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#1 troutddicted

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 12:03 PM

Hey gang,

 

With more and more Atlantic Salmon showing up in the systems, I figured a post dedicated to Atlantic identification would be good to have so everyone can learn how to identify an Atlantic and not mistake it for a brown or something else.  When you do catch one, do your best to keep it in the water, work fast and remember the limit is zero on Lake Ontario tributaries.

 

Here is a link to the MNR site RE : Atlantic ID.

 

http://www.mnr.gov.o...L02_165688.html

 

Here is the CRAA Atlantic Salmon ID poster.

 

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Here are two shots to help identify - note the mouth is very slender and the jaw doesn't extend past the the eye.

 

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This body shot shows a couple more distinct features - no spots on a forked tail ( brown trout have square tails ) and the tailing section ( caudal peduncle ) is narrow and long.  X like spotting mostly on the top half of the fish above the lateral line ( middle of the fish ) with a few spots on its face.

 

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Tight lines!


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#2 NADO

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 12:09 PM

Great post Mike, I really hope this project is successful.


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Posted 18 October 2013 - 12:10 PM

There is to be no discussion about the program, the stocking, the politics or anything of that nature in this post.  That can be discussed in another thread.  Posts will be deleted - this is meant to be an educational post, not an opinion post.  If you have pictures of Atlantics then post 'em up - or pictures of chrome browns that could be misidentified as atlantics so every gets a good idea of whats what.


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Posted 18 October 2013 - 12:10 PM

:lol:  Posted at the exact same time


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Posted 18 October 2013 - 12:16 PM

the head alone should be a give away, i find with trout and steelhead, their eyes and face have a very distinct look about them, just by looking at the eye alone in those pictures you posted you can tell its not a steel.


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Posted 18 October 2013 - 01:31 PM

This fish threw me for a loop. Spots on the tail show its definitely not an Atlantic but there has to be some sort of story behind the genetics of this fish.

 

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 02:56 PM

Do the Atalantics there get the maganficent coloration when spawing like I see in Quebec or elsewhere?  Stunning fish, and on the bucket list.


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Posted 18 October 2013 - 04:00 PM

Do the Atalantics there get the maganficent coloration when spawing like I see in Quebec or elsewhere?  Stunning fish, and on the bucket list.

i dont think so, i recently saw one and was like in the pics above, these are the coolest fish imo, beauty of a trout, power of a salmon, and as fun to catch as bass, i hope they come back 


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Posted 18 October 2013 - 05:17 PM

This fish through alot of people for a loop. Never did get an acctual answer, though I think Bow. 525188_10201085987460629_703169851_n.jpg
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Posted 18 October 2013 - 05:24 PM

This fish through alot of people for a loop. Never did get an acctual answer, though I think Bow. attachicon.gif525188_10201085987460629_703169851_n.jpg

she be a spring BROWN!! lol 


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#11 Rain-bow

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 05:42 PM

Yup, that's a brownie.


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Posted 18 October 2013 - 05:44 PM

This fish through alot of people for a loop. Never did get an acctual answer, though I think Bow. attachicon.gif525188_10201085987460629_703169851_n.jpg

tail pic?


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#13 Majstor

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 06:29 PM

Angler thats brown no doubt in my mind.

Here are a few Atlantic's i got and my buddies hooked up with. They are magnificent fish and need to treated with care if you end up catching one by accident while fishin for salmon/steelhead.

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#14 ChasinTails

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 06:37 PM

float, how did you manage to get so many ? im sure your not targeting them but just wondering


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Posted 18 October 2013 - 06:44 PM

float, how did you manage to get so many ? im sure your not targeting them but just wondering

If you put in as much time time as FD does you are bound to run into them.
They run in the tribs with the rest of them
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Posted 18 October 2013 - 07:19 PM

Nice ticks FD, I like! Can definitely see the difference between them. I can see how Inexperienced people could think different like me.
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#17 Brian

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 08:31 PM

Great post...

Never had the pleasure of hooking into one yet...

Nice pics FD...


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Posted 18 October 2013 - 09:04 PM

This fish through alot of people for a loop. Never did get an acctual answer, though I think Bow. attachicon.gif525188_10201085987460629_703169851_n.jpg

 

 

definitely trout...the fins are a dead give away, atlantics have very broad fins


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Posted 19 October 2013 - 03:44 PM

My friend just got a salar on duffins I saw it and was like SALAR!!!! LOL it has a forked tail so it's not a steel
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Posted 19 October 2013 - 03:50 PM

This fish through alot of people for a loop. Never did get an acctual answer, though I think Bow. attachicon.gif525188_10201085987460629_703169851_n.jpg

deff brown, look at the head, Atlantics have a very distinguishable heads


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