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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 4, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Caebla’s fishing contest could be worth a lot of money and prizes

bxtroutmainpic26Somewhere in selected Pacific Northwest lakes there are tagged fish worth money and prizes swimming around waiting to be caught by a lucky angler.

Cabela’s “Fish for Millions” contest offers anglers a chance of winning up to $2 million, and nearly $275,000 in prizes by catching tagged fish in select lakes from Saturday, May 4 through July 7.

Last year, tagged fish were placed in Lake Washington, Potholes Reservoir, American Lake and Sprague Lake. In order to find out which specific lakes were planted this season, anglers need to register for the contest.

Over the two years, winning anglers have been reported from all lakes, according to state Fish and Wildlife officials who conduct the planting of tagged fish. In 2011, the Cabela’s contest generated 3,000 participants, and 10 tagged fish were caught in all Washington waters.

Last year in Lake Washington there were 12 smallmouth bass and three cutthroat trout planted with the special “spaghetti” fluorescent tag.

In all more than 100 lakes across 22 states – Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin – will be planted with tagged fish.

Last year, 118 out of 1,000 winning fish were caught across the United States. This year the number of tagged fish will increase to 1,500, as well as an increase in prizes.

Those who catch a specially tagged fish can win prizes including Cabela’s gift cards and products, outboard motors, one of two Ranger boats, a new Chevy truck or a cash prize up to $2 million and many other prizes.

One of the tagged fish could be worth $1 million. The grand prize will be doubled to $2 million for participants who are current users of the Cabela’s shopping app, or who download the Cabela’s shopping app to their mobile device. The app must be downloaded at least two days prior to fishing.

For details, go to http://cabelasfishformillions.com.

(Photo courtesy of Seattle Times archive)

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