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Thursday, May 12, 2022

31ST ANNUAL UPPER PINE CREEK TROUT TOURNAMENT IS THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, MAY 14 & 15; REGISTER IN PERSON THIS FRIDAY, MAY 13 OR DURING TOURNAMENT HOURS

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile Club members Ray Deater (left) and Tom Byrne tag trout. Each year, the club tags fish and float stocks them in Pine Creek in preparation for the Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament.

Successful anglers who catch tagged fish on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15 during the 31st Annual Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament can win up to $14,000 in prizes. Top prizes are $1,000 and four $500 cash prizes.

The minimum prize for a tagged fish is $50 and may be cash, merchandise or a gift card or a combination of the three. Anglers can earn more than one prize depending on how many of the 275 float stocked tagged trout they catch.

What anglers win is based on the luck of the draw. They have to bring their tagged fish in “live condition” to the check-in station. The angler draws a Ping-Pong ball for each tagged fish he or she catches. The number on the ball identifies the prize.

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile Club, the tournament takes place along a 13-mile stretch of Pine Creek between the Mill Street Bridge in Galeton Borough, Potter County and the Ansonia Bridge on Colton Road in Shippen Township, Tioga County.

The tournament check-in station is a large tent in front of the snowmobile clubhouse at 4814 Route 6, 12 miles west of Wellsboro. The clubhouse is located on the south side of Route 6, halfway between Galeton and Wellsboro.

For those who want to register in person, the check-in station will be open this Friday, May 13, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during tournament hours, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, May 14 and from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Sunday, May 15. The entry fee for adults is $25 and $15 for youth under 16.

All fish must be legally caught. No fish will be accepted one hour after the cut-off time. Anglers caught fishing before or after stated tournament times will be disqualified.

Those competing in the tournament must have a valid Pennsylvania fishing license and must observe and obey landowners’ rights. Trespassing on private property is not allowed, nor is littering.

For more information, call 1-717-881-9358 or the club at 570-724-2888 or visit the club’s website at www.pagrandcanyonsnowmobileclub.com.

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