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  • Anglers get shot at wild springers below old dam site

  • Beginning Friday, June 1, Rogue River anglers fishing downstream of the old Gold Ray Dam site will be allowed to keep up to two wild spring chinook salmon as the annual protection for early-run wild spring chinook abates.
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  • Beginning Friday, June 1, Rogue River anglers fishing downstream of the old Gold Ray Dam site will be allowed to keep up to two wild spring chinook salmon as the annual protection for early-run wild spring chinook abates.
    From the dam site near Gold Hill upstream to the Cole Rivers Hatchery deadline, anglers must continue to release wild springers and keep only fin-clipped hatchery fish.
    The catch-and-release rules are intended to help early-run springers, which are the most depressed sub-group of the Rogue run.
    The vast majority of early-run wild spring chinook have already hit the upper Rogue and are waiting in holes for spawning in late summer and early fall.
    Downstream of the former dam site, about half of the springers caught so far this season have been wild fish that were released.
    Waters from the old dam site up to Dodge Bridge near Eagle Point will open to wild spring chinook harvest July 1 through Aug. 31, which is when the chinook season up there closes.
    Waters upstream of Dodge Bridge are closed to retention of wild spring chinook all season.
    The limit remains two adult chinook a day.
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