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Fishing in Colorado Overview

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If you’re looking for a home that’s located near excellent fishing areas, you’re in luck! The entire state of Colorado is filled with numerous outstanding fishing spots. No matter where you choose to purchase a home, you can rest assured that excellent fishing areas are in close proximity. There are many reasons people choose to live in Colorado… you can add fishing to that list.

There are lakes, streams, rivers and ponds scattered throughout the state that are filled with fish just waiting to be caught.

Colorado’s Common Fish Species

Some of the most common fish species that can be found in Colorado waters include:

  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Brook Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Walleye
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch

For a more complete list of Colorado fish species, visit the following website: Colorado Fishing Network or .

Fishing Regulations

Each year, Colorado Parks & Wildlife publishes an extensive downloadable PDF brochure on regulations for fishing in Colorado.

Ice Fishing In Colorado
Fly Fishing In Colorado
Child Fishing In Colorado

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife fishing rules and regulations brochure covers the entire fishing season and contains 40 pages of useful information for novice, intermediate and expert fishermen. If you plan to fish in Colorado, this brochure is a very useful reference guide.

A sample of topics covered in the brochure include:

  • Information on how and where to obtain a Colorado fishing license – including cost of a license and a list of free fishing days.
  • Statewide daily limits – listed by type of fish.
  • Glossary of fishing terms.
  • Special regulations for fishing waters in Colorado

Fishing Events

Looking for Fishing Events in Colorado? If you would like to participate in a fishing event or tournament in Colorado, the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website maintains a list of upcoming fishing events available to the public. Each listing includes information on where the event will be held, the entry fee (if applicable), and information on how to register. Events can be found throughout the state.

How to Find Rivers, Lakes, Streams and Reservoirs to Fish

The state of Colorado has more than 8,000 miles of rivers and thousands of lakes and ponds. The state is also home to several parks with fishing areas such as Rocky Mountain National Park, Cherry Creek State Park, and the Rueter-Hess Reservoir – just to name a few.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife maintains an online interactive fishing atlas that allows you to easily find places to fish. Clicking on a map location provides you with the species of fish you can expect to find, whether boats are allowed, driving directions, etc. You can refine your search to find specific species, availability of campgrounds, opportunities for ice fishing spots, remote fly fishing locations, and even accessible fishing areas. There is also a link to up-to-date stocking reports. With all of the natural bodies of water, fishing in Colorado is a popular activity that is enjoyed by people of all ages.

Colorado Fishing Atlas

Live Near a Fishing Area
No matter if fishing has been your favorite hobby for many decades or if you are hoping to learn to fish in your spare time, your choices of where to partake in this activity in Colorado are numerous. If your goal is to live in close proximity to one or more fantastic fishing spots, you have many, many options. People travel from across the world to fish in Colorado – but as a Colorado resident, you can easily opt to live right around the corner from a remarkable fishing location!

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Jim Garcia

Jim Garcia is a RE/MAX Professionals Colorado Realtor® in Douglas County Colorado. When he's not involved with real estate transactions, he spends time with his family, hones his cooking skills and enjoys the unique adventures only Colorado can offer.

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