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Public Fishing Areas

What to Know Before Fishing

Licenses Required at a PFA


  • Anglers 16 years and older must possess a current fishing license, AND a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) license to fish.
  • If you have either a Sportsman's, Lifetime, Honorary (resident disability license or resident one-time veteran's license), 3-day Hunting and Fishing License, or 3-day GORP Plus you are NOT required to have a WMA license to fish.
  • A WMA license is NOT required to fish at Rocky Mountain Public Fishing Area.


To access a PFA for non-fishing activities, visitors age 16-64 must have one of the following (visitors under age 16 and/or over age 64 are exempt):

Buy a Fishing License or Access Pass Here!

Hours of Operation

Open 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset.


Unless posted otherwise at a lake:

  • Length limit for Largemouth bass - 14 inch minimum

Daily Possession Limits:

  • Largemouth bass.....5
  • Bream or sunfish (of any one or a combination).....15
  • Channel catfish.....5
  • Grass carp (white amur) must be immediately released.
Operation of Boats
  • You can operate fishing boats propelled by paddles, oars, or electric motors on ponds or lakes, unless otherwise posted.
  • You can operate outboard motors at idle speed only on lakes posted as open to the use of outboard motors.

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LICENSES - 3 Ways to Buy

1. Phone 1-800-366-2661
2. Online - here
3. Retail License Vendor listing - here

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