 must purchase a fishing license before casting a line. An annual resident fishing license costs $26, and an annual non-resident license costs $56. One-day or five-day fishing licenses are also available. Youths under age 16 are not required to have a license. The Division offers resident seniors, age 65 and older, an annual Colorado fishing license for $1.

Fishing licenses can be purchased at any license agent or Division of Wildlife office. Licenses can also be purchased over the phone at 800-244-5613 or online at