Sunday, May 22, 2011


Tagged fish could net anglers big bucks; great Free Fishing Days opportunity

PRATT — The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) is participating in the “Wanna Go Fishing for Millions?” contest, which began May 14 and runs to July 14. The contest, sponsored by Cabela’s and Wanna Go Fishing TV, involves hundreds of fish that were tagged in 19 states in roughly 60 lakes, including the Sunflower State’s Milford, Glen Elder, Cheney, Cedar Bluff, Hillsdale, Clinton, Kanopolis, and El Dorado reservoirs. Anglers must register, which is free.

Registered anglers who catch a tagged fish will be directed to the contest website where they will find instructions on redeeming the tags for prizes. Among the winning fish are grand prize winners that may qualify for additional bonuses based on the winning angler using or wearing sponsors’ products when they catch a tagged fish. The largest payout could be as much as $2.2 million.

Colorado is the only neighboring state participating in the contest, so Kansas could draw quite a few anglers from its neighbors, as well as boost the numbers of residents who fish our waters. As of May 13, nearly 57,000 anglers had pre-registered from around the nation. KDWP staff expect an increase in the number of people visiting the contest lakes and associated parks, especially on Free Fishing Days, June 4-5, and the various Free Park Entrance Days (contact individual parks for detailed information).

For more information and to register, visit the contest website online or click on the contest ad on the KDWP home page, KDWP staff and members of their immediate household family are not eligible to participate in the contest.

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