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Winners of the 2020 Winter Giveaway

Blog by: Matt Snider , CO 1/8/2021
We have picked the winners in the FishExplorer 2020 Winter Giveaway!  Emails are going out today to the randomly-picked winners, so if your FishExplorer nickname is on the list below check for that email from me.  If you don't see it, wait a minute and then as they say, check your spam/junk folder and any other place it might have weaseled its way into.

89 folks won prizes this year ranging from fishing trips to gift cards to fishing gear. I hope this makes your week a bit brighter!  Of course not everyone can win, so to those that tried but came up empty, there's always next year.  We'll be doing it again!

This annual event is an effort to focus on the importance of fishing condition reports for the lakes and rivers we cover here on This April will mark our 15th year since launching the website.  Back in 2005 when I was building the basic concept and structure of FishExplorer, it revolved solely around a catalog of lakes. After launching in April 2006 many things came to surround this, but still to this day the core of FishExplorer remains to be the catalog of lakes and rivers and the updates required to maintain them.

Keeping this catalog updated is an ongoing 24/7 process and it relies on numbers of committed anglers willing to help. So if you leave this blog with one thought, may it be this as we venture forth: help maintain this resource by contributing reports on a continual basis, or if you're not able to do that then please support FishExplorer with an FxR+ Subscription.  It all goes towards the end goal of having good through information at hand to, quite simply, just go fishing!

I wish you all the best this winter and this spring, all the way through summer and fall, and for all year until we do this again!

Here is the list of winners picked for the 2020 Winter Giveaway (by nickname in alphabetical order):

