Catch a fish — win $1 million

Two Oregon lakes just got more popular with anglers who might think winning the lottery some day is a fine retirement plan.

Henry Hagg Lake in Washington County and Detroit Lake in Marion County are among 65 bodies of water nationwide that are part of a contest where anglers can catch tagged fish worth up to $1 million.

It's called the "Wanna Go Fishing for Millions" contest sponsored by Cabela's, Outdoor Channel, and fish and wildlife agencies in 20 states.

The contest has up to $2.2 million in prizes, with a grand prize of $1 million. It started last weekend and runs through July 14.

Participants must register online at

Henry Hagg and Detroit lakes each have 12 to 15 fish fitted with "spaghetti tags," or long, slim, plastic tags affixed to a fin.

Pre-registered contestants who catch one of these tagged fish can use the numbers on the tag to claim their prize on the Cabela's website.

Prizes range from sunglasses, fishing line, computer routers and gift cards to $1 million.

At Henry Hagg, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists tagged and released 15 bass that ranged from 2 to 5 pounds.

At Detroit Lake, ODFW technicians tagged and released a dozen 3-pound trout from Marion Forks Fish Hatchery.

There's no word on whether either Oregon lake has the grand prize fish.

Catching tagged fish in such a short time frame is considered a rarity, regardless of the lake.

For instance, tagged fish have gone uncaught for years at Diamond Lake.

Driftboat rowers with a zest to help keep parts of the Rogue River clean of debris will be in high demand June 11 for a cleanup effort planned there.

The Rogue Basin Coordinating Council, the Seven Basins Watershed Council and the Rogue Valley Council of Governments are sponsoring a river cleanup event and they are looking for driftboaters who want to help.

The area targeted for cleanup is a stretch of the upper Rogue from TouVelle State Park past the former Gold Ray dam site and down to the Fisher's Ferry ramp.

Volunteer boaters will assemble at the TouVelle ramp and be ready for launch at 9 a.m. Boatless volunteers who want to take part can meet at the Gold Hill Library at 8:30 a.m. for shuttles to TouVelle.

The cleanup is expected to take about two hours, and a lunch is planned at the former dam site.

Anyone interested in volunteering should call Chad Woodward, the RBWC's coordinator, at 541-690-8799 or email him at

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or email

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