Anglers can register in person this Saturday, April 13 to participate in the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile Club’s 29th Annual Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament. It will be on Saturday, May 18 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. along a 13-mile stretch of Pine Creek between the Ansonia Bridge in Shippen Township and the Mill Street Bridge in Galeton Borough.
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. this Saturday, the opening day of the statewide trout season, register in advance and pick up bags, badges and maps at the snowmobile clubhouse at 4814 Route 6, 12 miles west of Wellsboro. Registration forms can be downloaded any time by visiting www.pagrandcanyonsnowmobileclub.com and can also be found at many businesses in the area.
The entry fee for adults is $20 through Wednesday, May 1 and $25 beginning May 2. The entry fee for youth under 16 is $15 now until the tournament.
Successful anglers who catch tagged fish during the tournament can win up to $14,000 in cash, merchandise and gift cards with each prize valued at $50 or more. The top prize is $1,000 in cash. There are also four $500 cash prizes.
What an angler wins is based on the luck of the draw due to a lottery-type system implemented in 2015. The angler has to bring his or her tagged fish in “live condition” to the check-in station. There, the angler will randomly draw a numbered Ping-Pong ball for each tagged fish he or she catches. The number on the ball is then matched to the corresponding number on the big prize board on the club’s front porch to determine what the prize is. That gives everyone a chance to win the $1,000 cash prize rather than the angler who happens to catch the “right fish” as was done in the past.
For information, call 717-881-9358 or the club at 570-724-2888 or visit the club’s website at www.pagrandcanyonsnowmobileclub.com or its Facebook page.