This Great Blue Heron is fishing for smolts but he is not nearly as successful as the mergansers.
Usually the mergansers just dive to get crawdads or mudcats off the bottom of the river. But smolt were released upriver this month. Steelhead smolt must be fast because the chase is on! Check out this video.
According to ODFW 20,000 stock and 80,000 wild stock Winter Steelhead, size 6 fish/pound, have been or will be released into the Alsea River this month. 40,000 stock Winter Steelhead are also to be released into Five Rivers.
Read more about the Alsea River Hatchery.