Coho Salmon

Oncorhynchus kisutch

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  • Coho Salmon |  Photo: USFWS
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Basic Information






Coho Salmon are generally up to 3.25 feet in length.


Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) facts, description, habitat, range, pictures and fly fishing tips to help you catch and identify the fish.


Bering Sea to California, spawning can happen very far inland.

What does the Coho Salmon look like?

Saltwater coloration is silver sides and dark-blue backs with irregular dark spots. Freshwater coloration is bright red sides and blue-green back with irregular dark spots.

How to catch Coho Salmon

Alaska is your best chance for landing a big one.

Coho Salmon Facts

Young Coho Salmon stay in freshwater for about a year before migrating to the ocean. They will live in saltwater for up to three years before returning to freshwater to spawn. Both the male females die after spawning. Flyfisherman know the Coho is a tough fish to land, it's a fighter but those lucky enough to reel one in are rewarded with a tasty snack or the simply satisfaction of landing one.

Coho Salmon Distribution

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