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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • $5000 fish hasn't been caught yet

  • LAKE WALLENPAUPACK WATERSHED- Somewhere in the 5,700 acre expanse of Lake Wallenpaupack- swimming free is a fish that has no idea in its watery world how valuable it is. This fish, not enriched by inheritance or by its own hard work or grit, is yet the richest fish in the whole lake and possibly in the 88 years the lake has been here, thanks to some enthusiastic water quality guardians.
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  • LAKE WALLENPAUPACK WATERSHED -Somewhere in the 5,700 acre expanse of Lake Wallenpaupack- swimming free is a fish that has no idea in its watery world how valuable it is. This fish, not enriched by inheritance or by its own hard work or grit, is yet the richest fish in the whole lake and possibly in the 88 years the lake has been here, thanks to some enthusiastic water quality guardians.
       This fish has been specially tagged to bring the lucky angler $5,000 if it is the first of 49 tagged fish caught in the ongoing "Cast for Cash" fishing derby.
       The fish doesn't even know it.
        Competition is increasing among anglers to discover which one it is. Nick Spinelli, Administrator of the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed District (LWWMD), host of the contest, said at their June 18th board meeting that 615 people have registered for the contest as of that day. On May 30th, only 383 had signed up. As of only a day before, on June 17, there were 580 registered.
       A big surge may have resulted from the annual appeal letter the non-profit Watershed District recently sent out, to 8,700 property owners living within a mile of the 52-mile shoreline. "Cast for Cash" was mentioned.
        Spinelli said that so far, no one has caught a tagged fish, in accordance to the contest rules.
         The fishing derby began May 23rd and runs through September 30th. Each tagged fish carries a special prize; numerous local businesses have sponsored this first-time event. Registrations must be done online at www.wallenpaupackwatershed.org, where the rules and regulations are found.
        Keith Williams, District board member, said that 75% of the registrants are from Pennsylvania; 15% are from New Jersey and 5% are from New York State. About 10 other states are represented as well. Due to Pennsylvania law, Florida residents cannot enter.
    The LWWMD meets on the third Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. For more information call 570-226-3865 or visit www.wallenpaupackwatershed.org.
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