One of the top gamefish species in the Pacific Northwest
As a Pacific Northwest fishing guide for 17 years, Coho salmon are my personal favorite salmon to fish for. They are known as "silvers" and for good reason. For the most part gleaming silver with a bright white bellies and metallic blue backs with irregular black spots. Spawning males have bright red sides, and bright green backs and heads, with darker colouration on their bellies. Coho salmon are swift, active fish and are found in most BC coastal streams and in many streams from California to Alaska. The Fraser River Coho Salmon start running in mid September and run into November, with October being prime time. Coho salmon run in size from about four pounds to some as big as eighteen pounds
Coho Salmon can be caught with a variety of methods from popping jigs to float fishing to spin casting with all being highly effective. The coho is also a fantastic salmon to fly fish for, often following your offering right to your feet before taking.Their willingness to take lures and their tendency to jump and dodge make them a favorite among sport fishers. In freshwater, Coho Salmon feed on aquatic and aerial insects, plankton and occasionally small fish.
Coho salmon return to the Interior Fraser River watershed during fall to spawn.The female creates a redd, which is a depression in the gravel, by turning onto her side and flapping her tail up and down. When the redd is deep enough, the female will lay her eggs. While this is occuring, the female is defended by a dominant male. While the eggs are laid, the dominant male releases sperm into the gravel nest. Usually between 800-1000 eggs are laid into each redd and between 3 to 5 reds are created. After spawning, the coho salmon defend their redds until they die some three to 15 days later. Young coho salmon fry emerge from the gravel the following spring and usually reside in freshwater for a year before migrating to saltwater
Coho salmon has rich, reddish-orange toned meat and has been called one of the best tasting salmon even though it has a lower price tag than king of sockeye salmon. Coho salmon is the in between salmon. They are not too big, not too small and have a mid-range fat and firmness level.Coho salmon are a perfect poaching fish. Their relatively low-fat content benefits from the gentle cooking, which keeps it moist. They are also tasty sautéed, fried or smoked but the lower fat content
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