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2017 AOTY/DOTY Entry

Topic: Juvenile king salmon?  (Read 1712 times)

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SandBag

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Caught this little guy among a bunch of small trout in a ripple onthe lower AR. The trout I could clearly identify as trout but this one stumped me. Released it and did some research, it appears to be a juvi salmon, but it's hard to be positive without the fish still being in my hand.
Anyone know for sure?


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I'd say juvenile steelie..  Dont think the king fingerlings and juveniles stay in the river to that size...  Adipose fin looks intact......... wild one
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I was thinking the same thing about salmon leaving at a smaller size.

Nice so see some naturally spawned juvies in the home river. A few of the trout looked to be natives as well but all small.


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rainbow. doesn't count as a steelie until its 16" long.

but its a juvenile.


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Looks like a rainbow to me.  For comparison sakes here's a juvy salmon from the Trinity a few months ago:
                     
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Haha ya LEGALLY a bow give it a year or so.

That pic does shine some light on th situation.


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I think it's a rainbow trout also (parrmark style, rounder head, & less folk on tail).



That pic does shine some light on th situation.
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Just check the gums next time.  :smt002


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if anyone is interested the AR is covered in salmon fry... the shallows are loaded down to Rossmoor...  i have been using a one inch smolt fly with an egg sack just below the head...... used it in mostly faster water on a nymph rig.  6 fish to the shore.. largest landed was 16" but we had some nice fish in the air.

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caught and released these at Stevens Creek...

Steelhead or rainbows??????


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caught and released these at Stevens Creek...

Steelhead or rainbows??????
Oncorhynchus mykiss...


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Mooch, Uminchu is telling you that rainbows and steelhead are the same species.  When they look like your picture, they're  in their stream coloration.  When they smolt and go to sea, or think they're going to sea, they turn chrome (a much better camouflage for ocean life).  Many Oncorhynchus mykiss don't go to sea at all, and we call them rainbows.  Many rainbows can have coastal steelhead as parents......or the other way around......or even rainbows can (and do) spawn with big, old steelhead.

Steelhead live in a crazy world.


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I love the parr markings on the small Rainbows. Very cool catch.
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