that is a top notch selfie. and fish on a tough day. full marks.Good work Tanner, kickin butt as usual!
Got one this morning before the big rains, chrome hen that put up an excellent fight! Tore downriver 30 yards or so and water was low enough to chase from the bank. Was a blast, here is a horrible selfie, I suck at taking them. Was trying to look funny but I look kinda crazy instead
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That is one large wild hatchery fish, or should I say hatchery wild...…..watchery?with this rain/snow event happening, the fishing is really going to heat up soon, makes this a good time to share a beautiful oddball fish- "Big Red" is an "Un-clipped non-native" fish, 36" and close to 20#. He recently took a left turn at the Port of Siuslaw RV campground, crossed a large mudflat, went around the back and found the mouth of Munsel creek and ended up in the STEP trap on the creek. We get these 'egg-to-fry' steelhead in that trap every year trying to get to Munsel lake, this one was impressive.
his parents would have been clipped fish spawned at the Whittaker trap, the fertilized eggs go to our small STEP hatchery, then into an aquarium in an elementary school classroom, they hatch, the kids observe, learn, feed, then release them as 1" fry at the Munsel creek boat launch. Amazing, from a classroom aquarium to this beautiful brute.
sure would be nice to see more fish like this in the system.
(After the quick picture, our guys released him downstream.)