BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif./ May 23, 2012 – Big Bear Lake Resort Association will pay $50,000 to an angler that reels in the grand prize tagged trout at the 4th Annual Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby June 9 and 10, 2012. There are a total of ten tagged trout at the Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby including one particular fish worth the big bucks of $50,000. It’s the perfect payout for someone looking to get over the hump of this sluggish economy, and the odds are much better than playing the lottery.


“Whether you call it bread, moolah, greenbacks, lettuce or clams it’s a big chunk of money,” said Fishin’ for $50K Tournament Director Alan Sharp. “Just think one fish equals 50,000 clams.”

Prizes for the other nine tagged trout are good for Big Bear lodging and adventure packages. Last year two of the ten tagged trout were caught. 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 junior 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 8 to June 10. 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.

An awards ceremony takes place Sunday, June 10 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.

Anglers have a chance to 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 9 and Sunday, June 10 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Entry is $55 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 Berkley PowerBait 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 visit or call 800-424-4232.

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