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March 24, 2014 | by Dan McKernan

Imagine reeling in a fish worth $50,000! On June 7 and 8 Big Bear Lake's Fishin' for $50K Trout Derby gives anglers the chance to do so. There are a total of fifteen 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 fifteen 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 fourteen 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 be awarded prizes too. 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.

There is a steep 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 only $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 (June 7-8) at a participating marina in Big Bear Lake receive up to four free entries.

An awards ceremony takes place Sunday, June 8 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. Anglers have a chance to win a brand new Cobra Kayak as part of a separate raffle.

Fishin' for $50K Trout Derby is Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. 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 or call 800-424-4232.

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.

March 24, 2014

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