Cheney, El Dorado Lakes could have $2.2 milllion fish

Cheney and El Dorado Lakes are among eight Kansas lakes that may have a fish swimming in their water worth up to $2.2 million to a lucky angler.

Cedar Bluff, Hillsdale, Milford, Glen Elder, Clinton and Kanopolis Lakes are also part of Cabela’s “Wanna Go Fishing For Millions” program. The exact lakes within the program have just been announced.

Smallmouth bass are one of the species of fish in Cabela's "Wanna' Go Fishing" contest.

Kansas has the most participating lakes of any of the about 19 states within the program. About 15 fish were tagged at each Kansas lake.

The first tagged fish caught during the contest period by a registered angler in Kansas is worth an extra $10,000 in merchandise from Cabela’s.

Anglers have between Saturday and July 14 to catch the fish and must be registered before fishing to enter a tag in the event. Largemouth, smallmouth and striped bass, walleye and trout are species that received tags nationwide.

Anglers using equipment made by Cabela’s and other sponsors are awarded the highest prizes. The fish with the best tag is directly worth $1 million but the prize could go up to $2.2 million if the angler used the right kinds of gear and is wearing the proper kind of sunglasses when the fish is hooked.

Linda Craghead, of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, said the department is cooperating with the program in an effort to encourage more people to go fishing. Department biologists tagged fish at each participating Kansas lake but the agency made no direct financial contribution to the event.

Kyle Austin said a tagged walleye was caught at Kanopolis Lake last weekend, which was before the contest officiallly began. Austin said the angler will be sent a consolation prize by Cabela’s but the fish was not eligible for major prizes.