HOUGHTON LAKE – The Houghton Lake Area Tourism Bureau held its annual “Catch me if you can” contest drawing on April 18.
The event runs all year round in Higgins Lake, Lake St. Helen and Houghton Lake. Tagged Walleye, Trout, Bass and panfish in each lake using a plastic tag. (see photo).
If adults catch a tagged fish, they get into a drawing for a chance to win $100,000 and new boat. There is a guaranteed $1,000 first place. Other prizes included a tackle box of goodies, and a chance to win a spot in the Mark Martin Ice Fishing School.
Youths under 17 are eligible for a chance to win a kayak and $250.
Everyone who caught a tagged fish and registered it won a $50 gas card.
Adult winner of this year’s drawing, Jim Reihl of Mt. Pleasant won $1,000. He caught his Lake Trout in Higgins Lake. Others who caught tagged fish included: Gary News of Stanton (Higgins Lake Trout), Dan Browder of Jackson (Higgins Lake Trout) and Eric Swanson of Houghton Lake (Higgins Lake Trout).
Youth winner was Johnny Marolf of St. Charles. He caught a 16-inch Largemouth Bass in Houghton Lake. Kyle Chouinard of Metamora caught his bass in Houghton Lake as well. Although he’s been fishing since he was three, it was Chouinard’s first time fishing Houghton Lake.
More than 200 fish were tagged in the three lakes during the 2020-2021 contest . Houghton Lake Area Tourism Bureau officials expect to add another 150 fish in this year’s contest, which runs through March 15, 2022.
To register a tagged fish visit Lyman’s on the Lake (Houghton Lake) Korbinski’s (Houghton Lake), The Sports Barn (Higgins Lake), and Trail’s End and Minnow Bucket at Exit 222 in St. Helen.