576 Anglers participated in the 4th annual “Fishin’ for $50K”. Two tagged trout worth a potential $50,000 were caught during the event, but unfortunately neither carried the prized tag. Big trout winner was Gary Judd from Redlands, CA who brought a 8.10 lbs. trout good for $500 to the scales, Gary’s fish was caught on PowerBait, Berkley rewarded him with another $500. Adult female winner was Lisa Yocum, Upland CA with a 2.23 lbs. trout. Junior male was Jimmy Gillen, Yucaipa, CA with a 2.38 and Junior female winner was local Kaelee Haggerty, Big Bear Lake with her 2.28 lbs. trout. All received gift baskets, Shakespeare and Pflueger rod and reel combos, as well as, Flambeau tackle boxes stuffed with Rapala and Luhr-Jensen lures.
Besides the thousands of dollars of tackle and prizes given away, a part of each anglers entry fee will go towards enhancing the trout fishery on Big Bear Lake.