DEXTER, Ore. -- The hours spent fishing at Oregon's reservoirs this summer could come with a big payoff. The "Wanna Go Fishing for Millions" contest returns for its second year in Oregon at three reservoirs, putting a chance at $2 million on the line for Lane County residents.
The contest is sponsored by Cabela's, the Outdoor Channel and Fish and Wildlife Agencies from over 19 states. This year the lucky fish are being released in Dexter and Blue River reservoirs from Lane County and Crane Prairie Reservoir in Deschutes County.
Eight to 15 tagged trout have been released into each of the participating reservoirs. If caught, the small "spaghetti" tags will hold a code for the lucky angler to enter at the contest section of Cabela's website.
Last year over 7,000 registered fishers went out to Henry Hagg and Detroit lakes to net the tagged trout. Overall 17 anglers caught a prize fish.
Prizes tagged on this year's fish include Ranger boats, sunglasses, fishing rods, tackle and reels, Cabela's gift cards and, of course, up to $2 million on one very lucky fish.
In addition to a shot at the big cash prize, fishers get a chance to enjoy a great day at the reservoir. Program Manager for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Rhine Messmer said the contest is another way to encourage families to get outside and go fishing.
Which is something ODFW sees more and more of, as fishing popularity is increasing at all three locations. Dexter Reservoir provides great access for families to go fishing, with a causeway that bisects the lake and a large fishing platform.
"It's a great place to fish from, and to catch fish," said Jeff Ziller, fish biologist in Springfield. "Who knows, maybe even a million dollar fish."
ODFW stocks all three locations with fish regularly which should provide great fishing well into the summer.
The contest starts May 5th and continues through July 8th. Participants must register at the contest website to be eligible for prizes.