HAIKU MONDAY: On The Big Spill That Is

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is getting the measuring stick out because the upper Rogue River is finally getting a little extra water.

The releases from Lost Creek Lake to Hack’s home waters of the upper Rogue will inch up day and Tuesday morning, running from 1,500 cubic feet per second to 1,850 cfs.

The change means the fall chinook are coming and the party is about to start in Grants Pass.

More water brings ‘nooks/From the beach to middle Rogue/Many rods will bend.

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

The “spike” of water normally released Aug. 10 to draw fall chinook through the hot Lower Rogue Canyon without a fatal disease outbreak among them was postponed because the ‘nooks weren’t moving. Then rain and cool weather dropped the river by 6 degrees, emptying the bay of chinook and the run started coming.

With the spike getting put in place, they’ll be coming in droves.

Here come the chinook./Good time to be Grant Passer/Fall chinook’s backyard.

The early fish head to the Applegate, then the middle Rogue. Some of the best fishing will be in Taylor Creek and Hellgate canyons, where anglers already are running into salmon.

It’s a Kwikfish scene, largely because the pikeminnow snot-out roe faster than a Haiku Monday reader hits the X in the right-hand corner of the computer screen.

Haikus make screen crash./Just too many syllables/To remember right.


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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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