Revamped online CDOW fishing brochure features video clips
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — While some Coloradans are still reveling in the spring powder, others are ready for warm-weather pastimes like fishing. The new license season starts April 1, so it’s time for eager anglers to renew their licenses.
A Colorado fishing license is required for anyone 16 and older who fishes in Colorado. 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. The Division also offers five-day and one-day fishing licenses for shorter outings.
Anyone who purchases a Colorado fishing or hunting licenses must also purchase a Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp. The stamp is $10. Since state lawmakers approved the stamp in 2005, funds from the program have helped conserve more than 90,000 acres and opened more than 16 miles of new fishing access for anglers.
To go along with that new license, be sure to pick up a copy of the revamped fishing brochure, with full-color graphics and detailed watershed maps showing where anglers can access some of the state’s popular fishing waters and where special regulations apply. There’s a new photo guide to Colorado sport fish next to an easy-to-use reference on statewide possession limits.
The online version also includes has video clips throughout the publication. The videos are an effort by the Division to educate anglers angling opportunities and tactics and on how to teach children to fish. Several of the clips come from the Division’s Fly Fishing Colorado DVD. To purchase the full version of the DVD please visit http://wildlife.state.co.us/wildlifestore/.
“We took a hard look at how we could make the information more organized, dynamic and interesting for anglers,” said Amy Nickelson, brochure editor for the Division. “By doing so, we have created a tool for anglers to help them understand the regulations and have enjoyable and successful fishing trips.”
A list of Gold Medal Waters and state fishing records are also included in the new larger-sized brochure, along with tips on where to fly fish, ice fish, fish with your kids, catch big bass and much more.
Important information on protecting state waters from the spread of aquatic nuisance species like zebra mussels, quagga mussels and rusty crayfish has also been reorganized for easy reference. The new brochure includes step-by-step instructions on how to clean waders and gear to help stop the spread of these species.