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    Default Fish ID help

    I am sort of a newbie when it comes to ice/trout fishing. I caught this in Quartz. I think it is a rainbow but not sure. As you can tell by the look on my face this mutant fish is freaking me out. Thanks.

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    Default You're right

    Quote Originally Posted by Sapper 2-6 View Post
    I am sort of a newbie when it comes to ice/trout fishing. I caught this in Quartz. I think it is a rainbow but not sure. As you can tell by the look on my face this mutant fish is freaking me out. Thanks.

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    It is a rainbow. They can get really dark like that in spawning mode.

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    Default Strange Fish, is not.

    I can tell you it is dark for a reason, Its a land locked king.

    Trust your feelings...reach out.... you know it to be true.

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    Default Examples

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    Here is a landlocked coho and a landlocked king from Quartz Lake. Both fish have forked tails. The king appears much brighter in the pic than it is due to sunlight.

    Hope this helps. I believe your fish is a landlocked king.

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    Here is the easy way to ID the fish. Coho's (Silvers) will have spots on the top half of their tail only, Chinooks (Kings) will have spots on both halves of the tail and their gums are black, Rainbows also have spots on both halves of their tails but thier gums are white.

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    Look like a landlocked king to me!

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    Yup, it's a king.

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    One of the best ways to find out is looking at the mouth. Rainbows have both white gums and mouth.

    http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/state...7sctroutid.pdf

    Kings have both black gums and mouth while a silver is black mouth and white gums.

    http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/state...s/salmonid.pdf

    Hope some of that helps.

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    Default OK, you're all right

    Quote Originally Posted by JediMasterSalmonSlayer View Post
    I can tell you it is dark for a reason, Its a land locked king.

    Trust your feelings...reach out.... you know it to be true.

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    I didn't look at the tail. I looked at the size, the name "Quartz", and jumped to conclusions. Thought he was talking about Quartz Creek off of Kenai Lake (where you know there ain't gonna be no kings). My bad. I'm humbled.

    Next time I will reach out next time and trust my feelings...

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    Come one CMO its not luchtime. Get to work.
    By the way its a king

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    No kings in quartz creek off kenai lake? You are mistaken my friend haha, they are the owners of probably more than 40$ of my egg patterns when i was fishing for trout there! Anyways yeah quartz lake i think by paxon is what they are talking about.

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    Default Well

    Wrong again then. Didn't know they made it up that far. Would probably be hard to ice fish on Quartz Creek anyway.
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    Its a king
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Default King

    I caught a few just like that one and F&G said they were jacked out kings. I guess a small percentage will do that for some reason.

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    Default fittin' 2 b King

    I'd have to say a King Salmon.

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    did they ever stock that lake with king/pink hybreds? Could be one of those I suppose, weird that its so dark...
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    I cought a fish that looked just like that in meadow creek in september. I didn't think about the possibility of it being a king (because of the time of year) at the time but wanted to have it identified so I took it to an F&G bioligist and he said it was a jack king.
    So I say its a king.

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    Like they said Landlocked Coho, not sure how much bigger they get in Quartz but you do occassionaly see people catching them. There are other lakes here in the Interior with other landlocked salmon as well.

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    That isn't a Coho. It is a land-locked Chinook Salmon. Recently the ones that I've caught out of Quartz are quite dark. Most of the Silvers that I've hauled out of there look very bright.

    The easiest way to tell is by the spots on the back and tail fin as well as looking at the color of the gums.

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    Default Yeah...

    Quote Originally Posted by ak_powder_monkey View Post
    did they ever stock that lake with king/pink hybreds? Could be one of those I suppose, weird that its so dark...
    ... I remember reading about these several years ago. I think they called them "pinooks", and planted them on the west side of the inlet. Anyone ever catch such a critter?

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