Take a Friend Fishing Contest

For the third consecutive year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and our partner Colorado fishing companies are encouraging anglers to take a friend fishing. As a reward for sharing your expertise and love of fishing, we’ve created a contest for mentors who take the time to pass on their knowledge. NEW THIS YEAR, we are now offering prizes for the mentor as well as the mentee!

Mentors, take a beginner angler out or mentees encourage an experienced angler to teach you how to fish and enter to win some great prizes by submitting a photograph and brief story of your time on the water. Submissions will be judged by their ability to inspire.  

Winners will be selected at three different times throughout the year (July, October & February). Contest winners will get to choose from the prizes listed below. Both the mentor as well as the mentee will receive a prize. All prizes retail between $300-$600! 

  • Mentor and mentee must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Mentees must meet one of these criteria:
    • Never had a fishing license until 2021
    • Only had a fishing license in 2020 (e.g. a second year angler)
    • Not had a fishing license in the past five consecutive years (i.e. since 2016)
  • Contest participants must follow all applicable Colorado fishing regulations.
  • Mentor must have had a Colorado fishing license before the start of the contest.


See the official rules.


  • 6 hour guided boat fishing trip for two provided by Northern Colorado Fishing Outfitters – $475
  • Full day guided fly fishing trip for two provided by Trouts Fly Fishing – $495
  • Yeti coolers – $300
  • Full beginner fly fishing set up (rod/reel combo, tippet, leaders, tools, and fly box with 60 files) from Ascent Fly Fishing – $400
  • Full beginner spin casting set up (rod/reel combo, net, and tackle box with over $300 worth of gear and lures) – $400
  • Full ice fishing set ups including; sled, auger, rods/reels, and pop up shelter – $600
  • Hand crafted fly fishing reels from Ross Reels – $350 to $500
  • Premium Fly fishing rods from Orvis – $450 to $550
  • Premium Fly fishing rods from Yampa Rod Company – $350 to $450
  • Tenkara rods from Zen Tenkara – $300
  • Belly boat with accessories (fins & pump) – $300
  • 60 quart polar cap coolers from Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s – $300
  • Each winner will also receive a year subscription to Colorado Outdoors Magazine.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds anglers that it is up to you to recreate responsibly. Plan to research and understand any specific guidance, ordinances, and restrictions in place for your favorite fishing spots – know before you go.

Take a Friend Fishing Partners

Take a Friend Fishing Partners