The Star-Herald’s Biggest Fish Contest is officially underway and the first catch of the season has been submitted by Justin Powell, of Alliance.

Powell caught this muskie in a lake near Hyannis on June 1. The fish measured 40 inches. Jason Clark witnessed the catch.

For the third year in a row, Cabela’s is sponsoring the Biggest Fish Contest. The Star-Herald welcomes submissions from anglers of fish caught in the upstream waters of the North Platte River system. Lake McConaughy is also included.

Entries must include a clear photo of the fish and the angler who caught it, information about the place it was caught, its length in inches (weight optional) and the name and phone number of a witness to confirm the length of the fish and the day it was caught. Nebraska Master Angler applications also are acceptable.

Anglers who catch the longest fish of each recognized game-fish species will win a Cabela’s $25 gift card and be eligible for the grand prize of a Cabela’s $100 gift card and a tailgate fillet table donated by Cabela’s. Species winners are based on length, not weight, and catch-and-release is encouraged.

Anglers can submit their entries online at starherald.com/biggestfishcontest.

Get to casting!