SALEM – Some lucky angler could land a fish that’s worth a couple million bucks.
Oregon is once again participating in the Fish for Millions contest, and this year, anglers can head out to South Twin Lake in Deschutes County and Hagg Lake in Washington County and take their shot at hooking fish for a host of prizes.
Rainbow trout were stocked in the lakes and given a small “spaghetti” tag. Anglers who catch the fish can claim their prizes by entering the tag number online.
The contest is sponsored by Cabela’s and wildlife agencies from approximately 21 states. Prizes this year include Ranger boots, a Chevy truck, shopping sprees at Cabela’s, Costa sunglasses, and of course, the coveted $2 million in cash.
The contest starts May 4 and goes through July 7. Participants must register online at Cabela’s Fish for Millions to be eligible for prizes.
Last year, more than 7,000 Oregon anglers participated in the contest with 17 of them catching a tagged fish.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hopes the contest will encourage families to get outside and go fishing.
Hagg Lake, is a 1,110-acre reservoir located about 25 miles southwest of Portland. It is open to motor boats and has more than 15 miles of hiking trails. It was one of the original “Fish for Millions” venues when the contest first came to Oregon three years ago.
Both lakes are regularly stocked by ODFW and should provide great fishing well into the summer, said a spokesman from the department.