Coho Salmon


Coho Salmon
(Oncorhynchus kisutch)

Coho salmon are also known as silver salmon or "silvers". During their ocean phase, coho salmon have silver sides and dark-blue backs. During their spawning phase, their jaws and teeth become hooked. After entering fresh water, they develop bright-red sides, bluish-green heads and backs, dark bellies and dark spots on their backs. Sexually maturing fish develop a light-pink or rose shading along the belly, and the males may show a slight arching of the back. Mature adults have a pronounced red skin color with darker backs and average 28 inches (71 cm) and 7 to 11 pounds (3.2 to 5.0 kg), occasionally reaching up to 36 pounds (16 kg).


Information & Facts
Common Names - Coho salmon, Silver salmon
Size Range - 6-12 lbs, up to 31 lbs
State Record - 25.34 lbs; Martin Cooper; Sekiu; September 28, 2001