$15,000 Prize Fish - Big Al - in Hot Springs Fishing Challenge is a Bluegill; $101,000 Event Ends July 31
HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Big Al — the $15,000 top prize fish in the $101,000 Hot Springs Fishing Challenge — is a bluegill, Visit Hot Springs Revealed today.
HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Big Al — the $15,000 top prize fish in the $101,000 Hot Springs Fishing Challenge — is a bluegill, Visit Hot Springs revealed today.
The 2019 Challenge ends at 5 p.m. July 31.
Seventy-one prize fish — all wearing 2019 orange tags — were released into Lake Hamilton and Lake Catherine April 30, according to Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, which sponsors the annual Fishing Challenge in cooperation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Thus far, 21 prize fish — 30 percent of the 71 fish — have been caught.
“Big Al — a bluegill — is worth $15,000 to anyone who catches him,” Arrison said. “The Challenge is a free family-oriented event to emphasize the great fishing we have in the lakes around Hot Springs.”
The Challenge participation is free for anyone with a valid Arkansas fishing license.
In addition to Big Al, there remain three fish worth $5,000 each, and 31 worth $1,000 each. Fifteen remaining fish will bring $500 each for the lucky anglers who catch them during the Challenge dates.
The prize fish are largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, white bass and redear sunfish.
New this year are merchandise prizes from the Challenge’s co-sponsors, Mister Crappie, FLW, Luck E Strike and the Game and Fish Commission.
Big Al is so elusive that clues to his whereabouts are even given out if he’s not caught. Additional clues will be given June 1, July 1 and July 26, Arrison said.