Whats the Deal with the resident silver fishery?


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Before saying something is retarded why don't you use the search function on the forum or search for the history of Puget Sounds' resident coho fishery on the net. It may not be for everyone and it provides a nearly year round fishery for us, especially when the rivers blow out.
tight lines...


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I don't necessarily think he's trolling, simply unaware of what a resident coho is. Resident coho are coho who, for whatever reason, do not choose to make the long oceanic migration of most of their brethren. Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia, all of the protected inland waters of what has now been designated The Salish Sea, once hosted large and healthy populations of these coho which chose to remain, feed and grow within their waters. Sixty years ago, we used to fish for them in the spring, the limit was six fish under eighteen inches and the most popular tackle was a string of pop gear with a worm trailing behind. We called them "feeder silvers" and it was a very popular fishery.

Such overfishing in the sport fishery may have been a factor in their decline as has been the continuing deterioration of suitable freshwater spawning and rearing habitat which has decimated all coho populations. A couple of decades ago it was discovered that, by retaining hatchery-reared coho beyond their normal smolting time, they could be induced to remain within a localized area throughout their saltwater growing period. Although the majority of today's resident coho are probably of hatchery origin, there are still native populations.

A similar phenomenon occurs among chinook; our "blackmouth" are, essentially "resident chinook". Just as blackmouth don't normally reach the same size as the ocean-going chinook population (although, if memory serves, the Puget Sound record blackmouth is over thirty pounds), mature resident coho seem to run considerably smaller than those who make the oceanic loop; rarely exceeding five pounds.


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Thanks for posting some of the history behind it. Thought I would let him research it and didn't think he was trolling. The residents seem to be putting on a little weight and soon should be table fare size. Seeing more hatchery residents than a few weeks ago where the majority were wild or unclipped. Also saw a blackmouth, I believe, surface about 40 feet from shore and about 24-30 inches. Just saw its silvery blue back.
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I teach high school mathematics and get an up close look at kids every day and your comment reminds me of something one of my freshmen might say. Are you a kid or an adult?


the sultan of swing
Seems like "retarded" questions! :beathead:

Retarded ? for a forum that a majority of members are all about native stock only,I'm wondering why we are still in favor of mutating silvers & kings to stay in the sound so we have some thing to fish year round,maybe we shouldn't fish year round and give the salmon a break!