COLORADO SPRINGS — Memorial Day Weekend is here and if you're planning on doing some fishing at one of our lakes this weekend, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has some simple tips to make sure your trip runs smoothly.
You need a fishing license to fish in Colorado if you're 16 years or older. Kids younger than that don't need a fishing license, but they still have to follow other fishing laws and the daily bag and possession limits.
The most important thing you need to know is once you have your license, you have to bring it with you.
You cannot pick up your license at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Colorado Springs because it is closed right now. However, you can still pick it up at places like Bass Pro Shop and Walmart.
Just be sure to have it on you in case a Colorado wildlife officer approaches you.
"A lot of people leave them in purses, in the car, or in their wallet," said Corey Adler, District Wildlife Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "So just always have your fishing license with you."
Not having a license to show could lead to a warning, or even a fine.
As a reminder, license do prices vary.
The only time you don't need a license or a habitat stamp is from June 6th to June 7th. Those are considered "free fishing" days, but regulations will still apply.