HOT SPRINGS (AGFC) – Big Al is back, and this time he's bringing a bigger gang.
Annual Hot Springs Fishing Challenge, which runs from May 1 through
July 31, will have a total prize pool of $75,000, compared to $60,000.
number of tagged prize fish placed in Lake Hamilton and Lake Catherine
also will be increased — from 53 to 60, Visit Hot Springs CEO Steve
Arrison says. "The Fishing Challenge has proved to be so popular with
Hot Springs residents as well as with our visitors that we thought it
was time to ramp up the number of potential winning fish and the prize
money," Arrison said. "Judging from the responses we got during the
first two Fishing Challenges, we view the contest as a real source of
positive attention to the great fishing available in Hot Springs.
again, we are partnering with our friends at the Arkansas Game and Fish
Commission and the Andrew Hulsey Fish Hatchery to bring this fun-filled
contest to the people of Arkansas and our visitors. They select and tag
the prize fish for us and they supervise the release of the fish into
the lakes. Without them we could not possibly stage the Challenge."
The 2014 Hot Springs $75,000 Fishing Challenge will begin at 6 a.m. on May 1 and end at 5 p.m. July 31.
The total number of tagged prize fish released into Lakes Hamilton and Catherine will include:
1 fish, known as Big Al — $10,000
4 fish (up from 2 last year) — $5,000 each
35 fish (up from 30 last year) — $1,000 each
20 fish — $500 each
first two years, the grand prize fish, nicknamed Big Al, was not
caught, Arrison said. "So we hope this year to hand some lucky angler a
check for $10,000, in addition to prizes for 59 more tagged fish."
Here is how the Fishing Challenge works:
The contest is open to anyone with a valid Arkansas fishing license.
Employees of the Hot Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission, the
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at the Andrew H. Hulsey Fish Hatchery,
and their immediate family members, and/or those living in the same
household of each are ineligible to win a cash prize.
How It Works: Sixty
tagged fish (total) will be released in Lake Hamilton and Lake
Catherine. The fish released will be largemouth bass, bluegill,
catfish, white bass, crappie and walleye. The tags will have a phone
number and a prize number on them. If a fish is caught the angler must
call the number and present the fish with the tag attached.
fish will be tagged by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and
released in both lakes by a neutral third party. No one will know the
exact location of the release points except for this individual.
cash prize will be awarded to any participant presenting a tagged fish
that has been caught other than during the fishing period. Tags must be
presented during the fishing period to be redeemed. All tagged fish must
be caught in accordance with all state and local laws, codes, rules and
regulations. Rules and regulations can be found at: http://www.agfc.com/fishing/Pages/FishingRegulations.aspx
No cash prizes will be awarded to any participant who does not comply with state and local laws, codes, rules and regulations.
Each angler who catches a prize fish grants Visit Hot Springs the
rights to use their name, likeness, biographical information, and
photographs, without compensation, in any and all media without
limitation for advertising and promotional purposes.
General Prize Conditions: Prize winners shall be solely responsible for all federal, state and/or local taxes associated with their prize.
Prize Distribution: The tagged fish will each be assigned a number.
possible prize money if all fish are caught during the contest period
is $75,000. For additional information on the Fishing Challenge call
Steve Arrison at 501-321-2027.