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  1. The 50% value was from the river harvest, not the hatchery. The %wild at the hatchery was much lower. Not many wild fish strayed into the hatchery. From the 2014 DEC report., "The percentages of wild fish in the hatchery from 2009-2014 varied by age and year class but were generally low with weighted (by sample size at each age) averages of 1.4%, 2.2% and 14.5% for the 2008-2010 year classes, respectively." "The low proportions of wild fish in the hatchery were in sharp contrast to the high proportions of wild Chinook salmon found in the Salmon River angler harvest sample, suggesting that wild fish display a low degree of straying into the SRH. Although wild fish are a substantial component of the Salmon River fishery, they do not contribute much to the hatchery broodstock..."
  2. Coho vs Atlantic. Coho has a black tongue and grey gums Atlantics tongue is light colored Coho has spots on upper lobe of.tail Atlantic.does not have spots on tail Coho has more rays in the anal fin >12-15 and Atlantic has 9-10 Browns also have 9-10 rays but they have a square tail vs Atlantic slightly forked. Browns have thick caudal peduncle, and 2 rows of teeth on the roof of mouth vs Atlantic have one. Steelhead have horizontal rows of small spots on both lobes of tail and a white mouth.
  3. Both New York and Canada tagged fish for pen project studies, and they found that the lake is a big melting pot of Kings during the spring and summer......fish caught at one port are from stockings all over the lake including Canadian fish.
  4. Vince: You might want to doublecheck with your DEC source. Everyone I've talked to who was actually there when the fish were rechecked (including the pen fish) say the trailer clipping was 98-99% accurate. Maybe you are confusing "clip" with "tag" as only a portion of the kings have been tagged. See the 2010 DEC stocking report. http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_ ... 0part1.pdf Also any report I've seen on ageing of Chinooks says that Kings are age 1-4 in Lake Ontario. See section 2 of the 2010 DEC report, table A10 and A13 for age breakdowns, or section 9 for fish in the hatchery. or page 41 of the Ontario MNR report, http://www.glfc.org/lakecom/loc/mgmt_un ... 011.01.pdf So all stocked kings in 2012 will be clipped (most, >95%) are now). I agree that there are enough alewife to produce big Kings but John's post is right on....that stocked and wild kings may both be important parts of the fishery. Time will tell.
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