I've got an odd question, when do female salmon develop their eggs?
I've been catching a lot of female kings around knight island, when cleaning them I've noticed that the hens have the egg compartments full of eggs, but the eggs are small, like caviar sized eggs, about half to a third of the size of king eggs I've seen at the little su.
Did some research that said that columbia salmon dont begin to develop their eggs until they hit fresh water, but thats the columbia, not up here.
So, when do female salmon develop their eggs and prep for spawning, the streams in PWS are kinda short for a prolonged developmental process.
Or is thats what happening when they school up on front of PWS rivers and streams? Developing their eggs and milt?
I guess the question is, when is a spawner a spawner and a feeder a feeder?
Any marine biologists in here?