Fish sans license this weekend
If you need an excuse to go fishing this weekend, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has one for you.
Saturday and Sunday are billed as the agency’s annual free fishing weekend, which means that anglers around the state aren’t required to have a license to go angling.
“The free fishing weekend is a great way to get outside with family and friends and take advantage of Colorado’s extensive opportunities to fish for a myriad of cold- and warm-water fish species without having to worry about possessing a license,” said Greg Gerlich, aquatic section manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “This is the perfect opportunity for anglers to introduce a friend, family member and, especially, children to one of America’s favorite activities.”
Each year, the agency designates the first weekend in June as the only two-day period when anglers all around the state are not required to have a fishing license. For the rest of the year, a fishing license is required for anyone 16 and older.
While fishing licenses are not required during this weekend, all other regulations remain in effect. Anglers should consult the 2013 Colorado Fishing brochure for specific regulations and restrictions for the waters where they’ll be fishing. Fishing licenses can be purchased at any Colorado Parks and Wildlife office or from one of the more than 600 license agents across the state. Licenses also can be purchased online.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife produces a weekly fishing report that includes information about fishing conditions and stocking activity around the state and a fishing atlas about places to go fishing. Find those at http://wildlife.state.co.us/Fishing/Pages/Fishing.aspx.
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