An early glut of Rogue River spring chinook salmon reaching Cole Rivers Hatchery has hatchery crews recycling excess fish back into the river today.
Technicians this morning began trucking and releasing 700 excess spring chinook into the Rogue at Gold Hill, giving anglers another shot at catching and keeping these highly sought fish.
After Tuesday's collection, 1,204 spring chinook have run the 157-mile stretch of the Rogue to reach the hatchery collection pond. That's three times the 10-year average for this week, and almost 50 percent higher than last year's tally of 852 springers by this week in May.
— Mark Freeman