HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 27) – Launched on May 4, this is the third year that the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has partnered with Cabela’s for their national tagged-fish contest. This year’s “Fish for Millions” contest is drawing thousands of Pennsylvania contestants and some pretty big winnings! With the contest end looming on July 7, prize-winning brown trout, crappie, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and walleye have been caught at Emsworth Pool on the Ohio and Allegheny Rivers, Foster Joseph Sayers Lake, Keystone Lake, Lake Arthur, Lake Wallenpaupack, Pinchot Lake, Pine Creek and Presque Isle Bay.
Of the top winners in the Commonwealth, Raymond Biddle Jr. of Jefferson Hills, Pa., Wayne Ziegler of Butler, Pa., George McGrady of Carnegie, Pa., and Doug Antill of Titusville, Pa., stand out as the top winners, thus far. McGrady and Antill each have won an Ultimate Fishing Gear Package worth $2,500, Ziegler has won a $5,000 Cabela’s Shopping Spree and Biddle has won a Ranger Bass Boat worth $60,000.
“Cabela’s continues to be a great partner by providing these prizes to Pennsylvania anglers, and we’re glad to see so many top winners,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway.
Raymond Biddle caught his winning largemouth bass on Keystone Lake, Keystone State Park. After registering on Cabela’s website earlier this year, Ray has been actively fishing for a prize-winning fish. At 48-years-old, he’s been fishing since 2007, starting as a shore angler. In 2010, he then became a boat angler with regular fishing trips to Keystone Lake. Ray says it all started when his wife wanted to go camping at Keystone State Park in a newly purchased camper. While there, he figured that he’d try his hand at fishing and has been “hooked” ever since. When he initially caught the fish, Ray said that he was shaking, shocked and amazed. While he knew that finding the million-dollar-tagged fish was like “finding a needle in a hay field,” finding any of the prize-winning-tagged fish was still like “finding a needle in a haystack.” In addition to fishing on Keystone Lake, Ray also fishes on the Monongahela River where he says that fishing for largemouth bass just keeps getting better and better.
Asked what Ray plans to do next week, during the July 4th holiday, he responded that he’ll be camping with some family and friends at Keystone Lake. He plans to take advantage of the July 4th Fish-for-free Day to introduce others to what he knows is a rewarding experience on multiple levels—that is, fishing in Pennsylvania.
As a reminder, the 12 Pennsylvania contest waters are:
• Blue Marsh Lake, Berks County
• Emsworth Pool, Monongahela River, Mile 0 to 11, Allegheny County
• Foster Joseph Sayers Lake, Centre County
• Gifford Pinchot Lake, York County
• Keystone Lake, Westmoreland County
• Lackawanna Lake, Lackawanna County
• Lake Arthur, Butler County
• Lake Nockamixon, Bucks County
• Lake Wallenpaupack, Pike/Wayne Counties
• Pine Creek, Potter/Tioga/Lycoming/Clinton Counties
• Presque Isle Bay, Erie County
• Raystown Lake, Huntingdon County
To register for Cabela’s “Fish for Millions” contest: http://www.cabelas.com/
For more information about Pennsylvania contest waters for Cabela’s “Fish for Millions” contest: http://www.fishandboat.com/
For more information about the July 4thFish-for-Free Day: http://fishandboat.com/