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  • Springer weighs in at 17 pounds, wins inaugural Rogue derby

  • A Klamath Falls man's 17-pound spring chinook salmon wasn't that big, but it was big enough Saturday to win $1,000 in an inaugural salmon-fishing derby on the Rogue River around Shady Cove.
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  • A Klamath Falls man's 17-pound spring chinook salmon wasn't that big, but it was big enough Saturday to win $1,000 in an inaugural salmon-fishing derby on the Rogue River around Shady Cove.
    Jose Mendez's springer was the tops among more than 70 entrants in the first Salmon Fever Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Shady Cove-Upper Rogue River Chamber of Commerce and the city of Shady Cove.
    Robbie Biles of Grants Pass and Martin Madsen of Gold Hill each weighed-in spring chinook that weighed 16 pounds, 12 ounces. Derby rules gave Biles the $500 second-place check because his fish was weighed-in earlier, so Madsen took home $250 for third.
    All three of the spring chinook were 3-year-old hatchery fish returning to Cole Rivers Hatchery on the upper Rogue.
    Another 50 prizes were given out to participants.
    Adults paid $25 apiece to enter the derby, in which anglers could fish from boats or the bank from the Hatchery Hole downstream to the Takelma boat ramp, which is the first public-access ramp downstream of Shady Cove city limits.
    Organizers considered the event successful for an inaugural derby and plan to make it an annual affair, chamber secretary Sandra Marchand says.
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