You could win $500 cash for catching fish in this local reservoir


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The following is a news release from Idaho State University.

POCATELLO – If you like to fish, you could win up to $500 for snagging a big one.

A fishing derby running 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Sportsman’s Park on the west side of American Falls Reservoir near Aberdeen, features a $500 first-place prize for the largest trout and a $250 first-place prize for the largest perch.

The derby is sponsored by the Portneuf Unit of the American Fisheries Society, a student-run organization at Idaho State University. The derby is a fundraiser for the group.

There is a $35 per person entry fee. Online registration is available here. Participants should email or call (208) 520-3902 if they are planning to participate to ensure their registration is received and accepted.

Mail-in registration is accepted but must be received by the chapter by Monday, Jan. 21. Call before using mail-in registration to ensure spots are available. Online registration is preferred. Registration will be accepted the day of the event but will be capped at 100 entrants. Registration is first-come, first served.

In the trout category, there will also be a $250 cash prize for second and a $150 cash prize for third. Second place in the perch category is $100, and third place is free entry into next year’s derby.