State fish biologists are trying to take eight-ninths of salmon poachers’ tricks away from them by ratcheting down on hook rules at the Rogue River’s Hatchery Hole during the spring chinook salmon-fishing season.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has proposed allowing just one single-point hook while angling along the side of Cole Rivers Hatchery instead of the current rule allowing up to three treble hooks, which sport three points each.
It’s the latest anti-snagging regulation proposed for the hole at the base of the hatchery’s fish trap, where casters are notorious for using hooks to snag and illegally keep fish not hooked inside the mouth.
“It’s due to continued social problems and complaints from the public not liking what they see at the Hatchery Hole during the spring chinook season,” said Dan VanDyke, ODFW’s Rogue District fish biologist.
If adopted, the rule would run April 1 through July 31, which is the end of the chinook season in the far upper Rogue.
The proposal is part of a suite of possible changes that are up for public comment. Most of the proposals involve streamlining salmon and steelhead rules, but this is the only one proposed by ODFW for the Rogue Basin.
A similar slim-down of regulations for trout and bass fishing was completed in 2016.
Comments on the current proposals can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final 2019 sportfishing regulations will be adopted by the Fish and Wildlife Commission at its Sept. 14 meeting in Bandon, where public testimony will be taken.
Arrow-shot deer case still open
A $2,600 reward has yet to prove effective in tracking down the person or persons who fired target arrows into two black-tailed deer last month in Shady Cove.
Oregon State Police so far have “struck out” on leads in the case, which went viral in early May after troopers posted photos of the deer walking around, one with an arrow through its head below the mouth and the other with an arrow through its neck, said Sgt. Jim Collom, from OSP’s Fish and Wildlife Division.
The deer were found in a Shady Cove neighborhood and sedated by state wildlife biologists who removed the arrows and released the deer with full expectation that they would survive.
The arrows were target arrows without hunting broadheads on them and they did not strike any vital organs, biologists said at the time.
The deer were found in the Mason Way area of Shady Cove, the same neighborhood where another deer was wounded with a crossbow bolt. That deer also was captured, treated in the field and released.
The reward in the new case includes $1,500 from the Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association, which decried the woundings as “a twisted act of poaching.”
DewClaw Archery Supplies of Medford contributed $500 toward the reward, and the Ashland Archers group pitched in $100, according to ODFW. OHA also offered its standard $500 reward for a deer-poaching case through its Turn In Poachers program, called TIP, which it administers with OSP.
Anyone with information about the case can call the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or the OSP dispatch center at 541-776-6111. Tipsters can remain anonymous and still receive a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.