Pacific Salmon Identification

As prepared by Steve Thiesfeld  Pacific Salmon Recreational Salmon Fishery Manager of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Chinook (King)
   *    Mouth is dark with a black gum line
*    Large, sharp teeth
*    Spots on both lobes of tail
*    Large spots on back

Coho (Silver)
   *    Mouth is light with white gum line
*    Medium size, sharp teeth
*    Spots only on upper lobe of tail
*    Spots on back
*    Wide caudal peduncle
Pink   (Humpy)
*    Mouth is white with black gum line
*    In marine areas, almost no teeth
*    Large oval spots on both lobes of tail
*    Large black spots on back
*    Pointed lower jaw
*    No silver on tail
*    Very small scales
Chum  (Dog)
   *    Mouth is white with a white gum line
*    Well developed teeth
*    No spots on tail or back
*    Calico markings (vertical bars)
– faint on bright fish
*    Narrow caudal peduncle
*    White tip on anal fin
Sockeye  (Red)
   *    Mouth is white with a white gum line
*    Almost  toothless
*    No spots on tail or back
*    Large bright gold glassy eye
*    Deep blue color on back

 

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