Take ’em Fishing


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Take Someone Fishing. Submit Pictures of Your Adventures. Win Prizes.

You love to fish. It’s how you enjoy a beautiful day, and how you relax after a stressful week. It’s an excuse to spend time outdoors, away from screens and obligations. And it’s the very best way you know to spend quality time with your favorite people. Fishing is where you share old memories and create new ones.

For a second year, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission challenges you to introduce someone to fishing. We challenge you to share your passion with someone you care about. It doesn’t matter if they’ve never fished before, or if they’ve just fallen out of the habit. Take ’em fishing. You’ll be glad you did.

First, take our pledge to show your commitment to taking someone fishing this year and helping keep the sport of fishing alive and well in Nebraska. Those who take the pledge can receive a pin or sticker.

Take the pledge

When you introduce – or reintroduce – someone new to fishing, snap a photo and fill out the form below. You’ll be registered to win great prizes, including 2020 Bass Tracker Classic XL boat with trailer, a kayak, gift cards, weekend stay at a Nebraska state park and more!

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How it works

Each time you go, submit a photo of yourself fishing with the person you took, tell us about your trip, and you’ll be automatically registered into our Take ’em Fishing drawing. Prize winners will be contacted by Nebraska Game and Parks and announced on social media.

Remember to buy your Nebraska fishing permit online, if you haven’t already. Youth 15 years old and younger do not need a permit.

Download the official rules and regulations to learn more.

Why fishing?

Anglers like you maintain the health of Nebraska’s lakes, streams and rivers. Money generated through the sale of fishing permits and aquatic habitat stamps is used to maintain healthy fisheries in Nebraska water bodies, and to improve access for anglers. We need your help to engage our next generation of anglers to ensure the health and vitality of Nebraska’s aquatic resources for generations to come.

Where to fish

Family Friendly Lakes are great for new anglers. These locations have a combination of barrier-free fishing access, fishing piers, fishing trails, groomed park areas, concessions, playgrounds, picnic shelters and highly maintained fish populations. If you are planning a family fishing adventure, use the interactive map below to locate family friendly lakes. You can also check the latest Fishing Guide for lakes with a Family-Friendly Lake designation.


2020 Success!

During the second year of our Take ’em Fishing challenge, we had more than 6,700 entries creating more than 3,200 new anglers. Visit our Facebook album featuring those new and re-introduced anglers, young and old, and their catches. If you participated last year, please take your beginner out again and submit a picture of every trip you take!