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Thousands of dollars to win from tagged fish

It's hoped a new fishing lottery will attract tourists to bushfire affected areas in Victoria to help the towns recover.

Up to 1000 fish in the rivers and lakes of East Gippsland and northeastern Victoria will be tagged with golden markers that anglers can exchange for cash prizes.

The first ten lucky anglers to report their catch to the Victorian Fisheries Authority will pick up $10,000, while tagged fish caught after that will earn 2000.

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At this stage the prize pool is capped at $500,000.

It is understood the state government will look at extending the program if it's successful.

The competition will cast-off within months. It is expected to take about 12 months for 300 of the tagged fish to be caught.

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