Howell, Fremont anglers catch tagged fish
HOUGHTON LAKE—Chris Deangelo of Howell was fishing Houghton Lake when he caught a tagged bass, giving him an entry into the 2019-20 Houghton Lake Area Tourism Bureau’s Catch Us If You Can fishing contest.
“I was fishing the middle grounds with a crank bait. As soon as I got it unhooked, I saw the tag,” Deangelo said.
The 5-pound bass was caught August 10. His catch was verified at contest sponsor Korbinski’s Marine in Prudenville. He received a $50 gas card for bringing the tag in.
Deangelo is now a contestant in April 2020 grand prize drawing at Spicer’s Boat City of Houghton Lake. The grand prize for adult anglers is $100,000 and Lund boat from Spicer’s. There is a guaranteed major prize of $1000 cash.
The second-place prize is a Mark Martin Ice Fishing School valued at $500
A second tagged fish was caught in Higgins Lake by Fremont angler Berton Falbe, but he almost missed the chance to be entered the 2019-20 Houghton Lake Area Tourism Bureau’s Catch Us If You Can fishing contest.
Falbe was fishing with his son and two others Aug. 24.
“We had two lines going at once,” Falbe said. “It was a little chaotic. We had two fish coming in at once.”
Once landed, the fish were placed in the bottom of his cooler and buried by the rest of the day’s catch. Once home, the fish were distributed to the other anglers.
“I was cleaning the cooler and thought it (the tag) was a piece of plastic. Then I realized what it was.”
Falbe took to the internet to figure out the tag was part of the Catch Us If You Can contest.
He called contest sponsor Lyman’s on the Lake to register his 22 ½” Lake Trout.
Youth anglers (17 and under) catching a tagged fish are eligible to win a $250 cash prize and a new kayak.
More than 100 tagged fish are swimming in Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake, and Lake St. Helen. Anglers can bring their tagged fish in for verification at Lyman’s on the Lake in Houghton Lake, Korbinski’s Marine in Prudenville; or Trail’s End Motel in St. Helen.
The contest is year-around, ending on March 15 each year, and beginning again March 16. For more information on the contest, please contact the HLATB office at 1-989-422-2002, 1-800-676-5330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Contest rules are found on www.visithoughtonlake.com .
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