Contest encourages mentors to share their expertise and love of fishing. 

You know the old adage: give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is calling all fishing aficionados to break out the tackle and teach someone new the ins and outs of this favorite pastime.  

If you love fishing, and you love winning stuff, do we have just the thing for you! CPW has partnered with Colorado fishing companies to help spread the love of fishing to adults in the state. The contest seeks to encourage anglers to mentor new fishermen and fisherwomen, teaching them the hows and techniques that will reel in the big catch. The contest started on April 1 and will be open until February 28, 2020.

And it's pretty simple, according to CPW. "Take a beginner angler out and be entered 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," says the contest website. You can read more on the Take a Friend Fishing website

Qualifications to Participate:

  • Mentor and mentee must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Contest participants must follow all applicable Colorado fishing regulations. 
  • Mentor must have had a Colorado fishing license before the start of the contest.
  • Mentees must have obtained their first-ever fishing license in 2018 or 2019.
  • Check out the official rules.
  • Enter on the Take a Friend Fishing website


As if teaching others what you love isn't enough reward, if your submission is selected there are several amazing prizes to be won, as well!

$300 bait assortment with case for trout, bass, walleye, and panfish

DX Custom Lures
Two $300 sets of custom, handmade lures

Eagle Claw
Raptor rod/reel combo
Skeet Reese rod/reel combo

Ross Reels
Fly reels, matched and paired with rods  

SaraBella Fishing
Two custom women's fly fishing rods paired with a Ross reel

Scotts Fly Rods
Scott fly road paired with a Ross Reel

Topo Designs
Two Mountain Packs
Two Quick Packs

Yampa Rod Company
Two Banshee rods paired with a Ross reel

Zen Tenkara
Two Zako rods with floating line
Two Suzume rods with floating line

Learn more or submit your picture and story on the CPW website

Want to get paid to fish? Catch Northern Pike at certain locations in the state, and CPW will do just that!