New hours affect the popular “Hatchery Hole”
April 17, 2013
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – With spring chinook salmon about to arrive in the upper Rogue River, anglers should be aware of a change in fishing regulations effective this year.
From April 1 to July 31, the Rogue River from the ODFW markers downstream from the fish ladder entrance at Cole Rivers Hatchery to the Highway 62 bridge at McGregor Park is closed to all angling from 8 p.m. to one-half hour before sunrise. This new regulation affects several popular spring chinook fishing holes including the “Hatchery Hole.”
Previously, this section of river was closed to angling from 7 p.m. to one hour before sunrise. The new regulation is meant to address a problem with people snagging and keeping illegally hooked fish in the morning when it was too dark for Oregon State Police to clearly observe the illegal activity. Also, extending the legal angling hour to 8 p.m. gives people more time to fish in the evening.
Last year, more than 10,000 hatchery spring chinook returned to Cole Rivers Hatchery, the best return in eight years. A similar run is expected this year. “The hatchery run provides the fishery for upper river anglers.” said David Haight, Assistant District Fish Biologist. “We just want to remind anglers of the importance of angling ethically, following the regulations, and being considerate of others. The upper Rogue is a beautiful place to fish and we are all responsible for keeping it that way.”
Anglers should check the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for more information.