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~ 33 Lbs 4 oz. Caught at
Salmon River, Pulaski, NY on Sept. 27, 1989 by angler Jerry Lifton
~ Oncorhynchus Kisutch
~ Silver Salmon, Silversides, Hookbill, Hooknose, Sea Trout, Blueback
~ Coho salmon have dark
metallic blue or greenish backs with silver sides and a light belly and
there are small black spots on the back and upper lobe of the tail while
in the ocean. The gum line in the lower jaw has lighter pigment, being
whiteish or gray, than does
the Chinook salmon whose gums are black. Spawning fish in inland rivers
are dark with reddish-maroon coloration on the sides.
The size of an adult Coho may measure more than 2 feet in length
and can weigh up to 36 pounds. However, the average weight of a sport
fish caught Coho is 8 pounds.
~ Coho spend approximately the first half of their life cycle rearing
and feeding in streams and small freshwater tributaries. Spawning
habitat is small streams with stable gravel substrates. The remainder of
the life cycle is spent foraging in estuarine and marine waters of the
Pacific Ocean. The species was historically distributed throughout the
North Pacific Ocean from central California to Point Hope, Alaska,
through the Aleutian Islands, and from the Anadyr River, Russia, south
to Hokkaido, Japan.
~ In their freshwater stages, Coho feed on plankton and insects, and
switch to a diet of small fishes as adults in the ocean. The diet of
adult Coho include herring, pilchards, squid, and crustaceans.