Big Al Worth Big Bucks During Hot Springs Fishing Challenge

 The first-ever $50,000 Hot Springs Fishing Challenge begins May 1 on Lake Hamilton and Lake Catherine at Hot Springs National Park.
Beginning May 1 and running through July 31, the challenge is open to anyone with a fishing pole and a valid Arkansas fishing license, “We will tag 53 fish and release them in Hamilton and Catherine in advance of May 1,” said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, in a news
release. “The fish released will be nine largemouth bass; nine bluegill, nine catfish, nine striped bass, nine crappie, and eight walleye. One of the fish, which we will call Big Al, will be worth a grand prize of $10,000.”

The other fish will have tags for prizes ranging from $5,000 to $250. 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.
“Anybody with a fishing license and pole can win, no matter what their age, skill level. It doesn’t matter if the fish is caught while fishing from a boat, from the bank or from a dock,” Arrison said in the release.

The news release stated that fish will be tagged by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and released in both lakes by a
third party. No one except the person who releases the fish will know the exact location of the release points. The number of fish released in each lake will be determined based on lake size and the total number of tagged fish in each lake will be announced prior to the start of the challenge.

For more information call, Steve Arrison at 501-321-2027 or visit

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