BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif./ May 5, 2011 – Today officials of The Big Bear Lake Resort Association announced they have put a bounty on a tagged trout for $50,000 at Big Bear Lake’s Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby June 11 and 12, 2011. An entire posse of ten tagged trout will roam the waters of Big Bear Lake during the Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby including one particular fish worth a fortune. The angler who reels in the most wanted tagged trout will take home $50,000!
“We’re calling all bounty hunters, or in this case bounty anglers, to come up to Big Bear to catch a tagged trout worth $50,000,” said Big Bear Lake Resort Association President and CEO Rick Shoup. “The grand prize is no pocket change. In fact, $50,000 could be very useful during these sluggish economic times.”
Prizes for the other nine tagged trout 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 10 to June 12. The amount of free entries is based on lodging occupancy per reservation. Up to four free entries is also given to participants who rent a pontoon boat on either day of the Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby at a participating marina in Big Bear Lake.
“We feel it’s important for our bounty anglers to have a place to rest their head after a long day of trying to track down Big Bear Lake’s most wanted fish. So it only makes sense to reward them with free entry into our fishing derby,” added Shoup.
An awards ceremony takes place Sunday, June 12 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.
This year anglers can win a brand new Cobra fishing kayak as part of a separate raffle to raise funds for Big Bear Municipal Water District’s fishery programs. Also, merchandise will be available for purchase with all proceeds going toward the fishery programs in Big Bear Lake.
Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby will be held Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 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.
Big Bear Lake Quick Facts:
Big Bear Lake is a fresh water lake that stretches seven miles long and is approximately one mile across at its widest point. Its maximum water depth is 72 feet 4 inches. The average depth is 35 feet. There are 22 miles of shoreline. Big Bear Lake is located in the San Bernardino Mountains at 6,743 feet altitude.