Star-Herald's Biggest Fish Contest now underway

The Star-Herald’s Biggest Fish Contest is officially underway.

For the third year in a row, Cabela’s is sponsoring the contest that promotes fishing in the Panhandle. Fish caught in the upstream waters of the North Platte River system as well as Lake McConaughy are also included.

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.

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 can submit their entries online at

A fish of the week photo will appear online each Monday and will be published each Tuesday in the Star-Herald newspaper. The contest runs through Labor Day weekend.

Last year’s grand prize winner was Alliance’s Tammy Standage. She caught a catfish at Box Butte Reservoir that measured 35 1/2 inches and weighed 22 pounds.

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Jeremy Woznick is the sports editor for the Star-Herald. He can be reached at 308-632-9048 or by emailing

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