Going fishing in Colorado just got a little easier, thanks to a new phone app


Fishermen, like the one pictured here, from Pueblo and surrounding cities have enjoyed the non-frozen waters from Lake Pueblo and the fishing it provides. This fisherman is seen at the base of the Lake Pueblo Dam

Anglers ready to hit the water for spring fishing no longer have to worry about carrying their fishing license with them.  

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has a new mobile phone app, myColorado, which allows anglers to purchase a license and display it within the app so they don’t have to carry around the paper copy.  

The app can be downloaded to a smart phone from the Apple App Store or Google Play. 

“We are excited to make it as easy as possible for Coloradans to show they’ve purchased their fishing licenses, allowing them to continue enjoying our state’s great outdoors,” Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in a press release. “Since my children are under 16, they can fish for free, but when I got my license a couple years ago, I was surprised that there wasn’t an option to display my license on my phone. 

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“While a paper license still works for many people, it can be easy to forget at home, but many parents like me always have their phone on them. This new option meets Coloradans where they’re at, providing 21st century service,” Polis said.  

“Resident fishing license products are a great way for Colorado Parks and Wildlife to enter the digital arena,” Dan Prenzlow, parks and wildlife director, said in a press release. “We’ll continue to explore options for making proof of holding a valid license or pass easier for our customers.”  

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An annual 2021 fishing license is valid from March 1 through March 31, 2022. There are a range of options for anglers including both the annual fishing license and one-day fishing licenses as well as educational opportunities for those new to angling.  

Resident fishing licenses are available at a cost of $36.08 for adults or $10.07 for seniors. For details, go to cpwshop.com.