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  • Retread steelies in time for the holiday

  • Rogue River anglers looking for some post-holiday steelhead fishing have already received some leftovers this week they should enjoy.
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  • Rogue River anglers looking for some post-holiday steelhead fishing have already received some leftovers this week they should enjoy.
    Another batch of "retread steelhead" are now in the Rogue thanks to excess fish captured at Cole Rivers Hatchery during this week of excess.
    Hatchery workers Monday trucked 200 summer steelhead down to Gold Hill, where they were released into the Rogue for anglers to catch.
    These fish, up to 10 pounds, all have a circular hole punched in their gill plate. They can be kept as part of a steelheader's daily limit of two adipose fin-clipped steelhead a day on the Rogue.
    Cole Rivers assistant manager David Pease says workers there typically try to recycle some steelhead during Thanksgiving week because it is a popular time for angling on the upper Rogue.
    Anglers are encouraged to keep legal limits of retreads because releasing a recycled fish can lead to three things happening — and they're all bad.
    First, it could run the angling gauntlet successfully and return to the hatchery and become an excess fish again. Second, it could stray onto wild steelhead spawning grounds and interbreed with wild fish. And third, some other angler could catch it, keep it and fill his or her holiday smoker instead of you.
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