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I heard you are taking fish from the Pahsimeroi Hatchery and putting them back in the river. Do those fish show up in your hatchery reports?

Answer

No. The hatchery data you see on the Fish and Game website does not include recycled salmon. The fish that are put back in the fishery do return to the hatchery, but they are identified by a small hole punched in the right gill cover. Fisheries managers don't count them in the daily totals or grand totals for the hatchery. During the coming days while the Salmon River near Ellis remains open for Chinook salmon fishing, it's a pretty safe bet that a number of fish returning to the Pahsimeroi Hatchery is higher than the published number because of those recycled fish.