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Hot Springs Fishing Challenge Prize Money Boosted to $60,000

The contestant who brings in "Big Al the Second," wins the $10,000 grand prize.
HOT SPRINGS, AR - Anglers from all over Arkansas have the chance to reel-in thousands of dollars in the Hot Springs Fishing Challenge.

The second annual event starts at 6:00 a.m. on May 1 and wraps up at 5:00 p.m. on July 31.

The Challenge provides anglers the opportunity to catch tagged fish that can be redeemed for cash prizes.

This year the total prize money has been increased to $60,000, with one fish, “Big Al the Second,” worth the grand prize of $10,000.

“Our first Fishing Challenge last year was a tremendous success,” says Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs. “Prize-winning fish were caught by men and women, young and old, Arkansans and out-of-state residents. We were frankly surprised by the enthusiasm that the challenge generated and the amount of publicity it generated for Hot Springs as a premier fishing destination.”

Last year, 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 52 more tagged fish.”

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.

Fifty-three tagged fish will be released in Lake Hamilton and Lake Catherine. The fish released will be largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish, white bass, crappie and walleye. If a fish is caught the angler must call the number and present the fish with the tag attached.

The 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.
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