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A Coho Salmon from Bowmanville Creek.

Coho Salmon- What it looks like:

  • Deep-bodied but thin from side to side;
  • Blue or green back;
  • Silvery sides;
  • White belly;
  • Tail spotted on upper lobe only;
  • Dark mouth, light grey gums;
  • Leading ray on anal fin extends 1/2 – 2/3 the length of the fin;
  • Short, narrow caudal peduncle (where body and tail join);
  • Smaller than Chinook salmon.
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Coho Salmon from the Ganaraska River, Lake Ontario.

Size:

  • Length: 30-75 centimetres (12-30 inches);
  • Weight: 2.25-4.5 kilograms (5-10 pounds);
  • Ontario record: 13 kilograms (28.6 pounds);
  • Similar fish;
  • Chinook Salmon;
  • Rainbow Trout (Great Lakes);
  • Coho SalmonBrook Trout;
  • Where it is found;
  • RangeRange of the Coho Salmon in Ontario;
  • Native to the North Pacific Ocean;
  • Introduced to the Great Lakes;
  • Spend most of the year in the cold waters of the Great Lakes;
  • Return to tributary streams to spawn;
  • Use Fish ON-Line, an interactive mapping tool, to find specific lakes and rivers.
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A Coho Salmon from The Ganaraska river.

Habitat:

Juveniles and spawning adults prefer small streams gather at the mouth of rivers in the late summer and early fall before migrating upstream to spawn.

Angling Tips:

  • Very popular, feisty sporting fish;
  • Usually caught near the surface and leap repeatedly, changing direction quickly;
  • Smaller than Chinook salmon;
  • Aggressive and likely to bite a wider range of baits and lures;
  • Usually stop feeding once they move upstream in fall, but are aggressive and territorial and will hit lures in defense–try rattle baits, spinners and plugs;
  • Down rigging and trolling work best when fishing in the Great Lakes;
  • Troll deep with plugs, spoons and live or dead bait;Sstill-fish in moderately deep water using live, salted or fresh-cut herring.

Common Baits:

Lake Fishing: Plugs, spoons, trolling flies, live or dead bait.

River Fishing: Spawn, Flies, Beads.

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