Fish without a license in Colorado this weekend

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By David Heitz / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, Colo.) Anglers can cast their poles into the water without a fishing license in Colorado this weekend.

The only time fishing will be allowed in the state without a license is June 3-4. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has made it easy for occasional anglers to choose a spot. Online resources include:

· ​Fishing Report. A weekly fishing report from lakes all around Colorado

· Fishing Atlas. An interactive map that shows the many waters people can fish in Colorado

· 101 Places to Take a Kid Fishing​. An interactive map showing all of the possible places to take a kid fishing

· Stocking Report. The stocking report shows lakes, ponds, and rivers that have been stocked with catchable (9- to 12-inch) trout in Colorado.​

The state even has made a video to show people who never have fished before how to set up a rod and bait a hook. Anglers should consult the ​Colorado Fishing Brochure​​​​​ for specific regulations and restrictions.

Fish starting to bite

“The fish are starting to bite at waters all around the state,” according to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website. “The free fishing weekend is a great w​ay to get outside with family and friends and take advantage of Colorado's extensive opportunities to fish for a myriad of cold and warm water fish species​​.​”

For those who find fishing in Colorado an experience worth repeating, fishing licenses can be purchased at any Colorado Parks and Wildlife office or from one of the more than 600 sales agents across the state. Licenses can also be purchased online or over the phone by calling (800)244-5613.

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