Elk River anglers: radio-tagged fish must be released unharmed


November 29, 2018

Photo provided/Austin Huff

A wild Elk River fall chinook is outfitted with a radio tag.

Elk River anglers are reminded to release unharmed any radio-tagged fall chinook salmon caught. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is conducting a research project tagging up to 100 hatchery and wild fall chinook below Elk River Hatchery.

Radio tags can often be mistaken for leaders as only the antenna is visible protruding from the fish's mouth. ODFW encourages anglers to check carefully as it is illegal to harvest these fish.

This telemetry study will help determine the spawning migration pattern of returning Elk River fall chinook. Researchers want to establish whether hatchery orig...

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