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Lake: Wolford Mountain Reservoir
Fish: Kokanee

Anyone ever see a weird looking Kokanee like this?

Post By: Kokanee Bro      Posted: 8/26/2017 8:11:23 PM     Points: 233    
Got this weird looking Kokanee today and was wondering if anyone had ever seen one like this before? Anyone know what causes this? It almost looked like a mahi-mahi...
 Reply by: hunter creek      Posted: 8/27/2017 9:20:57 AM     Points: 1571    
I think that is a chub. There are lots of those in Wolford.
 Reply by: Kokanee Bro      Posted: 8/27/2017 11:12:29 AM     Points: 233    
It was probably 16-17" and was hanging in a school of kokes... the colors on its back and side are identical to Kokanee. I am pretty sure it is a Koke. But one thing is for sure--I have never seen a Kokanee that looked like that. I did catch a trout one time at Blue Mesa that was all elongated like that and skinny. Thought it may be some genetic defect or something. If anyone has any insight I am really curious so please share.
 Reply by: crappie-slayer      Posted: 8/27/2017 11:26:18 AM     Points: 145    
It's a kokanee definitely. Pretty cool coloration..
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: 8/27/2017 2:15:23 PM     Points: 4216    
Looks like a smelt.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 8/27/2017 6:02:30 PM     Points: 1368    
As good as the DOW is,with as many kokes they hatch and release . .there is bound to be a odd one here and there.Did you keep the fish,if so . .what did the flesh look like? I know you can't rely on the meat color,but was it a Salmonoid color?
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: 8/27/2017 9:41:11 PM     Points: 8705    
Kokanee Bro,

I have seen that a few times.
Typically it is a fish that is beginning to succumb to a bacterial infection. All fish have it... just that you caught one that is succumbing to it.
I'm curious if it would fluoresce under a black light.

The only other time I've seen a fish that yellow is after we have put subjected them to an oxytetracycline bath for about an hour to mark their otolith for a research study. Typically, this process is with small fish, not large ones. So I'm guessing that it was just a sick koke.

I hope that gives you some ideas.

 Reply by: Kokanee Bro      Posted: 8/27/2017 9:49:51 PM     Points: 233    
I did not keep it... it was long but not much meat. Also, I tend not to eat fish that look like they have been swimming in a nuclear reactor's cooling pool. I have little doubt about it being a Kokanee though.
 Reply by: Kokanee Bro      Posted: 8/27/2017 9:51:49 PM     Points: 233    
Thanks fishseal that makes sense.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 8/28/2017 8:06:57 AM     Points: 4196    
I've seen a few like that at Dillion over the years. Glad FS chimmed in, I would have guessed it was due to some feeding disorder or digestive issue with that fish.