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32nd Annual Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament is Saturday and Sunday, May 20 & 21
Photo by John Eaton
Frank Fisher (shown), owner of Smitty’s Sports and Gunworks in Gaines, is sponsoring two tagged fish for the 2023 Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament prize board and has donated 15 rod and reel combos, which will be given away free to youngsters 12 and under through the tournament’s Start a Kid Fishing program.
On Friday, May 19 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 20 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 21 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., anglers can register in-person for the 32nd Annual Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament at the check-in station in the large tent on the grounds at the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile Club at 4814 Route 6, 12 miles west of Wellsboro.
The entry fee for adults is $30 and $15 for youth under 16.
The tournament, sponsored by the snowmobile club, takes place along a 13-mile stretch of Pine Creek between the Mill Street Bridge in Galeton Borough, Potter County and the Ansonia Bridge in Shippen Township, Tioga County.
Top prizes are $1,000 and six $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 receive more than one prize depending on how many of the 250-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.
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.
Visit www.pagrandcanyonsnowmobileclub.com to register for the tournament online and download a registration form. Registration forms can also be found at many businesses in the area.
For more information, call (717) 881-9358 or the club at (570) 724-2888 or visit the club’s website at www.pagrandcanyonsnowmobileclub.com.
Writing: Diane Eaton