Second rod stamps allow fishermen and anglers in Colorado to have more than one line in the water while fishing. Without a second rod stamp in your possession, you may only fish using one rod at a time, unless you fishing exclusively with trotlines or jugs.
Colorado Code of Regulations 406-1-I-102 states that “[a]ny person may use one additional (second) personally attended line statewide when a second rod stamp is purchased, as identified on the user's fishing license.” Notice that this does not restrict the fisherman to having only one line in his or her possession. Fishermen may possess more than one pole at any one time, but may only be actively fishing with one.
Additionally, anyone under the age of 16 who is not required to have a fishing license, must have a second rod stamp with their signature if they are going to use a second pole. While youth fishermen under the age of 16 can use one pole to fish, using a second requires the second rod stamp.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife gave out 92 Colorado Fishing Violations for failure to have a second rod stamp in 2015. As a general fishing license violation, a second rod stamp violation carries point assessments that could lead to you losing your hunting and fishing privileges if you plead guilty and pay the fines assessed. If you are charged with a Colorado Fishing Violation, contact Attorney Nathaniel Gilbert to consult on your case and discuss your matter. You may have defenses available to you and should discuss your options with Nathaniel in order to reach the best resolution in your case.