No fishing license required during Free Fishing Weekend on June 1 – 2

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) invites resident and nonresident anglers of all ages to participate in Free Fishing Weekend. On June 1-2, 2024, the fishing license and Habitat Stamp requirement will be waived, allowing anyone interested in fishing to try it out and hopefully get hooked.

Fishing offers a variety of health benefits and is a great excuse to get outdoors and you can even try to put some food on the table. For experienced anglers, Free Fishing Weekend offers a perfect opportunity to introduce someone interested in fishing who might be hesitant about purchasing a license.

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 over 1,300 angling locations, all managed for high-quality fishing. Colorado offers an opportunity to catch some 35 species of warm-water and cold-water fish.

“The outdoors are for everyone, and fishing is a great way to discover and enjoy Colorado,” said Angler Outreach Coordinator Andre Egli. “The fish are biting and Free Fishing Weekend is the perfect opportunity for everyone to give fishing a try.”

All other fishing regulations, including bag and possession limits still apply. Learn more about fishing regulations and license fees in the 2024 Colorado Fishing Brochure.

For more information about licenses or fishing, including the Stocking Report and Fishing Atlas, visit