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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