Wild winter steelhead have been winning the race to the hook in the Umpqua River system. Hatchery steelhead have been a distant second during the first couple of months of the run. Since Umpqua’s wild steelhead must be released back into the river when caught, anglers haven’t been able to keep many fish. Most are frustrated by the lack of hatchery fish and the chance to take a fish home for dinner. Hatchery fish had their adipose fins clipped when they were fingerlings, differentiating them from wild fish. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologists are responding by encouraging …
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