Personal Record Coho Salmon for 2012 Season

 Posted by on September 30, 2012 at 6:20 am  Outdoors  Add comments
Sep 302012
 
Ten pound coho salmon from Olympic Penisula

Ten pound coho salmon from Olympic Peninsula

It has been an excellent season fishing for coho salmon on the Olympic Peninsula. On a recent trip, I hooked into a coho that was especially strong and fought well so I knew that it was going to be a big fish.  When I landed it, I immediately knew that this was going to be my personal best coho for this year.

The chunky, hook-nose coho buck with big shoulders weighed in at an even 10 lbs. and was 29″ long and had a girth of 17″! According to the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, local Puget Sound coho range from 6-12 lbs and can be up to 31 lbs. Having caught a 10 pounder, I can’t imagine hooking into a 30 pounder!

Coho salmon steaks

Coho salmon steaks

The fish was so thick that I decided to cut the salmon into steaks rather than filleting it like I usually do. Unfortunately, I did not own a big butcher knife or butcher bandsaw so the steak cuts were not perfect. Nevertheless, these steaks will be excellent steamed or grilled.

 

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