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A spring chinook salmon is tied up along the bank of the Rogue River after being caught near Cole M. Rivers Hatchery. Mail Tribune file photo

Test your upper Rogue fishing knowledge

The upper Rogue River is too high and muddy today for anglers anxious to get their first good crack at winter steelhead and spring chinook that are now migrating through local fishing haunts.

So sitting around and talking about fishing on the upper Rogue is the logical fall-back for upper Rogue anglers who consider this 31-mile stretch of river as their home water.

But just how well do you know the upper Rogue and the angling rules that apply here? Here's a pop quiz to find out.

 

1. True or False: It is legal to keep one wild steelhead a day in the upper Rogue in March, as long as it is at least 24 inches long and that you keep no more than five per year.

 

2. True or False: It is legal to keep a wild spring chinook salmon in the upper Rogue in April.

 

3. Multiple choice: What is the maximum number of flies a single angler can use at once on the upper Rogue?

A. One

B. Three

C. Four

D. As many as you want as long as they have barbless hooks

 

4. True or False: A single plastic bead that resembles an egg is legal to use during the upper Rogue's flies-only season?

 

5. True or False: During the flies-only season, it is legal to use a bobber and spinning rod, provided that no swivels or weights are added.

 

6. Multiple Choice: When you tag a steelhead on the upper Rogue, what is the location code you need to enter on your harvest tag?

A. 228

B. 110

C. UR (for Upper Rogue)

D. Jackson County

 

7. True or False: On Nov. 1, it is legal to fish with bait in the upper Rogue downstream of the Shady Cove boat ramp.

 

8. True or False: The minimum size of an adult steelhead on the upper Rogue is 16 inches, compared to 20 inches on other Oregon streams.

 

9. True or False: A Jackson County Parks parking pass allows parking at the TouVelle State Park boat ramp downstream of Table Rock Road?

 

10. True or False: During the upper Rogue's fall flies-only season, using the juice from cured salmon roe to add scent to a yarn ball is the same as using cured roe itself.

 

Answers: 1 - True; 2 - False; 3 - B; 4 - False; 5 - True; 6 - A; 7 - False; 8 - True; 9 - True; 10 - False

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.

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