Fishing for Big Bucks

Big Bear is fishing to hand out $50,000 to whoever catches a trout tagged with the grand prize

Want to snag a fortune? Literally?

Well head to Big Bear Lake this weekend and you could have a chance to snag a fish worth $50,000.

It's called the Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby, and officials have put a tag on one very special trout.

Catch it and you take home 50,000 smackers, as well as the trout.

"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,"  Big Bear Lake Resort Association President and CEO Rick Shoup said in a press release. "The grand prize is no pocket change. In fact, $50,000 could be very useful during these sluggish economic times."

"I didn't even know they paid 50 Grand for a fish," says Richard Willman, a Pedley Resident. "I'm just wondering how big this thing is? Do I need 100 pound test line, or what?"

There are prizes for nine other tagged trout.

Catch one of those and you could win a Big Bear lodging and adventure package.

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!”

And if you stay at least one night at a Big Bear Lake Resort Association lodge from June 10 to June 12, you don't even have to pay the entry fee for the contest.

"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.

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. The entry fee is $40 for adults and $25 for participants under age 16. Entries are limited to the first 750 registered anglers.

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

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