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Scientists want to breed fish to be better biters

THIS UNDATED photo provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows the Oregon Hatchery Research Center near Alsea, Ore. The center has agreed to do an experiment on whether hatchery-produced steelhead can be bred to be better biters. A growing body of evidence indicates that hatchery fish bite anglers' hooks less frequently than wild fish. Oregon spends $25 million a year on producing salmon and steelhead for anglers to catch.

AP Photo/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
THIS UNDATED photo provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows the Oregon Hatchery Research Center near Alsea, Ore. The center has agreed to do an experiment on whether hatchery-produced steelhead can be bred to be better biters. A growing body of evidence indicates that hatchery fish bite anglers' hooks less frequently than wild fish. Oregon spends $25 million a year on producing salmon and steelhead for anglers to catch.



In a lifetime of fishing for winter steelhead on Oregon’s Alsea River, Stan Steele has seen it get harder and harder to hook into hatchery-bred fish...

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