HOUGHTON LAKE—Saint Helen angler Gary Oliger caught the first tagged fish of the 2019-20 Houghton Lake Area Tourism Bureau’s Catch Us If You Can fishing contest June 1.

Oliger has been fishing Lake Saint Helen for around 20 years. His first fishing trip of this season he caught a tagged pike.

“I was fishing First Lake,” Oliger said. “I caught a 20” pike. I took the hook off and was ready to release it and I caught a glimpse of something on his back. He was all wrapped up in weeds.”

Oliger saw the yellow tag. He took the pike to contest sponsor Trail’s End Motel where it was verified, and he received a $50 gas card.

He is now a contestant in April 2020 grand prize drawing at Spicer’s Boat City. The grand prize for adult anglers is $100,000 and Lund boat from Spicer’s. There is a guaranteed major prize of $1000 cash.

The second place prize is a Mark Martin Ice Fishing School valued at $500.

Youth anglers (17 and under) catching a tagged fish are eligible to win a $250 cash prize and a new kayak.

More than 100 tagged fish are swimming in Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake, and Lake St. Helen. Anglers catching a tagged fish in Lake Saint Helen can bring it in to Trail’s End Motel for verification. Fish caught in Higgins Lake can be verified at West Shore True Value Hardwar; and those caught in Houghton Lake can be brought to Lyman’s on the Lake, H&H Fireworks, or Korbinski’s Marine.

The contest is year-around, ending on March 15 each year, and beginning again March 16. For more information on the contest, please contact the HLATB office at 1-989-422-2002, 1-800-676-5330 or email info@visithoughtonlake.com. Contest rules are found on www.visithoughtonlake.com.

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