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.
- 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);
- Brook 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.
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.
- 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.
Lake Fishing: Plugs, spoons, trolling flies, live or dead bait.
River Fishing: Spawn, Flies, Beads.
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