Take’em Fishing Challenge Returns, Four Grand Prizes Available

LINCOLN – A six-month long challenge will allow adults to share experience of the sport of fishing.

According to a release from the Game and Parks Commission, it’s about the excitement of felling the tug of the line in your fingers for the first time and about the sound of someone’s first catch, big or small.

The 2022 Take’em Fishing challenge began on April 15 and will last until September 15. Game and Parks Commission officials say it’s about the memories made and the adventures to come.

Participants in the 2022 Nebraska Game and Parks fishing challenge will have a chance to win adventures through this year’s four grand prizes. Three winners will earn a ‘Stay and Play’ fishing adventure including a two-night cabin stay plus fishing and outdoor gear while one winner will be awarded a ‘Float and Play’ fishing adventure including a kayak plus fishing and outdoor gear.

Other prizes include a lifetime fishing permit for a Nebraska youth, fishing gear and more. To be eligible for the grand prizes or other giveaways, anglers should take a beginner fishing between April 15 and September 15, snap a photo of the experience and submit it online at outdoornebraska.org/takeemfishing.

Dean Rosenthal, Fisheries Division administrator said, “fishing is fun, convenient and a great way to spend time outdoors with family and friends. And we know it’s because of anglers and their passion that we are able to maintain the health of Nebraska’s lakes, streams and rivers.”

Anglers help conservation efforts at Nebraska water bodies and improve access through the purchase of their fishing license and aquatic habitat stamp. These dollars help support the development and improvement of great fishing spots, such as at Fort Robinson State Park in northwest Nebraska and at Conestoga State Recreation Area in the southeast, as well as dozens of ponds, lakes and streams in between.

Rosenthal added, “without the support of anglers, these projects wouldn’t be possible. Take someone fishing because more anglers ensure the health and vitality of Nebraska’s aquatic resources for generations to come.”

Since the start of the annual challenge in 2019, nearly 14,000 beginning angler experiences have been submitted to the program.

Learn more, or see a gallery of participants, at outdoornebraska.org/takeemfishing.

For fishing resources, including top places to fish, angling tips and fishing stockings, visit outdoornebraska.org/howtofish.