Big Bear Lake hosts trout derby

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BIG BEAR LAKE – Ever Imagined reeling in a fish worth $50,000?            

If you have, the Big Bear Lake’s Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby gives anglers a chance at reeling in a fish worth $50,000 during the annual event, June7-8.            

There are a total of 15 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.            

“We hope to see all 15 tagged fish caught. We want to give away as many prizes as we possibly can, especially the grand prize,” said Big Bear Visitors Bureau director of operations Rebecca Hrabia. “Catching a tagged fish is like scratching a winning lottery ticket”            

Prizes for the remaining 14 tagged trout caught in the Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby are eligible for a cash prize of $150 per tagged trout. In addition to tagged trout prizes, anglers who catch the largest trout (by weight) in four different classes will also be awarded prizes. The four classes are adult male/female and junior male/female (under age 16). A bonus prize of $500 is awarded to the overall largest trout (by weight) caught on Pautzke Fire Bait.            

An awards ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, June 8 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. Anglers have a chance to win a brand new Cobra Kayak as part of a separate raffle.             There is a discount of up to 75 percent off for participants who stay at least one night at a Big Bear Visitors Bureau lodge from June 6 to June 8. The entry fee for participants who stay overnight is $15 per person. The amount of discounted entries is based on lodging occupancy per reservation.            

Fishin’ for $50K participants also have an opportunity to get free entry. Anglers who rent a pontoon boat for one or both days of the Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby at a participating marina in Big Bear Lake receive up to four free entries.             

The Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby is 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8. Entry is $60 for adults and $30 for participants under age 16. Entries are limited to the first 750 registered anglers. Each contestant receives a free jar of Pautzke Fire Bait 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 including discounted entry with lodging or free entry with a pontoon boat rental visit bigbear.com or call (800) 424-4232. 

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