Steelhead or Salmon.?? ..please help w ID

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by BruceAC, Jan 15, 2010.

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  1. Nate Dutton

    Nate Dutton I'm a teacher, I fish to eat!

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    Guys, I have been fishing the Snoqualmie for years, look at the gums, tail, and spots.....this is an ATLANTIC SALMON! its trying to spawn in the wild. Obviously....how did you guys not catch that?
     
  2. Nate Dutton

    Nate Dutton I'm a teacher, I fish to eat!

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    that was a joke by the way. didn't want to get slaughtered.
     
  3. Richard Torres

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    Nate you beat me to the punch!! :clown:

    I was going to ask Nathan for his opinion too...:ray1:

    Nathan are you out there??
     
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    Male coho-
    and I second the OMJ grumpy comment- I rarely comment on him- but sometimes I just can't help it :-{
     
  5. wet line

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    I guess I am in the same boat as Jim!

    It isn't like there aren't resources available for identifing the primary fish in our rivers and lakes. that too is a part of fishing! In fact it is a responsibility!!!

    Though I can appreciate someone asking what is this fish? That is part of the learning process. There has been more than one pic of someone posting a pic of a bright Snoqulmie Silver caught in January thought to be a Steelhead.

    Long threads go on and on about rods, lines, reels, waders etc. The gear is just the gear and has very little to do with the fish! If competance is the goal then the gear means little. It is the fish you need to focus on. You need to know your quarry if you really want to become competant!

    Dave
     
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    Take a wander through any of these photos. they are all pretty much in order from a Google search for "Coho salmon images." I linked the ones that showed colored fish with lots more kype and less color, identified hens with kypes, and others that showed enough clarity to help make the point. The only fish I left out were chromers, pretty much.

    If anyone has trouble understanding my point after looking at a few of these images I do not know what to say.

    I am not saying it absolutely is a hen, but I would bet good money it is and take my chances.
    art

    http://voycecanada.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/coho-salmon.jpg

    http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/genetics/images/coho1.jpg

    http://www.alaska-adventures.net/image_support/images/coho_stan_small.jpg

    http://soundwaves.usgs.gov/2006/07/BigCohoLG.jpg

    http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/resources/usfws/cohomale.jpg/medium.jpg

    http://wdfw.wa.gov/wildwatch/salmoncam/graphics/hatchery/male_coho.jpg

    http://www.alaskalogcabininn.com/Pictures/Sports/salmon_coho.jpg

    http://www.deltanewsweb.com/archives/images/20021016_coho.jpg

    I guided for this outfit back in the '80s and just stumbled on the new website. Hoppy, the Matser Guide back then, sold this some years ago;
    http://images.google.com/imgres?img...oho+salmon&gbv=2&ndsp=20&hl=en&sa=N&start=200

    Male and female side by side;
    http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/images/species/Salmon/cohofresh.jpg

    Identified female with far less color than the posted fish;
    http://www.esablawg.com/esalaw/ESBlawg.nsf/images/KRII-7DQ5C8/$File/CohoSalmonFemale.jpg

    Bright male with far more kype than the pictured fish;
    http://www.crystalcreeklodge.com/images/silverheadshot.gif
     
  7. Big Tuna

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    It appears the fish was an incidental catch. He asked a freakin' simple question. Maybe he hasn't caught a lot of male coho. I've never fished for salmon, so have little knowledge about them. There's always someone waiting in the wings to start bitching about something. Some of y'all need to get a life.
     
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    Was that directed at me?
     
  9. WaFlyCaster

    WaFlyCaster Tricoptera

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    I can see both OMJ point of view and others who are defending the original poster. This forum is for getting your questions answered big and small, easy and complex. People should not get shit on for asking the simple questions, BUT they should do a LITTLE research prior to asking a question. This was by all means an easy identification if taking two minutes to look at pg 72 of the reg book(fish almost looks identical to the one in the image for coho). IMHO people should def be familiar with fish ID prior to ever stepping foot on a local river. If not, how can one properly follow the regulations if planning on harvesting keepable fish???
     
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    WaFlyCaster Tricoptera

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    Also agree the fish does more closely resemble a hen than a buck...but i have seen a few small bucks that dont have much of a kype similar to the photo.
     
  11. hap

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    A river I fished a lot this past fall had the coho limit raised to 10 per day... It was incredible fishing for a long time. Few get to catch as many coho in a lifetime as I did this past year. I had double digit days on dries several times. We fished a lot of different rivers and caught lots everywhere.

    There is a tiny chance the fish is a male... But odds are it is a hen.
    art
     
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    I'm only going to slaughter you because you stole my joke.

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  14. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    Dude you were able to raise fish there?!! Nice!
     
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    all their pictures look right to me. which are you saying is wrong?


    forgot the quote. this comment is a reply to the below..


     
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