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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 12, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Cabela’s $1-million fish could be lurking in a Washington waterway

Somewhere in a Pacific Northwest lake there could be a tagged fish worth $1-million swimming around waiting to be caught by a lucky angler.

The Cabela’s ‘Wanna Go Fishing For Millions Contest is happening now through July 8 in 10 lakes around Washington, Idaho and Oregon that are part of a 19-state fishing contest.

In Lake Washington there are 12 smallmouth bass and three cutthroat that were planted with the special “spaghetti” fluorescent tag.

“I tagged the 12 bass and three cutthroat trout on Lake Washington,” said Doug Garrett, the state Fish and Wildlife warmwater fish biologist. “The contest went really well last year, and three smallmouth bass out of the 15 fish we tagged were caught in Lake Washington.”

Garrett says the Cabela’s contest generated 3,000 participants last year, and 10 tagged fish were caught in all Washington waters.

“We tagged some really nice fish, including one cutthroat trout that was 23 inches long and weighed 4 pounds,” Garrett said.

Other lakes in Washington planted with the tagged fish are American Lake (nine fish); Sprague Lake (nine fish) and the Potholes Reservoir (13 fish).

Anglers who catch these fish can claim their prizes, but must first register and know all the rules of the contest at the Cabela’s website.

The Grand Prize is worth:

$1-million: If the Grand Prize Fish is caught and logged in the first ten fish by any participant in the contest and subject to verification; and $2-million: If the Grand Prize winner meets the above criteria and qualifies for the Cabela’s Recon Fish Grand Prize Doubler sponsored by GEICO.

$100,000: If the Grand Prize Fish is caught and logged 11th through 100th by any participant in the contest and subject to verification; and $200,000: If the Grand Prize winner meets the above $100,000 criteria and qualifies for the Cabela’s Recon Fish Grand Prize Doubler sponsored by GEICO.

$10,000: If the Grand Prize Fish is caught and logged 101st through 1,060th by any participant in the contest and subject to verification; and $20,000: If the Grand Prize winner meets the above $10,000 criteria and qualifies for the Cabela’s Recon Fish Grand Prize Doubler sponsored by GEICO.

Sponsor prizes:

Participants catching verified eligible fish will win one of the following, based on randomly preselected fish logging order.

Ranger: TWO (2) WINNERS: A 520Z Bass Series Comanche boat; including trailer and Ranger Standard Features with 250HP Evinrude Outboard. Approximate retail value of each boat and outboard package is $65,000.

Costa: FIFTY (50) WINNERS: A Gift Certificate for any pair of Costa sunglasses of up to $249 retail value.

Rapala: FIFTY (50) WINNERS: A $50 value line and bait package, including:

Two Spools of Sufix Siege Line – $16 retail value.

Two Bags of Trigger X Aggression Soft Plastics – $10 retail value.

Two Terminator Super Stainless Spinnerbaits – $12 retail value.

Two Rapala Lures – Crankin Rap and Husky Jerk – $12 retail value.

Abu Garcia: ONE HUNDRED (100) WINNERS: A Rod and Reel Combo with a $50 retail value, each.

Cabela’s: UP TO NINE HUNDRED SEVEN (907) WINNERS: A $50 Cabela’s Gift Card.

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