Mary of Turtle Rock Resort in Gold Beach, Oregon (photo top right), caught this 15-pounder Chinook salmon in August 2016. With the crystal-clear beauty of a blue sky and even bluer sparkling Rogue River behind her, Mary proudly holds her "catch of the day."
John (pictured at right below Mary's photo), a guest a Turtle Rock Resort, also caught this 20-lb. Coho salmon along the same stretch of the Rogue River in August, among other "smaller" salmon displayed behind him.
John and Mary had banner days!
Also at right is Mark, who caught two (really, two!) gigantic Chinook Salmon in late September.
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About Chinook Salmon
The Chinook salmon is the largest species in the Pacific salmon genus Oncorhynchus. The common name refers to the Chinookan peoples. Other vernacular names for the species include king salmon, Quinnat salmon, spring salmon, and Tyee salmon. The scientific species name is based on the Russian common name chavycha. Chinook and other Pacific salmon evolved from lake dwelling Salmo-like fish somewhere between 500,000 and 1,000,000 years ago.
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About Coho Salmon
Coho or Silver Salmon are an anadromous fish species found on both sides of the Pacific Ocean, found from Japan and Eastern Russia throughout Alaska and as far south as Monterey Bay in California. The Southern Oregon and Northern California Coast population found in the Rogue River Basin is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in the United States, one of four Evolutionary Signifigant Units that is listed. Silver Salmon fishing, also known as Coho Salmon, are the most aggressive salmon we fish for. These Silver Salmon demons average 8 to 15 pounds with Silver Salmon to 19 pounds on the Rogue River and Coquille River. These mint bright Silver Salmon are very aggressive to bite and active fighters. The best time is mid September thru October.Coho prefer smaller relatively low-gradient streams for spawning, the juvenile fish will often spend their first year in small side channels, backwaters and beaver ponds before traveling to the ocean. After their time spent at sea Coho return to our streams and rivers averaging around eight pounds, and measuring approximately two feet long.
Coho are very sensitive to pollutants, more so than other salmonids. Amounts of copper, zinc or cadmium in the water has been documented to affect the Coho’s olfactory sense, impairing it’s ability to return upstream to spawn, or being lethal to the salmon in higher concentrations. Non-point source pollution from stormwater in particular seems to be particularly lethal, with dieoff rates in urban streams getting as high as 90% when they are exposed to urban stormwater.
In addition to their sensitivity to pollutants, like all salmonids and many trout species Coho are affected in many ways by dams, habitat destruction, mining, agriculture, logging, water diversion, urbanization and climate change. Because of their listed status under the Endangered Species Act, Coho habitat is one of the main focuses of restoration efforts in the Rogue Basin.