Register now for Upper Pine Creek trout derby

Anglers who register by May 1 for the 27th annual Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament will save $5 on the fee for adults.

The tournament, which is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile Club, will be held from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 20 and from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 21 along a 13-mile stretch of Pine Creek between the Mill Street Bridge in Galeton Borough and the Ansonia Bridge in Shippen Township.

Up to $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.

Each tagged fish is randomly assigned a number. The angler has to bring the tagged fish in “live condition” to the check-in station and then draw a ping-pong ball. The number on the ball identifies what the prize is, not the number on the fish. The top prize is $1,000 in cash and the minimum prize has been increased to $50.

Anglers much have a valid Pennsylvania fishing license and must observe and obey landowners’ rights. Trespassing and littering are not allowed.

The check-in station is the snowmobile clubhouse on Route 6. For the tournament, the clubhouse will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 19; 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 20; and 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 21. No fish will be accepted 30 minutes after the cutoff time.

Money raised through the tournament is used to help cover the club’s operating costs and to provide a scholarship for a selected graduating senior from each high school in Galeton, Wellsboro, Mansfield and Cowanesque Valley. Money also is donated to local charities, such as the food banks at Wellsboro, Galeton and Osceola, and to help families with special needs.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 15 and 16, registration forms will be available at the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile Clubhouse on the south side of Route 6, halfway between Galeton and Wellsboro, near the former Coach Stop Inn. Registrants also can pick up bags, badges and maps.

Registration also made be done by visiting and downloading a registration form. Many businesses in Tioga County also have forms; call 570-724-7417 or 570-724-2888 for details.