The first spring chinook salmon reached Cole Rivers Hatchery on the Rogue River Tuesday, three weeks later than last year.
The chinook was discovered in the hatchery trap during Tuesday's collection, though it was unclear exactly when the fish arrived, says David Pease, the hatchery's assistant manager.
Anglers have been anticipating the return of springers to the upper Rogue for weeks, especially after a good showing of chinook — including a high percentage of hatchery fish — in the lower Rogue more than a month ago.
But high, cool water flows this spring have not enticed springers to migrate upstream in strong numbers yet.
Anglers may keep only fin-clipped hatchery chinook in the Rogue through May.
Teenagers interested in a summer camp to learn about the outdoors have until May 1 to apply for the Fremont National Forest's annual Resources and People Camp, or RAP Camp.
The camp, open to students ages 13 to 18, runs June 12-18 at Camp Esther Applegate at Lake of the Woods.
RAP Camp is a natural resources education program that aims to engage both students and teachers in nature-based activities. The camp, in its 20th year, annually draws students from the Medford area, Forest Service spokeswoman Erica Hupp says.
The camp costs $150, and financial aid is available.
Applications can be downloaded from www.rapcamp.org. For more information, call Shirley Kerns at 541-883-6716.
Fishing show feted
"Joy of Fishing," a cable TV show hosted by former Marshfield High School teacher and wrestling coach Wayne Van Burger, has been nominated for outstanding achievement for a sports program series.
Cinematographer and editor Travis Cooper, Van Burger's partner in Beaver Hill Productions, garnered individual nominations for editing and photography.
The series' inaugural season included shows on fly-fishing for steelhead on the Rogue River, as well as Van Burger's catch and release of a large white sturgeon in the lower Rogue.
The show's second season is set to air this fall on ROOT Sports, formerly Fox Sports Northwest.
Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.