The arrival of all this sunny weather has been perfectly timed for the start of Colorado's 2021 fishing season.

But before you head out angling, make sure to purchase a new fishing license. The new licenses began selling on March 1 and are valid through March 31, 2022.

Colorado residents 18 and older can get an annual pass for $36.08 — it is $100.57 for a nonresident. Coloradan seniors 65 and older can get an annual pass for $10.07. Daily fishing licenses are also available to both residents and non residents.

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Licenses can be purchased at sales agentsCPW officesonline or by phone at 1-800-244-5613.​

If you just want to test out one weekend of fishing, wait until the first weekend of June when free fishing days are allowed throughout the state.

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There are some new fishing regulations in effect in 2021 on Larimer County waterways:

  • New Berthoud Reservoir: Bag, possession limit for crappie and redear sunfish is 10 fish in aggregate, min. of 10 inches long. Largemouth and smallmouth bass must be returned to water immediately.
  • New Boedecker Reservoir: Minimum size for crappie is 10 inches long.
  • Horseshoe Reservoir: Minimum size for walleye and saugeye is 15 inches long. No more than 1 walleye or saugeye in aggregate greater than 21 inches long may be taken per day.
  • Lake Loveland: Minimum size for walleye and saugeye is 15 inches long. No more than 1 walleye or saugeye in aggregate greater than 21 inches long may be taken per day.
  • Roaring Creek & Tributaries: Artificial flies and lures only. Cutthroat must be returned to water immediately.

To see all of the regulations in place on Colorado waterways, visit the Colorado Parks & Wildlife 2021 state fishing guide.

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