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Can moms in the land of 10,000 lakes catch 10,000 fish?

Let’s get reel, moms! Join the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Student Anglers Organization for a free virtual fishing challenge May 13-14, during Take a Mom Fishing Weekend. This year, like every year on Mother’s Day weekend, all moms across Minnesota can fish for free without a license. And new this year, we have the online Minnesota Moms Fishing Challenge for those who want even more fun!

Participation in the fishing challenge is free on Facebook and open to moms statewide. Just join the Facebook group and get your bait and camera ready! Submit one photo of each fish that you catch – all species and sizes welcome. Snap a photo and let your fish go, or keep it for dinner if it’s in season.

All participants who submit a fish will be entered in a random drawing for prizes provided by the Student Anglers Organization, including SCHEELS and Lund gift cards and Onyx inflatable lifejackets.

Let’s find out if Minnesota moms have what it takes to catch 10,000 fish in the land of 10,000 lakes.

Invite your mom to join in the fun!

How to participate

1. Join this Facebook group:

2. Invite your friends! This challenge is open to all moms in Minnesota – the more, the merrier.

3. On May 13 and 14 (from midnight to 11:59PM), post photos of your catches in the Facebook group.

  • Please post ONE photo of EACH fish so we can keep a count. Photo can be of the fish alone or of you holding it.
  • There is no minimum size, but feel free to share the species and length in your caption if you’d like.
  • Please only post photos of fish caught in Minnesota these two days. This is an honor system and it’s all just for fun.

4. Keep an eye on your Facebook messenger following the event as we will be reaching out to the randomly selected winners in the prize drawing.

  • Messages will be coming from the Student Angler Organization Facebook page
  • Odds for winning the random drawing are NOT affected by the number of fish you catch. Each participant will be entered one time.
  • After the challenge is over and prizes have been distributed, the group will be deleted.

Most of all, have fun and be safe! If you’re fishing from a boat, please wear your life jacket. Please check the 2023 fishing regulations to ensure you’re aware of the regulations of the lake, river or stream where you are fishing.


Learn to fish: 

  • All of the tools you need to help you get started fishing if you’re new to the sport.

How-to fishing guides:

Find your fishing spot:

Find a place to fish. The DNR has maps for 4,500 fishing lakes, trout streams, fishing piers, urban ponds, canoe landings and more.

Want to keep fishing after Take a Mom Fishing Weekend?

Safety is always in season. Plan a safe trip: