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Trout Derby continues Sunday in Chambersburg

The event offers nearly $50,000 in cash and prizes

May 04, 2013
  • Anglers fish the Conococheague Creek at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa., on Saturday hoping to catch a tagged fish that could land them a prize in the annual Noontime Lions Trout Derby.
By Roxann Miller, Staff Writer

It was a school of fisherman — not fish— that huddled in one area of Conococheague Creek at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa., on Saturday. Those anglers, like all of the others standing in the water, were after one thing — the elusive tagged fish that come with prize money.

Every year, thousands of fishermen from the Tri-State area come to Chambersburg for the annual Noontime Lions Trout Derby. This is the 16th year for the event, which offered nearly $50,000 in cash and prizes this year. The event began Saturday at 6 a.m. and continues today until 4 p.m at the Loudoun Street check station at 125 W. Washington St. in Chambersburg.

The two-day event draws anglers determined to catch one of the more than 600 tagged fish, with payouts ranging from $25 to $2,000

John Jasper of Crescent, Pa. was thrilled when he reeled in a tagged fish at Wilson College that he nearly kissed his slippery catch.

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The derby is the Lions’ main fundraiser, bringing in about $20,000 annually for eye examinations, glasses and assistance for those in need in the Chambersburg area.

For more information, go to www.troutderby.com.

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