Volunteers and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) staff successfully collected 107 adult steelhead in the lower Grande Ronde River at Troy last month in the second year of a hatchery management project.

ODFW biologists selected steelhead adults returning to the basin early in the run to use as hatchery broodstock to explore whether their progeny also will arrive in the fall. Early arrival of hatchery steelhead to the Grande Ronde basin should improve fall steelhead angling in the Grande Ronde River and reduce the numbers of fish straying into other river systems.

ODFW plans to continue this broodstock collection project for two more years.

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