Fishing Rules and Regulations |

Fishing Rules and Regulations

Matt Gaylor was hoping to land a good-sized trout Friday while fishing in the cool waters of the Yampa River in downtown Steamboat Springs. Friends of the Yampa, an advocacy group based on a love of the river, recently elected a new board, which is dedicated to protecting and improving the river that runs through Steamboat Springs.
John F. Russell

A Colorado fishing license is required for anyone 16 and older. An annual fishing license is $26 for Colorado residents and $56 for nonresidents. Seniors 64 and older who are residents of Colorado can purchase an annual fishing license for $1. Visitors may purchase one-day and five-day licenses. Anyone who purchases a Colorado fishing or hunting license must also purchase a Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp for $10.

In water where trout may be kept (Steamboat Lake, for example), the daily bag limit for rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout is four fish, with a possession limit (includes coolers) of eight. The bag and possession limit for brook trout is 10.

Trout caught in the town stretch of the Yampa River must be returned unharmed to the water. Fishing is with flies and lures only.

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