Cabela’s Wanna Go Fishing for Millions contest has released the Pennsylvania waters that will be stocked with specially tagged fish, for the contest that starts May 5 and ends July 8.
The list is as follows:
* Blue Marsh Lake – Berks County
* Emsworth Pool – Pittsburg, Allegheny County
* Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Centre County
* Keystone Lake – Westmoreland County
* Gifford Pinchot Lake – York County
* Lake Arthur – Butler County
* Lake Luxembough – Bucks County
* Lake Nockamixon – Bucks County
* Lake Wallenpaupack – Pike/Wayne counties
* Pine Creek – Potter/Tioga/Lycoming/Clinton counties
* Presque Isle Bay – Erie County
* Raystown Lake – Huntingdon County
We’re fortunate here in the Allentown area that there are three waters close to home. And actually Lake Wallenpaupack is not a bad drive and some area folks have summer homes there. But it’s big water and a lot of water to cover to luck into a possible “Million Dollar Fish.”
For example, during last years Cabela’s contest there were 15-tagged fish stocked in Lake Nockamixon but only three were caught and received prizes. One unknowing angler caught a tagged contest fish but released it because he wasn’t aware of what it was.
And during a media kickoff for the contest at Cabela’s today (5-3), John Arway, PF&BC’s executive director, provided some new details about the contest. Arway said that the number of waters to be stocked with Cabela’s stocked fish was increased from eight to 12 this year. And he announced that Pennsylvania had 17,000 out of the 93,000 anglers who registered countrywide for the contest, the most of any state.
In his press presentation, Arway said that PF&BC fisheries biologists were the ones who picked the waters to be stocked with particular species of fish and who actually did the secret stocking on May 1. He pled the “Fifth” when asked the number of fish to be stocked in Pennsylvania. But he added that a PF&BC biologist doing a fish survey at Lake Wallenpaupack recently, netted one of last years tagged fish.
Harold Luther, Cabela’s event coordinator announced that during last years contest, 143-tagged fish were caught in the Keystone State and one was a $10,000 fish. However, no one caught the million dollar fish in the entire country.
Of particular interest is that although trout are on the list to be stocked, the only place in Pennsylvania they could survive, according to Ted Walke, PF&BC communications director, is in the colder waters of Pine Creek in Potter/Lycoming/Clinton counties.
And although largemouth bass are also on the list to be stocked, and since they cannot be creeled until June 16 when bass season officially opens, anglers catching a tagged largemouth need only remove the tag and quickly release the fish. The tag (and a photo would be nice), is all that’s needed to claim a Cabela’s prize according to Luther. And everyone who registers for the contest at Cabela’s will receive a Cabela’s hat and t-shirt while the quantities last.
In his speech, Arway said that the Cabela’s contest is a superb way of promoting fishing in Pennsylvania and although a fishing license is needed, the May 28 (Memorial Day) Fish for Free Day would allow anyone to catch a Cabela’s tagged fish.
For anglers trying to figure out what species to pursue, check the PF&BC’s website and click on the Cabela’s ad for the contest and you’ll see where and what fish were caught in Pennsylvania. Largemouth’s hold the majority but I would think walleye would be the tougher of the species to lure to hook since bass are extremely popular among area anglers.
Pennsylvania caught fish tags can be returned to Cabela’s in Hamburg to claim a prize. The tags are imprinted with a code plus www.CABELAS.COM/FISHFORMILLIONS on one side of the green tag. Last year, the tags were yellow in color.
For more information and registration information on the contest check either www.cabelas,com/fishformillions or www.fishand boatcom/fishformillions.htm websites.
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