PORTLAND, Ore. - One lucky angler could land a $1 million payday if they catch a specially-tagged rainbow trout that might be in one of two Oregon lakes.
It's all part of the national 'Fish for Millions' contest sponsored by Cabela's and wildlife agencies from across the United States.
Both Hagg Lake in Washington County and South Twin Lake in Deschutes County were the chosen water bodies here in Oregon. Each lake was planted with rainbow trout that have small spaghetti tags with numbers on them. If you catch one, just check the number online and see what you won.
The contest runs now through July 7. Other prizes include Ranger boats, a Chevy truck, Cabela's shopping sprees and fishing gear, Costa sunglasses and Cabela's gift cards.
To be eligible for the prizes, you must first register online. And if you want to double the grand prize to $2 million, just download Cabela's app. Also, be sure to read the complete list of contest rules - there are some specific steps you need to follow to be eligible for the grand prize.
Hagg Lake is a 1,110-acre reservoir located about 25 miles southwest of Portland. It is open to both motorized and non-motorized boats and features numerous picnic areas, two boat launch facilities, more than 15 miles of hiking trails and observation decks for wildlife/bird watching. It was one of the original 'Fish for Millions' lakes three years ago.
"Hagg Lake is one of Oregon's premiere fisheries," said Tom Murtagh, ODFW fish biologist in Clackamas. "We're excited that it has again been selected for Cabela's fishing contest."
South Twin Lake (about 38 miles south of Bend) is a 99-acre natural lake located within the Deschutes National Forest. I has approximately one and a half miles of shoreline and a trail that encircles the lake, making bank fishing accessible. Non-motorized boats are allowed on the lake.
According to Brett Hodgson, fish biologist in Bend for the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW), fishing on South Twin Lake was excellent on the opening weekend of trout season and he expects fishing to continue to be good.
"Since the removal of bullhead catfish from the lake, the trout fishing had really improved," he said. "I think it would be great if one of the big winners came from South Twin Lake."