REEL MONEY: Catch a Tagged Trout Worth $50,000 at Big Bear Lake’s Fishin’ for $50K

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Jun 03, 2010



BIG BEAR LAKE  – Imagine reeling in a fish worth $50,000! On June 5 and 6 Big Bear Lake’s Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby gives anglers the chance to do so. There are a total of ten tagged trout at the Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby including one particular fish worth the big bucks. The angler who bags the grand prize tagged trout will win $50,000.

“The only way to win the big bucks is to sign up for our Fishin’ for $50K contest,” said Big Bear Lake Resort Association CEO Rick Shoup. “All it takes is some fishing gear, bait, patience and a little luck.”  

Prizes for the other nine tagged fish are good for Big Bear lodging and adventure packages. In addition to tagged fish, anglers who catch the largest fish (by weight) in four different classes will be awarded prizes too. The four classes are adult male/female and child male/female (under age 16). A bonus prize of $500 is awarded to the overall largest trout (by weight) caught on Berkley PowerBait, sponsored by Berkley “Catch More Fish!”

Free entry is given to Fishin’ for 50K participants who stay at least one night at a Big Bear Lake Resort Association lodge from June 4 to June 6. The amount of free entries is based on lodging occupancy per reservation. Free entry is also given to participants who rent a pontoon boat at a participating marina in Big Bear Lake the weekend of Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby. 

“How about that, not only do anglers have a chance to win $50,000, but they have an opportunity to sign up for free,” added Shoup.

An awards ceremony takes place Sunday, June 6 at 3 p.m. in the Big Bear Visitor Center parking lot located at 630 Bartlett Road (in the Village). The awards ceremony includes a general raffle with thousands of dollars worth of fishing gear, bait and tackle from national manufacturers. Tagged fish that have not been redeemed, with the exception of the tagged fish for $50,000 grand prize, will be donated to the general raffle.

Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby will be held Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Entry is $40 for adults and $25 for participants under age 16. Entries are limited to the first 750 registered anglers. Each contestant receives a free jar of Berkley PowerBait and a wristband that provides discounts at participating Big Bear restaurants, shops and specialty services.

For rules and regulations or to register for the event visit www.bigbear.com or call 800-4-BIG BEAR (800-424-4232).

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