As springtime approaches and fisherman begin gearing up for the upcoming season, the Colorado Division of Wildlife reminds anglers that the 2009 license year began Wednesday, April 1.
Under new regulations set by the Colorado Wildlife Commission, all annual fishing, combination fishing/small game licenses and habitat stamps are now valid from April 1 through March 31 of the following year. All 2008 annual fishing licenses expired on March 31, 2009.
“The new spring start is a great reminder that not only is it time to purchase your 2009 license, but April is also one of the best months to head to your favorite lake, stream or river,” said Scott Gilmore, DOW education coordinator. “Some of Colorado’s best fishing takes place in early spring.”
As the weather warms and reservoir ice begins to melt, hungry brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout begin feeding in the shallow waters near shorelines. This creates one of the best opportunities all year for shore fisherman to catch a trophy-size fish. Anglers are encouraged to fish rivers early before the water becomes too swift or “blown out” due to snowmelt/runoff. Colorado offers some of the best fishing opportunities in the West, attracting over 700,000 licensed anglers annually.