Fishing

With 8,000 miles of rivers (including 329 miles of Gold Medal streams) and more than 2,000 lakes, Colorado has some of the best, and most abundant, fishing you’ll find anywhere — not to mention the incredible natural beauty that surrounds it all.

Watch our Roaring Fork River fly-fishing video

A boy in a green hat and red sweatshirts holds his fishing pole over a bridge, dropping his line into a still creek below
Family fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park
Two flyfishers stand in the middle of a gently rushing blue river casting their lines. Trees with bright-yellow leaves line the riverbank in this fall scene
Fly-fishing on the Gunnison River near Gunnison
A flyfisher in waders casts his line from the middle of a lake as the sun sets over the mountains in the distance
Fishing on the Yampa River near Steamboat Springs
Cotton-ball clouds in the sky are brilliantly reflected in the lake's still waters. A fisher stands on a pier and casts their line
Fishing at Jackson Lake State Park near Fort Morgan
A flyfisher in waders casts his line from the middle of a river, surrounded on both sides by the changing orange and yellow leaves of fall
Fly fishing near Fairplay

Fly-fishers, ice-fishers and pure rod-and-reelers find plenty of places to drop their line in Colorado.

Colorado fishing licenses are required. One-day and five-day passes can also be purchased from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

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