While walking the core trail and floating down the Yampa on a watercraft are predominately summertime activities, the fishermen of Steamboat cast their lines all year round. Fishing in the Yampa is considered some of the best in the U.S.A. The New York Times even praised the fishing in the Yampa with their article Casting In Colorado, Away From the Crowds. As with the other river activities, fishermen must adhere to a set of rules and common practices to ensure the fishing in the Yampa remains world-class.
- Have a fishing licence. Anyone over the age of 16 wanting to fish requires a valid licence to participate. For Colorado residents, the fee for an annual licence is $34.75, non-Colorado residents are charged $96.75. Just like those who want a hunting licence, fishing license holders between the ages of 18 to 64 must also purchase a Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp for $10.
- If you’re fishing in the section of the Yampa that cuts through downtown Steamboat, any fish you catch must be returned to the water unharmed, and only flies and lures are to be used.
- In the areas where keeping your catch is permitted, the daily bag limit for rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout is four fish, with a possession limit (includes coolers) of eight. The bag and possession limit for brook trout is 10.
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