10klakes, Acefisherman, Ajax5240, Assassin, basshead, Bhillwv, BigAl27, Bobby81, bottom_pounder, Bottomsnagger, Boynamedsous, brookieflyfisher, brooksey, BttB, BuffsnRox, Captain Clarence, Captain Doughball, chodeman, CHRISMAS, CoFishMeister, CoNative1986, cookster, Cuzn E, Dakota Dude, dango, dano1, doozy, Fatboy2003, FisherMan29, FishGrand, fishingfreak, fishrmurri, FishSeal, fishthumpre, FlyzXtrem e, fom, Get The Net!, Good Sam, Goosehunter82, Gurnman, Gwill, Hawkman, HeavyC, heryantoch, illusivenick, James Woods, Jamesbo, jibber, jpglobal61, jshanko, KAK, Kenny Rukspin, kentuckyboyincolorado, Kev-o, khutch51, Kithme, luresforall, mackman16, merleb, MountainGrown, mrpike17, mswomyn, Muskie NM, myanke2000, n/a, oneeye, phidoux, Pike Master, Powderhound23, Raskal, riper69, Rodbender, Ryanrox, Salmon Slayer, ScottyRN, snasman, spicyhombre, Steve75, strangebow, superfish, Tbubb, the legend, threeqtrirish, toga, Troutman50, why, Wounded Woodpecker, Wreckstar, yard dogs
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Blog Comments
anglerwannabe, 1/8/2021 1:17:10 PM
Congratulations everyone! And to the poor soul that won the mystery box... Matt allowed me to contribute to it! lol
spicyhombre, 1/8/2021 1:25:34 PM
Thanks Matt and all of the generous folks who donated (even Jim). I won the Cutthroat Custom Net which is an absolute work of art.That will be perfect inspiration to spend more time Tenkara fishing this summer!
Goosehunter82, 1/8/2021 1:34:44 PM
Again huge thanks to Matt. There is a lot of time that goes into this event.
Kenny Rukspin, 1/8/2021 1:53:11 PM
Thank you to Matt and Elkhorn Fly Shop in Loveland, who contributed the Elkhorn Traveler Series 9ft, 5wt Fly Rod.
Ajax5240, 1/8/2021 2:18:24 PM
Big thanks to Matt and all the sponsors!! Looks like my walls will be adorned with some cool new brown trout art! Can't wait to see it!
yard dogs, 1/8/2021 2:22:33 PM
Thank you thank you thank you!
Hawaiian Punch, 1/8/2021 2:30:41 PM
The winner for the ice package has been in touch with me and will be coming from Pueblo on Sunday to pick up the swag . . .I'll get some pictures for you folks when he's here picking up the stuff. HP
BuffsnRox, 1/8/2021 3:43:52 PM
Thanks again for all the FxR staff does. This website would be a value with just the lake and river intel. Adding things like this in just makes me continually grateful to be a part of this community.
D-Zilla, 1/8/2021 4:24:49 PM
You misspelled my name in the list.....oh wait..... Congrats to all the winners, maybe I'll get lucky next year!
panfishin, 1/8/2021 4:37:23 PM
congrats to the winners! thanks for putting all of this together Matt and thanks to all of those who are donating gear/merch/time!!
Kev-o, 1/8/2021 4:49:13 PM
Thank you for doing this every year Matt we appreciate it! Congratulations to all the winners! 🎣
why, 1/8/2021 5:48:24 PM
thank you Matt and Dynamic lures, cant wait to try them out. thanks
CHRISMAS, 1/8/2021 5:52:03 PM
Thank you Matt and the whole Fishexplorer staff for everything!
team FMFO , 1/8/2021 6:03:17 PM
Congrats to all who won ! I have won twice in 9 years and thank you for that. :)
Ryanrox, 1/8/2021 6:36:24 PM
Thanks Matt, this was my first year and got lucky and won something. Love this site. Keep up the good work.
Boynamedsous, 1/8/2021 6:48:02 PM
Thanks Matt, Fish Explorer is an awesome forum.
Kithme, 1/8/2021 7:03:03 PM
Awesome. 2021 is starting off well. I want to thank my parents for instilling in me, hard work and integrity. I also want to thank my family for their patience. It was difficult and the effort put in has paid off. 😉 Thanks Thanks Matt. Thanks fishexplorer.
FishSeal, 1/8/2021 7:29:36 PM
Thank you MATT! Thank you FxR! Thank you to all the contributors for a great Winter Giveaway. I look forward to fishing with you Matt... it has been too long. FS
fom, 1/8/2021 7:35:35 PM
Thanks Matt , I won the water purifier !!
Muskie NM, 1/8/2021 9:24:14 PM
Sweet thank you matt for the opportunity. Got a do- it jig mold.
chodeman, 1/8/2021 9:51:03 PM
Thanks Matt and everyone that sponsors and contributes to this site and giveaway! I won the Ego Tackle Bag and will absolutely be putting it to good use!
Tbubb, 1/8/2021 10:06:20 PM
Thanks FxR and Dynamic! I got drawn for one of the HD Ice packages! I bought one to try it once and used it with some success on Trout, and much to my surprise, also Kokes. But I got it snagged and lost it. Looking forward to trying out a few more in colors and seeing what I can hook up with!
Troutman50, 1/8/2021 11:12:07 PM
Troutman 50 Thanks FxR for putting this great giveaway on I will put that Brella Rain jacket to use
SGM, 1/9/2021 9:42:56 AM
Congratulations to all the winners, Beal contest as always.
ELVIS, 1/9/2021 6:06:56 PM
Congratulations to all the winners
FlyzXtrem e, 1/9/2021 8:13:45 PM
Thanks Matt & to all involved to make this giveaway happen!
myanke2000, 1/9/2021 8:22:45 PM
Thanks Matt. I won one of the wallaroo hats.
HeavyC, 1/10/2021 4:06:00 AM
I am humbled once again! Thanks, thank you so much! HC Out!
Hawkman, 1/10/2021 4:56:23 PM
Thank you too Matt and everyone at fish explorer, huge shout out to Hawaii punch! Me and the wife are excited to get out on the ice with H.P's ice fishing swag that I won and picked up today! Will post pictures of the trip out when we get out real soon!
MJMCPO, 1/10/2021 8:29:55 PM
Awesome this was great! Congrats to everyone that helped out with the packages and all the winners!
Captain Clarence, 1/11/2021 1:09:33 PM
Thanks everyone! Can't wait to find a new fishing spot on my new maps.
FishingApex, 1/12/2021 8:12:04 PM
Congrats to all the winners. Thanks FxR for doing this every year.
merleb, 1/13/2021 9:24:49 AM
Thanks Matt and FxR! My old map book was getting so torn up that I could hardly use it, but now I can't wait to use the new map book that I won. Thanks again!
n/a, 1/14/2021 1:59:38 PM
n/a john g I should change my sign in thanks Matt and FxR first win, sunglasses and hat from Rheos
10klakes, 1/14/2021 2:40:24 PM
Thank you Sponsors!
Pike Master, 1/15/2021 3:34:22 AM
2021 is definitely off to a great start! Thank you so much, and a big shout out to all of he sponsors!!
mrpike17, 1/15/2021 7:23:38 PM
The Fogg Toggs rain jacket arrived today! Thanks Matt, FishEx and all the sponsors.
Pike Master, 1/18/2021 2:20:23 PM
A big thanks to Outdoor Element! I love my new camp stove and pot gripper/fuel canister recycle tool! Canít wait to try them both out!!
Get The Net!, 1/19/2021 11:17:45 AM
Thanks Matt! I won a hat from Wallaroo Hat Company. It was delivered yesterday. Great quality, canít wait to wear it fishing.
superfish, 1/19/2021 9:12:45 PM
I won SIMMS WADERS! fishexplorer is my go-to for first hand fishing info. Thank you sponsors!
FishHuntNow, 1/21/2021 2:36:18 PM
Congrats yall!