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Free fishing weekend is Saturday and Sunday

With waters warming and rivers running clear, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting anglers young and old to take advantage of Colorado’s annual free fishing weekend this Saturday and Sunday.

For this weekend only, anglers are not required to have a valid fishing license in order to wet a line.

No fishing license is required during free fishing weekend, but 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.

With the exception of free fishing weekend, anglers between the ages of 16-64 are required to have a valid Colorado fishing license before casting a line. Annual resident fishing licenses cost $26 and one-day or five-day licenses are 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. 

Fishing licenses can be purchased at any Colorado Parks and Wildlife office or from one of the more than 600 license agents across the state. Licenses can also be purchased online at