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PA Anglers Land Nearly Dozen Prize-Winning Fish from Cabela's Contest
May 27, 2011
Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania anglers have landed nearly a dozen prize-winning fish as part of Cabela's "Wanna Go Fishing for Million?" national contest, including one fish that may carry a $9,000 prize. As a partner in the contest, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) tagged fish in eight waterways across the state.

Cabela's today confirmed that 11 tags have been submitted as part of the contest. The participants and the fish they caught are currently being verified, including one fish with a potential $9,000 award. Tagged fish have been caught in Raystown Lake, Penns Creek, Lake Nockamixon, Lake Wallenpaupack and Foster Joseph Sayers Lake.

The PFBC is reminding the public that the contest coincides with the first of the agency's Fish-For-Free Days, scheduled for Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. On this "fishing holiday," the public can fish for free anywhere in the state. No license is required.

In conjunction with the Cabela's contest, the PFBC will hold Fish-for-Free events on Memorial Day at six of the waters containing tagged fish. The events will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at:

“Fish-for-Free days are a convenient way to introduce friends and family to the sport of fishing,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Many families spend the day at lakes and parks throughout the state. Now they can try fishing at no cost. We know that once people try it, particularly kids, they will see that fishing is a great recreational activity and they will want to do it more.”

In addition to providing free fishing tips, PFBC outreach and education staff will have exhibits, free publications and more at the six selected sites. The second Fish-for-Free Day is Labor Day, Sept. 5.

The remaining two waters in the Cabela’s contest include:

  • Penns Creek (Centre County) — Tagged fish include rainbow trout.
  • Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park (Butler County) — Tagged fish include largemouth bass and walleye.

For more information about Fish-for-Free Days and Cabela's contest, visit the PFBC website at: www./

The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at


Eric Levis

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