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Chinook (Kings) / King Salmon
Spring Chinook: March 15th-May 30th Kalama River, Cowlitz River
Fall Chinook: September-November
Chinook are the largest species of Pacific Salmon. Chinook are anadromous fish that are native to the North Pacific Ocean and the various river systems of western North America, and ranging from California to Alaska. A large Chinook is a very sought-after catch for a sporting angler. The flesh of the King salmon is also high in dietary nutritional content, which includes high levels of important omega-3 fatty acids. King Salmon is known for its hard fighting and aggressive characteristics. King Salmon are an incredible and memorable species for any angler.
Coho(Silver Salmon): October-December31st
Humptulips River, Satsop River, Chehalis River
Coho Salmon are another prized and sought after species of Pacific Salmon due to their aggressive chasing behavior towards spinners and jigs. The Coho is also known as excellent table fare. It has a medium to high-fat content, which is considered to be essential when judging the taste of the Coho. The spring chinook and sockeye salmon are the only other fish to have higher levels of fat in their meat. The Spring Chinook are also known to put up quite a fight when hooked into! Catching one is a blast to experience!
Winter Run Steelhead:
Humptulips River, Satsop River, Chehalis River, Clearwater River, Wynoochee River
Summer Run Steelhead:
Wynoochee River, Humptulips River, Kalama River, Cowlitz River
The Steelhead is an anadromous (sea-run) form of the coastal rainbow trout that spends two to three years in the ocean before returning to freshwater to spawn. Like Salmon, Steelhead returns to their original hatching grounds to spawn. Steelhead are iteroparous, which means they are able to make several spawning trips between fresh and saltwater. It’s said that fewer than 10% of native spawning adults survive from one spawning to another.
There are two different runs—“summer-run steelhead” and “winter-run steelhead”. Summer-run fish leave the ocean and head for their spawning grounds between May and October where they finish maturing in the freshwater and spawn in the spring. Summer run fish usually spawn in longer, more inland rivers such as the Columbia River and it’s tributaries.
Winter-run fish are ready to spawn when they leave the ocean. This occurs typically between November and April. They spawn shortly after returning to freshwater. Winter-run fish generally spawn in shorter coastal rivers such as those found in Washington State in the Olympic Peninsula and British Columbia coastline.
Steelhead are a highly prized game fish. Many anglers consider the Steelhead one of the toughest and hardest-fighting species pound for pound. The Steelhead is known for leaping out of the water when hooked and for putting up a powerful struggle.
A Steelhead fresh out of the saltwater can be described as having tender meat with a mild, nutty flavor.
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