The 5th annual Bullfrog Open, a fishing tournament for largemouth bass at Lake Powell, will be this weekend out of the Bullfrog Marina. A fisherman with a hot hook can win up to $3,500 this year.

According to Bullfrog organizer Cary Hightower, fishing will be Saturday and Sunday. Starting time is 6:30 a.m. each day, with weigh-in at 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The event is open to fishermen with or without boats. Those with boats will be paired with fishermen without boats in a meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Entry fee is $100 per person, with an optional $10 for the big fish portion of the tournament.

Last year there were 64 entries and first prize was $2,300. Hightower expects a larger field for this year's event. Last year, the largest fish caught weighed in at 8 pounds, 1 ounce.

For information, call Hightower at the Bullfrog Marina at 684-2233.

***** VERNAL MEN FINED - Cases against six Vernal men have resulted in $5,750 in fines and the confiscation of weapons.

In one case, three men pleaded guilty to illegally taking wildlife out of season and each was fined $1,000 plus $167 restitution. All three had their rifles confiscated. The three were involved in the shooting of a doe while out rabbit hunting.

The second case was decided by a jury that found three men guilty of taking an elk during the muzzleloader season with a high-powered rifle. Each of the three were fined $500, plus $250 restitution and a rifle was confiscated.

The Utah Wildlife Board could also take away the hunting privileges of all six men.

***** UTAH MEAT PACKER ALSO FINED - In another case, after a lengthy 18-month fight mixed with delays and plea bargaining, the owner of a Utah meat packing business was sentenced and fined.

A judge sentenced the packer to 10 days in jail, fined him $3,000 with an additional $3,000 payment to Utah's Help Stop Poaching Fund, and was placed on 18 months probation and required to render 240 hours of community service.

The man pleaded guilty to four charges of illegal possession of wildlife and four charges of unlawful sale of wildlife.

***** 2 MEN HONORED - Two southern Utah men were honored recently for their involvement in the Hunter Education programs. Paul Harmer, a Division of Wildlife Resources officer, received the "Outstanding DWR Hunter Education Award," and Bill Dawson of Cedar City won the "Outstanding Hunter Education Instructor Award" for the area.