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Hatchery prepares salmon for Oahe

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RAPID CITY -- It's a monotonous job, but somebody has to do it in order to keep track of Chinook salmon in Lake Oahe.

Staff and volunteers at Cleghorn Springs State Fish Hatchery in Rapid City have been busy preparing 50,000 4-inch-long fingerling Chinook salmon for stocking in the massive Missouri River reservoir in May. Staffers mark the tiny fish one by one, clipping their adipose fins and implanting a tiny segment of coded wire into the cartilage in their nose.

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