Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Dan Page, Dec 24, 2013.
Forgive my ignorance but did the fish live? Get released? What was is the fish's fait?
That thing looks awesome!!
I think I read it was released upriver.
So is this fish the offspring from a hatchery fish, that was spawned in the wild???
(just kickin up the currents... )
Hehe, was reading this on my iPad as I just woke up and missed that last bit of info in the article. Time to get my coffee on and hit the stores for some last min shopping!
I know Mike caught a few unclipped /wild fish last year. It is just great to see one so large return so early.
PS Steelheaders are just eternal optimist
That's early for a wild fish to return. Most arrive in March.
Must of been lost
Glad to see nobody post a rant about the fish being out of the water. The maturity level of members on THIS site is one grade level above most others.
of course... someone is bound to prove me wrong.
I just can't believe that pic! Why did he have to do the $$ pose with that fish??? Wtf man!
"...it was returned to the upper Cowlitz River to contribute its significant genetics to the steelhead gene pool in the upper river."
What the hell are 'significant genetics'. Beer nearly came outta my nose.
It's code for "he was big."
The hatchery gets a pass for lifting fish out of water when they are being sorted to go into a hatchery pond or into the truck for the ride upriver.
Significant genetics could also be code for surviving against all odds, making it downstream with still a marginally effective juvenile fishway, and, well, you can see part of what he has to go through to get back upstream beyond the dams.
Do you know if DNA samples are taken from fish like this? Wondering if this is old Cowlitz genetics or some introduced genetics or a mix. Is it possible to tell?
That fish was affected by some Fukushima juice and it turned into an ogre of a steelhead!