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  • Springer reaches Cole Rivers Hatchery

  • The first spring chinook salmon reached Cole Rivers Hatchery on the Rogue River Tuesday, three weeks later than last year.
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  • The first spring chinook salmon reached Cole Rivers Hatchery on the Rogue River Tuesday, three weeks later than last year.
    The chinook was discovered in the hatchery trap during Tuesday's collection, though it was unclear exactly when the fish arrived, says David Pease, the hatchery's assistant manager.
    Anglers have been anticipating the return of springers to the upper Rogue for weeks, especially after a good showing of chinook — including a high percentage of hatchery fish — in the lower Rogue more than a month ago.
    But high, cool water flows this spring have not enticed springers to migrate upstream in strong numbers yet.
    Anglers may keep only fin-clipped hatchery chinook in the Rogue through May.
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