35 species of warm and cold water fish occupy more than 6,000 miles of river and streams, and more than 2,000 lakes and reservoirs in the state of Colorado. 13 areas (rivers and lakes) in Colorado are designated as Gold Medal Water, meaning the area can produce 60 pounds of trout per acre and at least twelve 14 inch or larger trout per acre. The official state fish of Colorado is the Greenback Cutthroat Trout, the only trout species that is native to Colorado. Rainbow, Brook, Brown, and Lake trout can also be found in water across the state as well as Kokanee salmon, mountain whitefish, and three threatened and endangered species, including the razorback sucker, humpback chub, and Colorado pikeminnow.

The section of the Gunnison River that runs through the Black Canyon is famous for its salmon fly hatch and is a popular spot for a float trip at the end of June during the hatch.

You must purchase a license to fish in Colorado.

2017 Licenses and Fees:

  • Annual License — $26 for residents, $56 non-residents
  • Five Day — N/A for residents, $21 for non-residents
  • One Day — $9 for residents, $9 for non-residents
  • Second Rod Stamp — $5 for residents, $5 for non-residents