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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Planning on Big Lake fishing derby

  • LAKE WALLENPAUPACK - Details are coming together for the first fishing derby hosted by the 35-year old Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD). PA Fish & Boat Commission has agreed to assist by tagging the fish, which will be linked to prizes, the top being at least $5,000.
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  • LAKE WALLENPAUPACK - Details are coming together for the first fishing derby hosted by the 35-year old Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD). PA Fish & Boat Commission has agreed to assist by tagging the fish, which will be linked to prizes, the top being at least $5,000.
       Since the March meeting, the LWWMD has released a sponsorship form welcoming local businesses to jump aboard and host prizes as well as sponsorship money for the top fish. These sponsorship forms are due back by April 15th.
       Sponsorship levels are listed on the form, as well as how participation will bring the sponsor exposure.
       The sponsorship form and all the details are found at the District's web site, www.wallenpaupackwatershed.org, by clicking the link at top, "Cast for Cash."
       District Administrator Nick Spinelli told the LWWMD board March 12th that a lot had been done in the past few weeks. Based on Cabella's successful fishing derby held the past three years in multiple states, the LWWMD is limiting this derby of course to Lake Wallenpaupack. Up to 50 fish, of any and all species will be tagged.
       To claim the $5,000, the fish with this tag must be the first one caught. If it isn't, then the second-highest prize, $500 will be awarded if that fish is the first to be reeled in. Local businesses are invited to participate with prizes for the other tagged fish. A person must be registered first, in order to claim a prize should a tagged fish be caught.
       A tagged fish may be caught and then released, if the fish wasn't in season. The tag would need to be clipped.
       The contest will run from May 23 to September 30. There will be no charge to register. Anglers will be welcome to register on the LWWMD web site. If there are any unclaimed prizes at the end of the derby, these will be raffled off for a donation for the water quality-protection efforts of the LWWMD.
        An outside company, Promosis, which handled Cabella's derby in 2013, is doing much of the administration.
       Cabella offered a top prize of $1 million and included fish in four lakes of Pennsylvania, including Wallenpaupack. Pennsylvania had the highest participation, with 9,000 registered with Cabella last year.
         While no one knows how popular the District's derby will be, Spinelli said he was cautiously optimistic for 1,000 registrations. He said they could expect a big draw from eastern Pennsylvania, as well as New York State and New Jersey.
         The board discussed different ways to get the word out,including partnering with other organizations that have contact lists, alerting fishing clubs, media and at public education programs the District plans to do about protecting water quality.
    Page 2 of 2 -      New York State anglers will be allowed to participate in the District's derby, because the surety bond is much lower given the smaller top prize. New York wasn't included in the Cabella derbies.
       Prizes will be announced at the end of the contest.
       Chairman Tom Mueller said he expected that all the details will be ready by their April meeting.
       The LWWMD web site is found at www.wallenpaupackwatershed.org. The office may be reached at 570-226-3865. Their meetings are normally held on the third Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center.

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