The DOW has made it mandatory to buy a fishing license in order to put in for a big game license and to use state owned hiking trails. I'm sure the number of extra licenses in accurate but I wouldn't apply them all to the amount of people fishing, also I'll bet fishing licenses for 2021 will increase by 25% just like hunting licenses.
That's just the number sold. How many more are out fishing with out a license? I can count the number of times I've been checked on one hand in the 42 years I've been in Colorado. If they aren't going to check them why buy one. I've been check more in Nebraska while camping and fishing than here in Colorado. Yes I buy one in Colorado every year along with a second rod stamp.
Wow thatís a bunch, more than I would have guessed. As stated I hope that money goes back into the lake.
Phidoux, I agree with you. I think CPW could double their budget at Pueblo alone with over limits and under size fish fines.
gr8 Noutdeek, not sure where you got your info but it is not correct. A fishing license alone does not qualify as a qualifying license for big game hunting. It must be a fishing/small game combo, a small game license etc. See page 6 #4 for the rest of the list. Also hunting licenses from 2020 to 2021 went up roughly 2.6% not 25%. Deer in 2020 was $40.24, for 2021 the fee is $41.28, elk $55.43/$$56.88. Annul fishing license was $35.17 in 2020 for 2021 the fee is $36.08. Extra rod stamp 2020 was $10.87 now $11.11 for 2021.
Reply by: riper69 Posted: Feb. 23, 8:17:38 AM Points: 1381
More money you would think they would put more officer's on the ground There were people at gmr yesterday that had tip ups everywhere and fishing with 2 rods. Hundreds of feet away from each other. This is not michigan 2 lines per person. I passed plate numbers to division of wildlife Can't let that stuff fly
^ From that link, it says you need a "qualifying license" for "for the big game primary draw or secondary draw." It also says that a fishing license does not count as a "qualifying license":
Does my fishing license count as a qualifying license? No, fishing licenses do not count as qualifying licenses
Here is the list of qualifying license:
Which licenses count as qualifying licenses? Resident and Nonresident
2021 annual spring turkey license 2021 annual youth spring turkey license NEW in 2021 annual fall turkey license (valid for the secondary draw ONLY) NEW in 2021 annual youth fall turkey license (valid for the secondary draw ONLY) 2021 annual small game license 2021 annual youth small game license
2021 annual resident combination small game/fishing license 2021 annual resident senior combination small game/fishing license
PS: I fished 4 times in Colorado last year. If you don't want to be crowded, do your part and stay home. :)
I think we might also be confusing the fishing/hunting license required to access SWA/SLT's.
That is relatively new and could also contribute to an inflated number of sales vs actual fishermen. Seeing as how you need a hunter safety card to purchase a hunting license, I assume most people will buy a fishing license if they intend to do neither at an SWA/SLT, such as Hiking/Camping/etc.
From the CPW website: "A valid hunting or fishing license is required for everyone 18 or older accessing any State Wildlife Area or Colorado Parks and Wildlife-leased State Trust Land, effective July 1, 2020."
This makes sense I believe. To increase fees for hunting a species they have to get approval from the legislature I think. But requiring a small game or other associated license is a easier way around that.