Anglers asked to return harvested hatchery fish snouts

Winter steelhead anglers are being asked to return snouts from hatchery steelhead harvested in the Umpqua River basin, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday. ODFW will scan the snouts for coded wire tags in the first of a multi-year research project to improve winter steelhead fishing in the South Umpqua River.

Anglers can deposit snouts in collection barrels at various boat ramps around Douglas County and at the ODFW office in Roseburg. Bags and tags with date and location of harvest are in the barrels. Fish were coded wire tagged in February and released in March and April from the acclimation sites in Canyonville. Any of the fish returning this steelhead fishing season are considered “one salt fish” after spending one year in the ocean.

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