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    Default Crazy steelhead w/ no top fins

    My buddy caught this Steelhead on the Cowlitz River (WA) over the weekend ... apparently this run of steelies have no dorsal or adipose fins!

    Has anyone ever seen anything like this before (at least on a salmon/trout/steelhead)?
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    The one in the picture has its adipose fin . . . just no dorsal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L. G. View Post
    The one in the picture has its adipose fin . . . just no dorsal.
    A very small adipose ... almost residual.

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    Are they hatchery reared? That is how they mark them in Idaho. They cut off a fin.
    That's what she said...

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    Quote Originally Posted by matjpow View Post
    Are they hatchery reared? That is how they mark them in Idaho. They cut off a fin.
    They also used to do that in Oregon. (In the old days when I live there.)

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    That's funny.

    That's a hatchery steelhead. They have their adipose fin cut off and most of them have chewed up dorsal fins due to being confined in a pen with a million of their brothers and sisters for an extended period of time. They nip at each other's fins.

    The fish in the photo is a mis-clip. Either a machine or a human messed up on the adipose clip on that fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parker View Post
    That's funny.

    That's a hatchery steelhead. They have their adipose fin cut off and most of them have chewed up dorsal fins due to being confined in a pen with a million of their brothers and sisters for an extended period of time. They nip at each other's fins.

    The fish in the photo is a mis-clip. Either a machine or a human messed up on the adipose clip on that fish.
    I was kind of thinking hatchery, but I thought it was weird that the dorsal fin was gone, too. But that explains it. Thanks for the info!

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    Doesn't the Cowletz have a nuke plant on the river?

    Yeah it's a hatchery run misclip. Washington used to clip only a certian number when they wanted tracking data. Now its part of their entire release program. You can not keep most wild salmon in Washingotn waters anymore. Barbless hooks and you must release all wild jacks. You see a lot of dead wild fish floating on the sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delta Tenderfoot View Post
    Doesn't the Cowletz have a nuke plant on the river?

    Yeah it's a hatchery run misclip. Washington used to clip only a certian number when they wanted tracking data. Now its part of their entire release program. You can not keep most wild salmon in Washingotn waters anymore. Barbless hooks and you must release all wild jacks. You see a lot of dead wild fish floating on the sound.
    No nuke on the Cowlitz .. and totally untrue on the jacks & other wild fish deal. Many streams have two fish per day limits on both wild kings and silvers and up to six jacks may be kept on most streams, wild or not. In addition, WA's definition of a "jack" is sub 24 inch chinoook, not 20 like AK. Many streams with hatchery additions also allow a couple of more adult hatchery fish in the limit in addition to the wild component.

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