Reply by: Kokanee Bro Posted: Aug. 27, 11:12:29 AM Points: 230
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.
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: Aug. 27, 9:41:11 PM Points: 8595
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 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.