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~ 14 Lbs. 13 oz. Caught at
Monroe, WA on Sept. 30, 2001 by angler Alexander Minerich
~ Oncorhynchus Gorbuscha
~ Humpback Salmon, humpy, fall Salmon, pink humpback
~ Pink salmon can be distinguished from other Pacific salmon by the
presence of large dark oval spots on the back and the entire caudal fin
and their general coloration and form. In the sea, pink salmon are steel
blue to blue-green on the back, silver on the sides, and white on the
belly. Breeding males become dark on the back and red with brownish
green blotches on the sides. Breeding females are similar but less
distinctly colored. Maturing males also develop a hump on their back.
~ The average angler caught Pink Salmon is 3 to 5 pounds and 20 to 25
inches long. The Pink Salmon Can grow to 15 pounds and 30 inches.
~ The Pink Salmons range from the Arctic coast in Alaska and territories
in Canada to central California. Pink salmon in their native range have
a strict two year life cycle, thus odd and even-year populations do not
interbreed. Adult pink salmon enter spawning streams from the ocean,
usually returning to the water course, or race, where they originated.
Spawning occurs between late June and mid-October. Pink salmon spawn in
coastal streams and some longer rivers.
~ Pink salmon generally feed on small crustaceans, zooplankton, swimming
mollusks, and small fish.