Upper Rogue steelies do disappearing act

    Low water flows in the Rogue River continue to hamper what started as an early showing of winter steelhead in the upper Rogue, with no clear change in the immediate future.

    With releases from Lost Creek Reservoir down to 900 cubic feet per second, winter steelhead movement in the upper Rogue has slowed to a crawl.

    Cole Rivers Hatchery crews Wednesday captured just two winter steelhead — one male and one female — during the seven days since the trap's last sweep, hatchery Manager David Pease says.

    Even so, 19 winter steelhead have reached the hatchery so far, and it's the first time that many have reached the hatchery by Jan. 23, Pease says.

    In the previous decade, no winter steelhead were captured there until the last week of January, Pease says.

    Two seats open on state fish and wildlife panel

    The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking two volunteers to fill seats on the southwest Oregon panel that helps determine what local projects get funded through the state's Access and Habitat Program.

    The program's Southwest Region Advisory Council has openings for members representing hunters and landowners.

    Anyone living in the five southwest Oregon counties can apply by the Feb. 28 deadline. Applicants should be interested in and experienced with hunting and/or wildlife conservation.

    To get an online application, visit the agency's website at www.dfw.state.or.us/lands/AH/get_involved.asp. For materials and more information, call Vince Oredson at 541-826-8774, ext. 232, or email him at Vince.J.Oredson@state.or.us.

    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com.

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