Today is the last day to catch a fish worth a prize in Pine Creek, one of 12 Pennsylvania waterways enrolled in the "Fish for Millions" contest.
The tagged-fish contest is sponsored by the state Fish and Boat Commission and Cabela's.
Prize-winning brown trout, crappie, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and walleye have been caught at Emsworth Pool on the Ohio and Allegheny rivers, Foster Joseph Sayers Lake, Keystone Lake, Lake Arthur, Lake Wallenpaupack, Pinchot Lake, Pine Creek and Presque Isle Bay.
Of the top winners in the state, Raymond Biddle Jr., of Jefferson Hills; Wayne Ziegler, of Butler; George McGrady, of Carnegie; and Doug Antill, of Titusville, stand out as the top winners, to date.
McGrady and Antill each won an Ultimate Fishing Gear Package worth $2,500; Ziegler won a $5,000 Cabela's shopping spree; and Biddle won a Ranger bass boat worth $60,000.
Biddle caught his winning largemouth bass on Keystone Lake in Keystone State Park.
When he caught the fish, Biddle, 48, said that he was shaking, shocked and amazed. While he knew that finding the million-dollar-tagged fish was like "finding a needle in a hay field," finding any of the prize-winning-tagged fish still was like "finding a needle in a haystack."
In addition to fishing on Keystone Lake, Ray also fishes on the Monongahela River, where he says that fishing for largemouth bass just keeps getting better and better.
The 12 Pennsylvania contest waters are:
Blue Marsh Lake, Berks County
Emsworth Pool, Monongahela River, Mile 0 to 11, Allegheny County
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake, Centre County
Gifford Pinchot Lake, York County
Keystone Lake, Westmoreland County
Lackawanna Lake, Lackawanna County
Lake Arthur, Butler County
Lake Nockamixon, Bucks County
Lake Wallenpaupack, Pike and Wayne counties
Pine Creek, Potter, Tioga, Lycoming and Clinton counties
Presque Isle Bay, Erie County
Raystown Lake, Huntingdon County
To register for Cabela's "Fish for Millions" contes, go to www.cabelas.com/ fishformillions.