Chinook are the prized species on the Rogue, but if you catch a pikeminnow and take a pic of it, you could win a prize.
ODFW’s Rogue Pikeminnow Roundup is on now through the end of the month on the famed Southern Oregon river.
To enter, send your pic to the agency’s Central Point office and you’ll be entered in a raffle, which features $20 gift cards from a local sporting goods and variety store in Medford, according to Mail Tribune outdoor reporter Mark Freeman.
Just as with the northern pikeminnow sport reward program on the Columbia and lower Snake, the idea is to reduce predation on young spring Chinook and other smolts as part of an ODFW management plan.
Freeman reports that anglers are encouraged to keep any they catch and turn them in at two locations in the Grants Pass area, Wildlife Images and Bradbury’s Guns-n-tackle, where they will be collected weekly and fed to wild critters undergoing rehabilitation.
For more details, see Freeman’s article.