Colorado Fishing Violation Attorney Defense for Fishing Violations Penalties for Fishing Without a License Fishing Violations in Colorado Prohibited Fishing Methods Your Colorado Wildlife Law Attorney Defense for Fishing Violations Fishing is an amazing hobby. It allows you to enjoy the great outdoors and challenge yourself against nature. It’s no wonder that so many people love to experience fishing in Colorado’s approximate 6,000 miles of rivers and streams, and more than 2,000 reservoirs and lakes. Colorado has strict rules to protect our natural resources, and you face fines and the loss of your hunting and fishing license privileges in Colorado and 47 other states that belong to the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact if you don’t follow the laws. The wildlife violation defense attorneys at WildlifeLawyer.com are experienced in matters related to hunting and fishing laws. If you are facing charges for a fishing violation, contact the Colorado Wildlife Law Lawyer today by calling (720) 836-1777 to schedule a FREE consultation. Back to Top Penalties for Fishing Without a License You can be charged with fishing without a license even if you have a license, but you forget to bring it with you. The CPW has a point system for hunting and fishing violations. If you receive more than 20 points in any five-year period against your license privileges, your license may potentially be suspended. Fishing without a license is a 10 point violation. But there is also a five point penalty for taking your first fish and an additional one point penalty for every additional fish in your possession illegally taken. That means if you are caught fishing without a license and you have six fish in your possession, you can lose your license. You may also be subject to fines. Back to Top Fishing Violations in Colorado Fishing regulations can be pretty complicated. Licensing rules are very specific as to what type of fish you can catch, where you can catch them, and when you can fish. Many types of fish are not allowed to be taken and must be released immediately. Consult CPW guidelines to find out which types of fish you are allowed to keep. There are often local limits on the type and number of fish you are allowed to take, so you must obey all posted rules. Violating any of the following rules may result in stiff penalties as well as possible suspension of your hunting and fishing license privileges: Fishing without the proper license Using prohibited fishing methods Importing aquatic wildlife without CPW permission Taking threatened, endangered, or nongame fish Taking more than the limit Fishing in protected waters Shipping untagged fish Back to Top Prohibited Fishing Methods A special license stamp is required to carry a second rod, but you don’t need a second rod stamp to use trot lines or jugs. The wasteful destruction of wildlife is a 20 point violation that my result in the suspension of your hunting and fishing licenses. The following fishing methods are prohibited in Colorado: Chumming Trapping Electrofishing Using toxicants, poisons, or stupefying substances Snagging (except for taking kokanee salmon in certain areas) Archery and sling bows may only be used to take kokanee salmon, but this practice is subject to a number of safety restrictions. Back to Top Your Colorado Wildlife Law Attorney Are you facing a hearing for violating fishing or hunting regulations? These laws may carry some stiff penalties. To learn more, contact the Colorado Wildlife Law Lawyer today by calling (720) 836-1777. Please contacts us for a FREE, confidential consultation to talk about your case and learn how we can help. Our team is on your side. Don’t go into the water without us! Back to Top Contact one of our attorneys from WildlifeLawyer.com if you find yourself in a situation regarding any fishing violations.