On June 9 and 10, 2012, Big Bear Lake's "Fishin' for $50K" Trout Derby in Southern California gives anglers the chance to do so. There are a total of ten 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. Registration is now open and limited to 750 anglers, so register early!
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Prizes for the other nine tagged fish are good for Big Bear lodging and adventure packages. 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!" 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 9 to June 10. The amount of free entries is based on lodging occupancy per reservation. Up to four (4) free entries are also given to participants who rent a pontoon boat at a participating marina in Big Bear Lake the weekend of "Fishin’ for $50K" Trout Derby. 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. "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.