HAIKU MONDAY: On Finding Hatchery Chinook

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is lying in wait for the start of the spring Chinook season on the upper Rogue River, Hack’s home waters.

Can’t wait to get pissed off at springers.

Spring Chinook don’t bite./Drive Hack nuts in search of them./Only get wild ones.

For you few Haiku Monday virgins, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style about the outdoors and whatever, with some bad versions of old Japanese poetry sprinkled in.

It’s the schtick, Baby!

Gotta have a schtick/To rise above cyber-crap./Hack’s crap bests the field.

The thing about springer fishing on the Rogue is, well, they drive everybody crazy.

They are the best-eating fish in Oregon freshwater, but they are so frustrating to catch because they are such finicky biters.

And most of the upper Rogue is open only to keeping hatchery Chinook, which can be problematic. Last year, Hack released 12 wild Chinook that totaled more than 200 pounds of potential fillets.

Note the word…potential.

Find hatchery ‘nooks?/Hack can’t find the fin-clipped dudes./Drive a dude batty.

Best way to catch hatchery fish is to work migration lanes, not holding holes. Kwikfish over bait, too.

Inside turns on gravel bars and staying away from water deeper than 8 feet.

Catch ‘em and kill ‘em./Got to catch hatchery ‘nooks/Or just get pissed off.


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    Mark Freeman

    I've underachieved as the Mail Tribune's Fish Hack since 1989. I can't help but find a few things to yuk about with pathetic regularity in the outdoors. My most treasured award? An OSHA citation for a messy desk -- Fire hazard. YEAH! Read Full
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